We’re going to start things off with a disclaimer: this is not a list of the greatest fighting games of all time. If you’re hoping for a list of the all-time best fighters, you’ll have to hold your horses – that’s a whole ‘nother list we’ve got cooking in the kitchen. Trust us, the debates over that list will be most heated indeed. Some real-life fights may or may not break out.
Instead, this is a list of the best fighting games that you can buy right now. As in, hop onto XBLA, PSN, or dip into a brick-and-morter store, purchase, and play without delay. Zero emulation, arcade proximity, or inflated eBay prices required. These fighters are this generation’s best, evoking everything we love about ‘90s brawlers and modernizing them with spiffy high-resolution graphics, online capabilities, and greatly improved user-friendliness. Whether you’re reviving your love for old favorites or diving into the fighting game community for the first time, you can’t go wrong with these modern-day classics.