It's a flawless time to be a fighter.
1. Street Fighter V
2. Mortal Kombat XL
For people who enjoy: The bloody, fun style of Mortal Kombat. The developers have done an amazing job at staying relevant over the course of the last two decades and XL is a great installment in the series. With Alien, Predator, Jason Voorhees, and Leatherface as playable characters, XL is sure to please longtime MK fans and newcomers alike.
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Windows
3. Pokkén Tournament
For people who enjoy: The idea of beating the crap out of Pokémon, but don't want the hassle of being a trainer. The game is visceral and intense with a small cast of well-chosen playable Pokémon.
Where to watch it: Pokkén was released just recently so there isn't much footage out yet. It will be featured at EVO and CEO. Check out the trailer.
Available on: Wii U
4. Rivals of Aether
5. Killer Instinct
For people who enjoy: Ludicrously over-the-top combos and a constantly updating cast of characters. This reboot of the classic '90s game has an interesting model of releasing new content over the course of a season. Recently, they've been adding tons of guest characters from classic games like Battletoads and Halo.
Available on: Xbox One, Windows
6. Guilty Gear Xrd
For people who enjoy: Over-the-top anime action with a huge assortment of unique characters. Guilty Gear has never had major mainstream recognition, but this rock 'n roll themed game is undeniably a joy to play, once you get the hang of it.
Available on: PS4, PS3, Windows
7. Super Smash Bros. Melee
8. Project M
For people who enjoy: The speed of Melee with the cast of Brawl. Project M is a fan-based Smash modification which has become a pretty consistent side event at Smash tourneys. The mod was designed by commited fans and is chock-full of custom content, like the costumes seen above.
Where to watch it: There's no real central Project M hub, but AZPM streams often on Hitbox and has a huge archive on YouTube. Salty Highlights is also a ridiculously entertaining series that shows off what's possible in the game.
Available on: Wii
9. EA Sports UFC 2
10. Tekken 7
11. Super Smash Bros 4
For people who enjoy: A Smash game bursting with content. The newest edition in the series has extra characters from Capcom, Sony, and Platinum Games and has grown extremely popular as an eSport over the past year.
Available on: Wii U, 3DS