Capcom is known for making great games, but they are probably best known for their fighting games. In total Capcom has released 83 fighting games, and nearly all of them are fantastic. With so many titles to choose from it’s hard to single out ten for this list; so there will be many great titles, like Red Earth and Marvel Super Heroes, which will unfortunately be left out. Almost all Capcom fighting games have anime-inspired character designs, great sound effects and music, and super responsive controls. With this list I have tried to identify the best of the best, and if a title you think deserves a spot on this list was left out leave a comment below.
10 Capcom Vs. Tatsunoko
This really fun fighting game was an exclusive for the Nintendo Wii. In addition to Capcom favorites like Ryu and Chun Li, there are also newcomers to Capcom fighting games like Frank West and the PTX-40A mech from the Lost Planet franchise.
The roster of Tatsunoko characters include Gold Lightan and the cast of the Gatchaman – both popular anime shows. Capcom Vs. Tatsunoko is a two-on-two tag team fighter; with the exception of PTX-40A and Gold Lightan, who are forced to fight without a partner. Many Wii owners purchased the console just to play this game. They were not disappointed.
9 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Based on the manga of the same name by Hirohiko Araki, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a great fighting game from the development team that made Street Fighter III. The mechanics in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure work a little differently than other Capcom fighters.
As in the manga, characters can summon guardian spirits called “Stands” to deliver powerful attacks. A character’s move set is changed when the Stand is summoned. If you are familiar with fighting games it doesn’t take that long to get used to. If you enjoy Capcom fighting games don’t miss out on this one.
8 Darkstalkers Chronicles: The Chaos Tower
This is the fourth of the Darkstalkers/Night Warriors games, and by far the best of them. The Darkstalkers series is basically Street Fighter with monster movie creatures instead of martial artists. Some of the characters are Jon Talbain the werewolf, Demitri Maximoff the vampire, and Morrigan Aensland the succubus. There are many gamers that prefer the Darkstalkers series to the Street Fighter series because of the greater variation between the fighters. If you still have your PS3 you can download Darkstalkers: Resurrection on the PlayStation Network for $14.99 – better get it while you’re still able.
7 Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
3rd Strike was the third, and last, variation of Street Fighter III. The game was improved over the previous two titles with an expanded roster of 20 characters, new backgrounds, and improved controls and audio. Many of the characters in 3rd Strike have not appeared in any of the subsequent Street Fighter games; which is a shame.
The play-control in 3rd Strike is just about perfect, and the characters are balanced very well – except for Makoto, Chun Li, and Yun who are slightly over-powered. Everyone has their own opinion, but for me 3rd Strike is the best of the Street Fighter franchise.
6 Rival Schools: Project Justice
Project Justice is the sequel to Rival Schools: United by Fate, one of the few 3D fighting games from Capcom. Although the game is a 3D game utilizing polygons instead of 2D sprites, it is still presented in the traditional 2D side view that Capcom uses for the bulk of their fighting games. Project Justice is a three-on-three team fighter; with Team-Up and Party-Up attacks. The game looks a bit dated, but the gameplay is fast-paced and the Party-Up attacks are fun to watch – even when you’re on the receiving end of them.
5 X-Men: Children Of The Atom
Children of the Atom was made when the X-Men comics were at the top of their popularity. A lot of the characters, like Omega Red and Spiral, would never be featured in an X-Men (or Marvel) game today with Marvel’s focus on commercially popular characters. Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite’s roster of characters, comprised almost exclusively of characters from the MCU, is an example of this commercial pandering.
Many features of Capcom fighting games, like Super Jumps and the ability to roll after being thrown, were first introduced in Children of the Atom. If you want to play this great fighting game, play the Sega Saturn version or emulate the arcade version; the version for the PlayStation, from Acclaim, is absolutely awful.
4 Marvel Vs. Capcom 2
Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 is a three-on-three tag team fighter with a whopping 56 playable characters. Many of the characters, like Marrow and Servbot, would never be seen in a fighting game again as playable characters. The controls were simplified from previous Capcom fighting games, with only weak and strong regular attacks instead of weak, medium, and strong attacks. This didn’t sit too well with purists who felt the change in controls adversely affected the experience. On some level the purists have a point, but the simplified controls did make the game more accessible to newcomers to fighting games.
3 Street Fighter Alpha 3
This game features the rosters from Street Fighter Alpha 2 and Super Street Fighter II, giving the player 34 characters to choose from. Like 3rd Strike, the responsive controls in Alpha 3 are near perfect. The animated backgrounds in Alpha 3 are probably the best in the Street Fighter franchise.
This game featured a guard meter that, when emptied though blocking the opponent’s attacks, will leave the character temporarily unable to block. Alpha 3 also featured the ability to choose between three fighting styles: A, V, and X styles. The different styles changed a characters speed, power, and damage resistance.
2 Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3
This was a follow-up to Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, and added 12 new characters to choose from. The roster of characters in Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 is maybe the best out of any Capcom fighting game. Have you ever wanted to pit Phoenix Wright against Ghost Rider? Or see Rocket Raccoon fight Ryu? This game lets you do that.
Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 is a three-on-three tag team fighter that focuses on combo attacks. The action is fast-paced, and the graphics have a nice cell-shaded look to them. The only complaint usually leveled at Ultimate Vs. Capcom 3 is that they changed the attacks of some of the characters from the first game.
1 Capcom Vs. SNK 2: Mark Of The Millennium 2001
This is an incredible 2D fighting game featuring characters from the Street Fighter games and many of SNK’s fighters – like Fatal Fury and Samurai Showdown. There are an impressive 48 playable characters to choose from, and like many of the games on this list Capcom Vs. SNK 2 is a three-on-three team fighter. The backgrounds are some of the best out of any 2D fighting game.
The animation of the characters is excellent, and the game runs faster than most Capcom fighting games. This is still available on the PlayStation Network, but unfortunately only for the PS3. Like Darkstalkers, if you want to give this game a try you might want to get it now before it gets removed from the PSN.