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The Top 2D Arcade Fighters

May 07, 13 The Top 2D Arcade Fighters

You might have found memories of sweaty arcades that were hot, sloppy and filled with teenagers covered in pimples.

Ah, good times.

You may also remember a time between the early and mid-90s when a certain genre of gaming was king; the 2D fighters. Yep, it was all the rage, scrolling across the screen landing unholy hyper combo attacks.

Well, arcades may be dead and gone now, but the genre still has a strong following that has kept it alive all of this time. The love just doesn’t seem to stop. Just recently we’ve received a great new gem called Injustice: Gods Among Us, in which all of the fan favorite DC Comics characters duke it out for 2D fighting dominance.

This genre looks to be just growing and growing with no sign of stopping soon. So with that being said, let’s take a look at the crème of the crop from the genre’s past.

Mortal Kombat (2011)This entry in the bloody series brought it back to its two dimensional roots. All the classic gruesome goodness intertwines with all of the shiny bells and whistles that you’d come to expect from this day and age of gaming like online multiplayer. The combos and fatalities are just as sick and gory as they ever were. Oh yeah, and the test your luck game mode is insanely addicting.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 – Tried and true, the bread and butter of arcade fighters. Sure there may be a new, shinier version on the market, but Marvel vs. Capcom two is just as fun for only a fraction of the price.

SNK vs. Capcom 2 EO – The name may be a little bonkers but this game is possibly the best Capcom crossover game ever. The game wasn’t unbalanced, glitchy or any of that nonsense. It was just right for a three-on-three epic battle. In this fighter, everyone is on the same plane thus having the players to rely on skill and not just overpowered and rehashed attacks over and over. Please for the love of all that is holy, this needs a remake or a re-release.

Killer Instinct: Ki Gold – To be perfectly honest, this entire franchise needs a serious reboot from designer RARE games. Actually this fighter was more like a breath of fresh air back in the day for the Super Nintendo Console. It gets credit for its nostalgia, uniqueness and smooth mechanics and that’s all that matters.

Street Fighter 2 – Yes. The one that started it all (okay, maybe it didn’t start it all, but sure did carry it on). If it wasn’t for this, then we wouldn’t have even have this category. Go ahead and give yourself a history lesson, but don’t expect to be cleaning clocks because there are some old school players out there who down right should be professionals.

Yup, I hope you all have your thumbs ready because the competition is ready for the action. So, the next time you get bored of playing Call of Duty, try a little hand to hand combat.

Oh and don’t forget to yell haduken hysterically.

Image Credit: Warner Bros.

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