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Fighting games are sort of like racing games. While “fighting game” is a genre, it contains many different types of sub-genres, some of which may appeal to you while others don’t. That makes it somewhat tougher to find the right fighting game for you.
Fortunately, like most other genres, there are a ton of different types of fighting games on the Nintendo Switch. While there are some great options that aren’t on this list, we’ve tried to gather a nicely rounded list of games that should appeal to different types of fighting game fans.
There are a significant number of people who bought their Nintendo Switch just to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. That alone should tell you while this platform fighter is on this list, as well as why nothing else could be in the number one spot on this list, even if the rest are in no particular order.
Street Fighter is iconic in the world of fighting games, but that doesn’t mean you’ve played much of the series. If you want to get a look at the series’ roots, this collection takes you from its inception all the way through the many versions of the first three games, complete with online multiplayer for some of them.
The Mortal Kombat series rivals the Street Fighter franchise for the most recognizable name in the fighting game space, and it’s definitely more infamous. This installment takes the series’ well-known penchant for gore even further over the top, but a solid fighting system means this is more than just gimmicks.
Whether you’re just getting into anime-style fighters or fighting games in general, Dragon Ball FighterZ is a great place to start. It doesn’t even matter if you’re familiar with the anime or manga, as this is an accessible fighter that has just enough complexity to make it appeal to seasoned fighting game players too.
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is the comic book crossover event of anime fighters. Characters from BlazBlue, the Under Night In-Birth series, RWBY, and the Persona franchise meet up and fight in a story sure to be incomprehensible to all but the biggest fans of each of these. That doesn’t matter when the tag-style fighting is as fun as it is here.
As if the Pokémon franchise wasn’t weird enough, what if you directly controlled Pokémon while they beat each other up? That’s exactly what you get here, and even though that may make the game seem like something meant to appeal to casual fighting game fans, there is a fair amount of depth and complexity here.
This series is known for the inscrutability of its presentation, with seemingly random phrases tossed over the screen as fights start and end. That’s why it’s somewhat strange that it has some of the best fighting game tutorials in the history of fighting game tutorials. If you’re looking to get better at fighting games, start here.
More Games Like Super Smash Bros
Of all of the different types of games on this list, Super Smash Bros. and similar games are the most divisive. Some only want to play fighters in that style, while others argue that they’re not even proper fighting games. No matter what, if you’re looking for more of that type of game, take a look at our list of games similar to Super Smash Bros.