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6 must-play fighting games on Nintendo Switch

It might not have the grunt of an Xbox Series X or a PS5, but there’s still some great fighting games on Nintendo Switch. In some ways, it’s the best way to play: thanks to the Joy-Cons, you’re always prepped to battle it out against a friend. And there’s a great choice of fighting games available, too.

While the Switch is missing many of the newest fighting games available on other consoles, it still has some excellent choices. All of the fighting games on this list will keep you entertained in their own way, and they can all be played online, too. Go on, pick one or two of them up and show your family/friends/random strangers what you’re made of.

1. Mortal Kombat 11

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Image: Netherrealm Studios

In our review of Mortal Kombat 11, we called it “fluid and intuitive”, and a “joy to play”. Five years since its release, and it’s still true. Sure, we’ve had Mortal Kombat 1 release since, but with its Switch port being pretty disappointing, we’d recommend sticking with Mortal Kombat 11 if you want to play on Nintendo’s handheld. Not that it’s anything to cry about: this is a seriously good fighting game, packed with content and modes.

And if you want the full experience, there’s a deluge of DLC available to add in new content and characters, such as The Terminator, The Joker, and Robocop.

2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Of course, we couldn’t round-up the best fighting games on Switch without including Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, could we? It may not be the first Smash Bros. game, but it’s arguably the best, with a huge roster of characters spanning the majority of Nintendo’s library.

Not quite in the same league as the likes of Mortal Kombat 11, Super Smash Bros. is more of a brawler than a one-on-one fighting game, but it’s still just as much fun. We also love how accessible it is: in our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate review, we described it as “beautifully towing the line” between casual players and hardcore fans.

3. Dragon Ball FighterZ

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Image: Bandai Namco

Whether you’re a fan of the franchise or not, Dragon Ball FighterZ is easily one of the best fighting games on Switch. Its animation is stunning and its characters are packed full of charm and personality: even if you’ve never seen the anime it’s hard not to love them.

In our Dragon Ball FighterZ review, we praised how easy to get to grips with this fighting game is; it knows that not everybody is a pro and respects beginners just as much as long-time fans. But if you are a long-time fan, you’ll find a satisfying amount of depth here.

4. Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection

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Image: Capcom

You won’t find Street Fighter 6 on Switch, unfortunately, but you can take a trip back in time to experience Street Fighter’s roots. And, if we dare say so, the older Street Fighter games are just as much fun to play — if not more. In fact, we called it “absolutely essential” in our Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection review.

This collection includes 12 classic Street Fighter titles including the original Street Fighter, Street Fighter II, Street Fighter III and plenty more. Fighting one-on-one in 2D is an absolute blast, and while the visuals may be dated now, there’s a certain charm to the pixel art on display in this collection. And getting to revisit where our favourite fighting game franchise started is a real joy.

5. ARMS

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Image: Nintendo

ARMS deserves a place on this list of must-play fighting games on Switch simply because there’s nothing else like it — and you can’t play it anywhere else. This Nintendo Switch exclusive gives you extendable arms on springs, and by using Joy-Cons as boxing gloves, you can fling a mixture of attacks at your opponent.

In our ARMS review, we said “Nintendo’s wacky take on the fighting genre packs a punch and is the perfect way to introduce non-believers to the gaming world.” Yeah, just about anyone can play it, so get your nieces and nephews and nans and grandads involved in this one.

6. BlazBlue: Central Fiction

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Image: Arc System Works

BlazBlue: Central Fiction is the best entry in the BlazBlue series, so of course it deserves a spot in our list of the best fighting games on Switch. While it’s easy to pick up, if you want to truly master Central Fiction, you’ll need to put in the work: its battle systems are complex, but truly satisfying to learn.

In our BlazBlue: Central Fiction review, we praised the game’s eccentricity and the sheer amount of content included here — you’ll find 32 fighters and 60 stages to fight in across a range of different game modes. There’s something for everyone, then — even a story mode that you might find a little over-the-top, but it’s a welcome addition nonetheless.

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