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Ranking of Fighters: It's Not Art, It's Science

The ONLY ranked list of every fighting game ever made backed by 100% accurate science.

Penicillin. Nuclear power. Those little packets that keep beef jerky dry. These are just a few of the greatest scientific achievements in mankind's history. And while they all seem wildly different, they all started as the same thing: A crazy little idea.

Three years ago, two brave souls that shared a passion for fighting games decided that they were going to do the impossible: create a definitive, ranked list of the every fighting game ever made. It would be easy to just produce a list from memory, and let a combination of passion and nostalgia create a biased ranking. However such a list would be foolish, so these two men decided that the only way to take on such a task was with cold, hard science. Thus, Ranking of Fighters was born.

The original Ranking of Fighters list.
The original Ranking of Fighters list.

Along with newcomer and associate scientist Ben Pack, senior fighting game scientists Jason Oestreicher and Jeff Gerstmann developed a rigorous and argument-proof process that will take any fighting game ever created, and rank it against all others. The process is too lengthy, complicated, and top-secret to post here, but rest assured it is peer-reviewed and completely unbiased by things such as "feelings." The process includes the standard tests of any video game, such as how the game plays and how it is presented, but the team also gets under the hood and asks the important questions like "is there a sound test?" or "is Ten Count in the game?"

The project started small in scope. All the team had was two scientists, a couch, a whiteboard, and a dream. Now the team is bigger, the funding is flowing, and the graphics are fancier -- but the team is still just as passionate about that crazy little idea.

Here is the list, as it currently stands. Check back every other Monday for a new episode of Ranking of Fighters, when two more games will be ranked.

Ranking of Fighters: The Greatest Fighting Games of All Time

Ranking of Fighters

1. Rival Schools
2. Asuka 120% Special Burning Fest.
3. Marvel Super Heroes
4. NeoGeo Battle Coliseum
5. Chaos Breaker
7. Samurai Shodown
8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters
9. Street Fighter X Tekken
10. Critical Blow
11. Shin Kidou Senki Gundam Wing: Endless Duel
12. SVC Chaos: SNK vs. Capcom
13. Karnov's Revenge
14. Battle Monsters
15. Tekken
16. Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm
17. Martial Masters
18. Double Dragon
20. Battle Arena Toshinden 3
21. Capcom Fighting Evolution
22. Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors
23. Final Fight Revenge
24. The King of Fighters '94
25. Battle Fantasia
26. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Fighting Edition
27. Bloody Roar
30. Virtua Fighter
33. Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
35. Fighters Destiny
36. Best of Best
38. Tattoo Assassins
39. Slap Happy Rhythm Busters
40. Justice League Task Force
41. Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi
45. Ranma 1/2: Hard Battle
46. Twin Goddesses
42. Deadly Moves
47. All-Star Fighters
48. Bio F.R.E.A.K.S
49. Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22
50. ClayFighter
52. Fight Club
53. Doomsday Warrior
54. Sonic the Fighters
57. Deadliest Warrior: Legends
28. World Heroes 2 JET
56. Street Combat
6. Soul Edge
19. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S
29. Virtua Fighter
31. Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension
32. Rakugakids
34. Star Gladiator Episode 1: Final Crusade
37. Dead or Alive Ultimate
43. Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring
44. VR Troopers
51. Kakuto Chojin: Back Alley Brutal
55. Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls