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10 Best Fighting Games on Nintendo Switch (2024)

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It's time to let off some steam and show your friends what you're made of. Fighting games have long provided opportunities to put your pals in their place. All in good fun, of course, with each gamer having their own moments and occasionally letting the light shine on others too. Fighting games are highly enjoyable at any time of day, so knowing a few go-to fighting games is essential. Here are the best fighting games on Nintendo Switch for your next gaming session.

10. Streets of Rage 4

Streets of Rage 4 - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch

Streets of Rage has been around for decades now. Yet, it remains a go-to fighting game for veterans and newcomers alike. Check out Streets of Rage 4 if you haven’t already; a side-scrolling beat ‘em up finessed and polished across several iterations. While it retains the classic mechanics that have captivated the masses for years now, it also adds new mechanics alongside stunning comic-inspired visuals and an upbeat soundtrack. You may want to bring a friend or two for this one, though, with potentially lots of moments for laughter.

9. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy Announcement Trailer | Switch

With Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy, you get three Storm games in one collection, which includes the first three Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm games. This way, you can enjoy a complete story, following along Naruto’s journey from a kid to a legendary ninja warrior. Veterans can relive Naruto’s story, while newcomers uncover what all the fuss has been about in one go. Moreover, you can enjoy online multiplayer now, which makes the hop between realms more wholesome.

8. Brawlhalla

Brawlhalla: Gamescom 2018 New Platforms Announcement | Trailer | Ubisoft [NA]

Brawlhalla’s thriving online community may be reason enough to give it a try. It has over 80 million players, stepping in and out of platform-ranked and casual free-for-all matches to show off their best moves. It’s the perfect game to seek out the best in the game and take them head-on. With up to 61 players to choose from, you’ll never run out of ways to knock out anyone who dares challenge you to a brawl.

7. Under Night In-Birth II Sys: Celes

UNDER NIGHT IN BIRTH II Sys Celes Teaser Trailer | EVO2023

Anime fans will love Under Night In-Birth II Sys: Celes, which improves on the Under Night In-Birth series with better visuals and battle systems. You can enjoy new techniques and playable characters, unlocking unexplored ways to take risks and adapt. While its story is, in fact, a gauntlet of matches with some character interaction, it still packs engaging core mechanics and online battles worth checking out.

6. Dragon Ball FighterZ

DRAGON BALL FighterZ - Nintendo Switch Trailer - Nintendo E3 2018

While the Dragon Ball series has its fair share of iterations worth playing, Dragon Ball FighterZ wins this round. It makes good use of the Unreal engine to infuse breathtaking graphics and spectacular fights. Battles are practically endless, with plenty of excellent fighters to choose from. Plus, it comes with a deep storyline, fantastic combo extensions, and overall rewarding gameplay. You can even go as far as to proclaim it one of the best anime fighters of all time, bringing back Dragon Ball Z’s thrilling glory days.

5. Skullgirls 2nd Encore

SkullGirls 2nd Encore - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch

Alternatively, take control of formidable warriors in Skullgirls 2nd Encore, proving themselves in a 2D fighting arena. Its world uses a stunning, unique, dark deco setting that immerses you in the moment-to-moment action onscreen. While you do see inspirations of classic arcades, Skullgirls 2nd Encore feels modern, from stellar visuals to beautifully rendered story modes. Its difficulty can be a little daunting. Overall, though, gameplay packs plenty of fun action moments enough for every gamer to stick with it till you learn the ropes.

4. Mortal Kombat 11

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch

Mortal Kombat has long been a fan-favorite fighting game across all platforms. So, it’s no surprise Mortal Kombat 11, with its consistently refined gameplay, makes it to our list of the best fighting games on Nintendo Switch. The story remains invigorating, even if parts of it are overly regurgitated. Taking control of Earthrealm’s protectors, you, once again, embark on fighting a good bunch of fierce Mortal Kombat characters and, eventually, establishing your supremacy. Or, you can take on the multiplayer mode, giving the competition a taste of their own medicine.

3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch

If you can believe it, the mouthful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection entry compiles up to 13 TMNT games released between 1989 and 1994. I mean, that’s a wholesome treasure trove of content for gamers reminiscent of the classics. What’s more? The collection doesn’t just throw the games in together. It actually refines gameplay, making quality improvements for contemporary folk.

2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Available Now! - Nintendo Switch

The crossover Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a must-play fighting game. If not for the joy of controlling gaming mascots like Donkey Kong, Kirby, Pikachu, Mario, Link, and more, then for the near-endless content. It indeed lives up to its ultimate name, combining some of gaming’s most fantastic franchises of all time. You switch between chaotic and tense battles, with the four-player match definitely turning up the heat. It’s a wonder how fluid and seamless the controls and matches run. Each punch lands, weight factored in. All 74 characters feel unique, and the different combinations you can come up with are pretty overwhelming to play them all.

1. Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection - Nintendo Switch Trailer

The Street Fighter franchise has long delivered quality fighting games; to have a compilation celebrating the series’ 30th anniversary feels heaven-sent. You’re free to hop back in time, experiencing some of gaming’s most groundbreaking arcade moments in the genre. With up to 12 classic games, many of which are still stellar, you’re basically overrun with content. And if you’re up for it, you can always unravel archival music and documents. Sure, the source material broke new ground. However, experiencing it all in one go feels entirely satisfying.

 

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