Are Arcade Fighting Games of the 1990s Still Relevant Today?

Fighting video games blossomed in the 1990s on arcade gaming machines with many titles ported to numerous gaming consoles and PC platforms. The main reason for the popularity of arcade fighting games not waning is in the gameplay. Indeed, fighting games mechanics seen only slight alterations over the decades, though the hardware they are played on has dramatically improved since that time. Curious about the games that made the fighting genre so popular even today? Nice, let us look at the most classy of them!

Primal Rage

The part that made this 1994 game by Atari so outstanding is the characters you play. Instead of playing human or at least anthropomorphic characters, you are supposed to control giant dinosaur and gorilla-like beasts. Tons of fun!

Primal Rage Virtua Fighter 2

In the 1990s with the manly and shredded fighting game character stereotype dominating, hardly anyone could think of a character fighting and boozing intermittently. However, that was exactly what the new character Shun did in this fully rendered in 3D game by SEGA, which had even quicker and more precise combat than the original.

Virtua Fighter 2

Samurai Showdown 2

While kicking and punching your digital opponents is what arcade fightings are all about, slashing them with your katana is even cooler. Indulge in this guilty pleasure when playing this 1994 sequel that improves on the original in every possible way.

Samurai Showdown 2

The King of Fighters ’98

This 1998 fast-paced combo-packed release was probably the best SNK fighting game and the greatest installment in the series. A true king to rule them all. Ready! Go!

The King of Fighters '98

Killer Instinct

A rare or Rareware, to be precise, example of a fighting game that debuted on arcades in the middle of 1990s and managed not to lose its ground to then-dominant Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter franchises. It is even more impressive, as the Killer Instinct fought for hearts and quarters of the gamers in the same 2D league, in which SF and MK were shining.

Killer Instinct

Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike 

After the original game was released, it became clear that the franchise was here to stay. The developers of the third installment of the iconic series just had to polish technical elements, and to introduce some new characters for the game not to lose its popularity. In that, the 3rd Strike development team undoubtedly succeeded.

Tekken 3

Released in 1997 by Namco this title was another breath of fresh air (or a sip of booze if we take Doctor B.) in the period of MK/SF domination. The third Tekken offered its unique and colorful characters, 3D models and environment, and exciting fighting experience, of course.Tekken 3


This game was released at the end of the 1990s and offered a mixed hand to hand and blade weapon combat experience. Though its arcade version was no slouch with full 3D view, high-poly models and innovative 8-way run system, many argued that the Dreamcast port of Soulcalibur was not only better but also one of those titles that defined this console.


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