Last week’s unveiling of Marvel Vs Capcom 3 came with an interesting walk-through by Capcom of their take on the history of fighting games.
While Capcom’s Seth Killian allowed that one could argue that 1985’s Yie Ar Kung Fu was the proto-fighting game, providing a template to Street Fighter, it was his company’s Street Fighter II, he said, that birthed the genre.
Here’s a look at both the peaks and valleys of the fighting genre, as explained by Capcom, and the countless non-Capcom fighting games, as selected by Kotaku, that helped shape the landscape of fighting titles over the past two and a half decades.
This is in no way meant to be a comprehensive list, rather a quick journey through some of the games and franchises of the genre. Thanks to intern extraordinaire Lauren Orsini for the wonderous graphic.