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The Top 7... Bitter rivalries

Street Fighter (Capcom) versus Mortal Kombat (Midway)



Choosing sides: Arcade popularity is surging. Everyone is lining up to play fighting games but only two in the whole world matter - Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat. One paved the way for all other fighting games and focused on extremely deep combos and player-versus-player knowledge, while the other was about gushing blood and ripping digitized heads off. Did you shout "shoryuken" or "Get over here?"

Highlights: The real fight was during the Mortal Kombat II and Street Fighter II Turbo era. The choppy fighting of the original Kombat was replaced with a more detailed roster of moves, spectacular sound and even gorier fatalities. This against the second re-issuing of Street Fighter II, which only offered faster moves and a list of nigh-unnoticeable upgrades.

The next follow-up, Super Street Fighter II, brought in four new characters but slowed everything down again. Mortal Kombat 3 introduced button-mashy combos, but also added a layer of silliness that wasn't present before. As the years wore on, both properties were whored out beyond anyone's expectations until they quietly acknowledged that 2D fighters were dead. Then came the ungraceful move into the third dimension.

The outcome: Ryu, Chun Li and Ken are still world famous, but their street fighting cred is running a little thin. All 3D attempts have floundered while the Kombat krew has been churning out successful entries for years, with one still in the works. At this point it's the idea of Street Fighter that won - its characters and gameplay have become legendary by themselves, without a new game to keep the spirit alive. Kombat, on the other hand, had so many lame fighters it had to kill 'em all off last year. It's a clean slate for Sub-Zero, so who's to say Cammy doesn't deserve a seventh chance too?

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34 comments

  • TheHungryLemur - June 1, 2011 1:07 p.m.

    It had to end with Mario VS Sonic. Sega does what Nintendon't!
  • TR4rules - October 11, 2010 5:23 p.m.

    I love all theses games, except madden, unreal and quake. I can't stand multiplayer focused only games. However the game i hate the most aand the saw fit to cement the feelinf was madden. I loved the 2K football series, it was always better and then ea decided that couldn't make a better game so they decided that they would make the only one
  • AlexMercer1337 - November 9, 2009 10:31 a.m.

    I CANNOT believe that Halo and Call of Duty weren't included in this article.
  • pyro9393 - December 7, 2008 10:44 p.m.

    sonic and mario rule but only the orginals and id take re over sh any day
  • ryno - December 2, 2008 3:02 p.m.

    i like resident evil better than silent hill
  • Monkeylink - November 30, 2008 11:40 p.m.

    Mario And Sonic Have been competing since they were made And they both SUCK
  • ShadowOps117 - May 18, 2013 7:51 p.m.

    Shut up.
  • cultofbananas - October 10, 2008 8:03 a.m.

    Wow. I hate EA more than ever... I knew they had some sort of corrupt hand in buying out the NFL, but 15 YEARS?!?!
  • AA95mp - September 8, 2009 2:06 p.m.

    i haven't played quake 2 but i love unreal tournament so it's ut for me.
  • ShadesofGrey - June 27, 2009 4:19 a.m.

    FF IX... I could just never take it seriously. How was it ever an attempt to "hearken to the old school"? The FF IV, V, and VI casts were all serious, grownup characters. As great as the gameplay was, IX is the only FF game I've never WANTED to replay. Steiner is to blame. The coolest/strongest playable character... and he has a look and demeanor that absolutely refused to be taken seriously. Take FF X, replace Auron with Steiner. That game would suck, too.
  • KillerPotato - June 4, 2009 3:25 a.m.

    Sony freaking made final fantasy awesomer, nintendo was good but Sony is better
  • 4everbored - June 1, 2009 8:49 p.m.

    you forgot pro evo and fifa
  • reroxas - March 20, 2009 4:31 a.m.

    I think (no offense) to RE fans which I am though Resident Evil 4 was NOT scary it was amzing don't get me wrong but it didn't give me the thrill. While Silent Hill is scarier, But on the whole equal. But to tell you the truth I expected the Final Fantasy one to be about FF against Dragonquest not Nintendo FF vs. Sony FF. The sony FF is ALOT better than nintendo FF. Every Final Fantasy from 7-12 (not counting 13 ain't out yet) except for 9 and give or take 11 proves that but the remakes of 3 and 4 were good but Sony's was alot better.
  • CoD_22 - March 17, 2009 7:53 p.m.

    @skstorm, it wouldnt be cod4 vs halo it would be cod vs moh. i cant wait for the next moh even though i love cod. moh:european assault on ps2 was the first shooter i played. i decided not to get airborne when i got my ps3 xmas 08
  • Toprockerturner94 - February 7, 2009 2:37 p.m.

    ive never played final fantasy nintendo so i'll have to go for sony
  • Toprockerturner94 - February 7, 2009 2:35 p.m.

    tekken rocks its definately the best fighter ever.ive only ever played virtua fighter on the sega master system and i didnt enjoy it
  • Toprockerturner94 - February 7, 2009 2:32 p.m.

    street fighter is the best. though mortal kombat is good for its fatality's and fighting humor street fighter for me has the edge over mortal kombat
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - February 5, 2009 10:33 p.m.

    Just keep in mind this was posted in July 2007, months before either CoD4 or Halo 3 were out. Still had a lot of fun with it though. It's also from the old site design, hence the many pages instead the now-standard four.
  • gutlessVADER - February 4, 2009 11:16 p.m.

    wat u like sucks wat i like rules i hate u adn wat u like
  • noobeater - February 4, 2009 7:02 p.m.

    im sorry but i think mario hands down beats sonic be it then or now (certainly now) oh and i by far prefer mortal combat however with resi v silent hill ...silent hills which i have only recently played its more tough....silent hill is terrifing but i think resident evil is more fun good article

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