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Genre: Versus fighting

Group Description

Versus fighting games (sometimes referred to as one-on-one fighters, though this definition is not precise) is a branch of fighting games that confines close-combat opponents to a small, enclosed area. As opposed to brawlers, the player-controlled character does not traverse a stage (level) in order to proceed to the next one; rather, the advancement is determined by winning a match and proceeding to face the next opponent, similar to boxing and wrestling games. Also, unlike in beat 'em up games, the opponents in versus fighting games are usually equal in numbers and comparable in strength, which makes these battles last longer than the battles in brawlers.

Versus fighting games often include competitive two-player modes. A typical feature of these games is the ability to control different characters, selecting them from a roster. The majority of versus fighters are one-on-one; however, tag-team fighting mode can sometimes be included as a mode or even become the main gameplay style in the game.

Limitations: Boxing, wrestling, and other games that may have a versus fighting structure but that deal with a sports branch should not be included in this group.

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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Karate Champ1984Apple II, Arcade, Commodore 64, iPad, iPhone, NES, WiiData East USA, Inc.2.87
Urban Champion1984Game Boy Advance, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.2.83
Yie Ar Kung-Fu1985Amstrad CPC, Arcade, BBC Micro, Commodore 16, Plus/4, Commodore 64, Electron, Wii, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.04
Yie Ar Kung-Fu1985MSX, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii UKonami Industry Co. Ltd.2.78
Yie Ar Kung-Fu 2: The Emperor Yie-Gah1985Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Electron, MSX, Thomson MO, Thomson TO, Wii, Wii U, ZX SpectrumKonami, Inc.2.86
World Karate Championship1985Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 16, Plus/4, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, PC Booter, Wii, ZX SpectrumCommodore Gaming3.60
Kung-Fu: The Way of the Exploding Fist1985Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, Commodore 16, Plus/4, Commodore 64, Electron, ZX SpectrumUXB3.74
Kin-Niku Man: Colosseum Deathmatch1985MSXBandai Co., Ltd.4.00
Fūun Shaolin Ken1987NESJaleco Ltd....
Chop N' Drop1987Amiga, Amiga CD32, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation, Wii, ZX SpectrumActivision, Inc.3.33
Street Fighter1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Windows, ZX SpectrumCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.05
HKM1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumGO!2.15
Shanghai Karate1988Commodore 64Players Software2.00
Fūun Shaolin Ken: Ankoku no Maō1988NESJaleco Ltd....
Shanghai Karate1988Amstrad CPCPlayers Software4.00
Fighting Road1988NESToei Animation Co., Ltd....
Hippodrome1989ArcadeData East USA, Inc.2.70
Fist of the North Star: 10 Big Brawls for the King of the Universe!1989Game BoyElectro Brain Corp.2.62
Tenkaichi Bushi: Keru Naguuru1989NESNamco Limited...
Tongue of the Fatman1989Commodore 64, DOS, GenesisActivision, Inc.3.40
Budokan: The Martial Spirit1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, BlackBerry, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, MSX, ZX SpectrumElectronic Arts, Inc.3.34
Bruce Lee Lives1989DOSSoftware Toolworks, Inc., The3.62
Sakigake Otokojuku: Meiōtō Kessen1990Game BoyYutaka...
Pit-Fighter1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Boy, Genesis, Lynx, SEGA Master System, SNES, ZX SpectrumAtari Corporation2.69
Fighting Masters1991GenesisAmerican Treco Corporation2.25
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Selected Covers

Bruce Lee Lives DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Bruce Lee Lives
Street Fighter Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Street Fighter
Urban Champion NES Front Cover
Front cover for Urban Champion

Selected Screenshots

Company Logo (VGA)
Screenshot from Bruce Lee Lives
IBM PC production information
Screenshot from Street Fighter
Title Screen
Screenshot from Urban Champion