Gamers have come a long way since the days of OG fighters such as Karate Champ, Yie Ar Kung-Fu, and The Way of the Exploding Fist.
Since the smashing success of Street Fighter II, the fighting game genre has evolved into a mega force. It offers a nice variety of fighters to engage with that includes traditional 2D fighters, super-fast-paced anime fighters, methodical 3D fighters, expansive arena fighters, and multi-person platform party brawlers.
Fighting games have evolved from their arcade cabinet roots to take over the living room and major FGC tournaments that bring the hype of in-person events to everyone at home via live streams. Thanks to the ongoing fighting game excellence put forward by Capcom, NetherRealm, SNK, Arc System Works, and more, the genre has been given a wealth of classic titles that still get played religiously.
Now it's time for us to show all the love in the world to 42 of the greatest fighting game ever made.