The 15 Best SNES Fighting Games of All Time

Tournament Edition it was a rental-only update that didn’t add any new characters, but fixed some of the original version’s moves and added some extra features. More importantly, it turned the Blue Suede Goo stage into a gigantic image of her hideous, blotchy face. Speaking of ugly, the sequel, C2: Judgment Clayit never really hit the highs of the original game and was just a chore to even look at.

SNES Power Instinct

9. Power Instinct

Despite being a multi-entry fighting game franchise, power instinct has been forgotten by time. The main thing people remember about it is that there is an old character who can use his false teeth as a projectile and can suck the life force out of his opponent, temporarily turning them young. Actually, that comedic touch goes well with this fighter’s excellent gameplay. Power Instinct wasn’t a genre innovator, but his best qualities hit the right notes.

Unfortunately the US version got the short end of the stick. Concepts such as biographies, character-specific win quotes, and even endings were cut. The lack of endings lowers the replay value, but at least the game is competent enough to stand on its own.

Samurai Shodown SNES

8. Samurai Duel

An earlier entry into a genre that was already brimming with options at the time, samurai duel it was one of the first fighting games that felt truly special. Sure, the sequels to the game and the original arcade version were better, but what were you going to do? At the time, his options for a better version were to buy an arcade machine, spend billions of dollars on the Neo Geo cart, or convince his parents to buy him a 3DO. Yes, there was also a Sega CD version of the game, but it removed Earthquake: The Overweight Ninja Bandit from Texas. I absolutely cannot comply with that.

Ultimately, the main drawback of the SNES version is that it lacks the arcade-cool zoom feature. The sprites are much smaller, but everything else works pretty well. Today, Neo Geo ports are easy to come by, but this 16-bit samurai sword game was a decent option back in the day.

Saturday Night Slam Masters SNES

7. Saturday Night Masters

Like I said before, some SNES wrestling games were so widely available that I have to rate them as wrestlers (third would be king of the monsters, which is not on this list). With Beat MastersCapcom put together a fighting game that feels like it’s set in the Street Fighter universe. In fact, narratively, it is! Saturday Night Teachers is part of the same continuity as Street Fighter and includes final fightMayor Mike Haggar as one of its playable characters.

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