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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
Flash Hiders1993TurboGrafx CDRight Stuff Corp.3.43
World Fighting Championship1993Atari ST3.67
Masters of Combat1993Game Gear, SEGA Master SystemSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.87
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story1993Genesis, Jaguar, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.22
Hokuto no Ken 7: Seiken Retsuden - Denshōsha e no Michi 1993SNESToei Animation Co., Ltd....
Super Street Fighter II1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, Arcade, DOS, FM Towns, Genesis, Sharp X68000, SNES, Wii, Wii UCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.94
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters1993NESKonami, Inc.3.29
Art of Fighting 21994Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, SNES, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.3.99
Tough Guy1994DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd.2.00
Elfmania1994AmigaRenegade Software3.70
Ballz 3D: Fighting at its Ballziest1994Genesis, SNESAccolade, Inc.2.88
Tube Warriors1994AmigaDynabyte1.40
Rise of the Robots: The Director's Cut1994DOSTime Warner Interactive Ltd.2.00
Way of the Warrior19943DOUniversal Interactive Inc.2.95
Brutal: Paws of Fury1994Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, Genesis, SEGA CD, SNESCybersoft, Inc.3.32
Clay Fighter 2: Judgement Clay1994SNESInterplay Entertainment Corp.4.26
Ultimate Body Blows1994Amiga CD32, DOS, WindowsTeam17 Software Limited2.77
Seifuku Densetsu: Pretty Fighter1994SNESImagineer Co., Ltd.3.50
Twin Goddesses1994PlayStationPolyGram K.K.4.00
Tekken1994Android, Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaNamco Hometek Inc.3.32
Cheonha Mujeok1994DOSSoftry Game Production2.20
Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors1994Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.28
Hello Mr. President1994DOSOpen Production...
Jang Pung 31994SEGA Master SystemSIECO...
Horangi-eui Bunno 2: Pi, Don, Geurigo Nunmul1994DOSByulbram Creature...
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Selected Covers

Elfmania Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Elfmania
Tough Guy DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Tough Guy

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Elfmania
Title screen
Screenshot from Tough Guy