If you’re into arcade sticks, combo videos and tournament live streams, then it’s safe to say you’re looking forward to new fighting games.
Luckily, 2016 is filled with several returning favorites and some new worthy challengers. Capcom’s Street Fighter series is ready to unleash it’s 5th main entry, beloved anime’s are receiving new brawlers, Nintendo’s pocket monsters are waging war and plenty of 1st-timers are launching this year. This a list of the upcoming fighting games of 2016 you need to be aware of.
Our gut tells us you’ll be seeing these games dominate all those EVO 2016 Twitch streams…
Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel
Publisher: XSEED Games
Platforms: PS4, PS3
Release Date: February 2
If you consider yourself a pretty avid fan of the Arcana Heart series, then we’d like to recommend Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel to you all. This 2D anime fighter’s roster is fully composed of several heroines that got their start in Nitroplus’ visual novels, manga’s and anime shows. During every battle, you can call up to two assist characters and pull off last minute escapes with a button catered to evasive maneuvers. Along with the game’s super combos (Lethal Blazes), surprise combos (Variable Rushes) and attacks that cancel your opponent’s offense (Infinite Blasts), this fighter sounds like its deep enough for the hardcore FGC crowd.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Release Date: February 9
The Ultimate Ninja Storm games have increasingly gotten better and better with every release. Now that it’s ready to debut on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC, fans can look forward to an even more epic rendition of its intense ninjitsu clashes. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 will feature the largest roster ever seen within the entire series. If you just happened to check out the The Last: Naruto the Movie and Boruto: Naruto the Movie films, you can look forward to using the ninjas who appeared in them. Of course, the main story campaign will continue where the last game left off and include the incredible boss fights the series is known for. Some of the new mechanics during battle we’re excited for are the character swap outs during fights, weapons/armor breaking, elemental damage and more.
Street Fighter V
Developer: Capcom, Dimps
Platforms: PS4, PC
Release Date: February 16
The evolution of Street Fighter continues with the 5th main sequel in the long-running franchise. Street Fighter V will land on the PS4 and PC with a mix of returning characters, longtime favorites who haven’t been seen in a while and roster newcomers. Although Focus Attacks won’t be making their return, a bunch of new mechanics will make their debut – the V-Gauge, V-Skills, V-Reversals and V-Triggers. The game’s newest fighters fit perfectly into the world of Street Fighter and we’re excited at the prospect of this entry having a deeper story mode. Street Fighter V will build upon the legacy its namesake has kept strong for so long.
Mortal Kombat XL
Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: March 1
Ed Boon and his mad team of fighting game experts are still supporting the console versions of Mortal Kombat X. For those who still haven’t picked up a copy of one of the best fighters of 2015, a complete edition is releasing just for your group. Mortal Kombat XL comes with everything released in the initial release of the fighter, plus it gathers all the awesome character outfits and additional roster members added as DLC. This means you’ll not only get access to the 1st Kombat Pack, you’ll get Day One access to the Kombat Pack 2 characters – Bo’ Rai Cho, Alien, Leatherface and Triborg (this 2nd Kombat Pack can also be purchased digitally). Serious online players will be pleased to know that this version of the game will come with a better implemented online netcode (which should also be coming as an update to owners of Mortal Kombat X).
Developer: The Pokemon Company, Bandai Namco Entertainment
Publisher: Nintendo, The Pokemon Company
Platforms: Wii U
Release Date: March 18
Pokemon fans have sat in front of their mobile devices and witnessed Nintendo’s pocket monsters go head to head for years. The most recent versions of the main RPG games have managed to make those battles look a bit more livelier, but they still don’t fulfill our fantasies of how Pokemon really look when they fight. Pokken Tournament looks to be the game that fully realizes how Pokemon pull off their most powerful attacks against an opponent in an enclosed arena. This Wii U exclusive fighter features popular Pokemon such as Lucario, Machamp and Pikachu and lets them scrap it out with Tekken-style mechanics. Support Pokemon can be called on for assist attacks, plus you can pull off some amazing super attacks and transform into Mega Evolution forms.