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Evolution of Fighting Games 1985-2021

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Evolution of Fighting Games 1985-2021

1985 Yie Ar Kung-Fu
1987 Street Fighter
1989 Street Smart
1991 Street Fighter II
1992 Mortal Kombat
1993 Virtua Fighter
1994 Killer Instinct
1995 Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
1996 X-Men vs. Street Fighter
1997 Tekken 3
1998 The King of Fighters ’98
1998 Soulcalibur
1999 Dead or Alive 2
2000 Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes
2001 Super Smash Bros. Melee
2002 The King of Fighters 2002
2003 Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2
2004 Def Jam: Fight for NY
2005 Soulcalibur III
2006 Virtua Fighter 5
2007 Tekken 6
2008 Street Fighter IV
2009 BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
2010 The King of Fighters XIII
2011 Mortal Kombat
2012 Skullgirls
2013 Injustice: Gods Among Us
2014 Guilty Gear Xrd
2015 Tekken 7
2016 Street Fighter V
2017 Injustice 2
2018 Dragon Ball FighterZ
2019 Mortal Kombat 11
2020 Granblue Fantasy Versus
2021 Guilty Gear Strive

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  1. Def Jam FFNY is still the greatest one

  2. Loved the video, but have to say the anamie games don't float my boat. Anamie creeps me out in general, seems that the main viewers of that are perverts or worse!

  3. Lista incompleta, con alcune date errate e soprattutto si perde il percorso evolutivo

  4. Street fighter is astonishingly great fighting game from 1987 til now

  5. Very incomplete list, but interesting to illustrate the genre… It just pains me not to see Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting or Samurai Shodown…

  6. Bloody Roar was a game changer back then, having the ability to transform into an animal and even get new combos and animations was groundbreaking, it's a shame it wasn't even mentioned 🙁

  7. You so missing a truck load of fighting games in this list unless its only the games YOU played that is

  8. No Pit Fighter or Fatal Fury or Samurai Showdown?

  9. I feel offended for not seeing King of Fighters on the list

  10. Кунг-фу самый крутой файтинг. Остальное фигня.

  11. Super Street Fighter 2 was my first fighting game back in the day

  12. You forgot the best fighting game ever.
    Urban Regin PS2

  13. There are many inconsistencies in physics in Mortal Combat but I just realized that SubZero's freezing shoot makes character frozen in time too (because it doesn't fall on the ground if frozen in air)

  14. Tekken 6 was my first favorite fighting game on PSP since 2016

  15. Killer instinct si from 94? In México O played it till 96 ir 97.

  16. Why are fighting games still in 2D. They need to try 3D. 😅

  17. Yo recuerdo haber jugado Yie Ar Kung Fu pero en 90'

  18. Hi can i use your content? And i make it in other way and by recognize you and promoting you ? Please

  19. Thumbs down for not appreciating SNK. That company contributed immensely to the fighting game genre

  20. 00:09 most difficult game ever 😂😂😂😂😂😂
    Btw anyone knows DJ Fight? Awesome 🤩

  21. 1996 is Virtua Fighter 3!!!
    Esse cara faz tudo errado!!!

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