All Upcoming Fighting Games of 2018

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Another fighting game apocalypse is upon us!

And that, my friends…is a good thing (shout out to DDP). 2017 seemed to be enough of a Shoryuken to the jaw when it came to the onslaught of fighters that released. Injustice 2, Tekken 7, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, and several other brand new contenders entered the fray. Along with fully featured games, pre-existing fighters were updated with new characters, proper gameplay rebalancing and even new modes (we’re looking at you, Tekken Bowl!).

Now that we’re in a new year, everyone’s looking forward to the next slate of upcoming fighters. On the horizon, there’s a wealth of incredibly hype fighting games that may top last year’s amazing lineup.

This list will keep you updated on all the fighters you need to be aware of in 2018.


Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition

Developers: Capcom, Dimps
Publisher: Capcom
Platforms: PS4, PC
Release Date: January 16

Street Fighter V’s 2-year run started out on a mediocre note. But thankfully, Capcom and Dimps have made great strides in making its premier fighter climb higher and higher to greatness. Two seasons of DLC characters, new stages, way too many Chun-Li costumes and character rebalancing have led up to this – 2018’s overhaul of Street Fighter V.

Arcade Edition will feature tons of fan requests – an arcade mode (WHAT TOOK SO LONG?), a more spruced up user interface, new V-Triggers’s and of course, new characters. Season 3 brings along with it the return of Sakura, Blanka, Cody, and Sagat. Then there’s the intriguing character additions of Falke and G. All those features and more will hopefully make Street Fighter V even more of a hype spectacle in your living room and at EVO.

Buy Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition here.


Dragon Ball FighterZ

Developer: Arc System Works
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
Release Date: January 26 (PS4, Xbox One, PC), September 28 (Nintendo Switch)

This one’s a match made in heaven. Arc System Works, the fighting game experts behind the Guilty Gear series, have partnered up with Bandai Namco to create a 2D Dragon Ball fighter. And to make this whole deal even better, that game is a 3v3 team based battle royale. Dragon Ball FighterZ has captivated hardcore and casual fighting game fans alike due to its flashy art style, insane onscreen action, and amazing delivery of fan service.

Everyone from Goku right on down to his Dragon Ball Super rival Beerus are a part of this anime brawler. This fighter is just as fun to watch as it is to play for hours on end. Dragon Ball FighterZ is set to be one of the biggest games to launch in the first half of the year.

Buy Dragon Ball FighterZ here.


Dissidia Final Fantasy NT

Developer: Team Ninja
Publishers: Square Enix, Koei Tecmo
Platform: PS4
Release Date: January 30

Since 2015, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT has garnered a hardcore fanbase and gotten even better while in Japanese arcades. Anyone not living in Japan has had to wait for news of this game being ported over to consoles. Last year, that announcement went from a far-off dream to a hype inducing reality. Now it’s official – PS4 owners will get the exclusive right to get embroiled in some Final Fantasy-themed fisticuffs.

Unlike the last two games, this series’ console debut will focus on 3v3 battles. Much of the roster from those two games will make their return alongside new members, such as Final Fantasy XV’s Noctis. The stages are now more vibrant and spacious, plus the action unfolds in a far more exciting manner. Dissidia Final Fantasy NT should be a priority for anyone who who wants to play out Cloud, Tidus, and Squall vs. Sephiroth, Jecht, and Ultimecia in their living room.

Buy Dissidia Final Fantasy NT here.


EA Sports UFC 3

Developer: EA Canada
Publisher: EA Sports
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: February 2

The UFC has thrown itself into the digital Octagon numerous times. EA got the official rights to the MMA fighting league and have developed two games thus far. Now that they’re on their third try, EA Canada is looking to go even bigger. Besides improved visuals, EA Sports UFC 3 will feature a more focused career mode (G.O.A.T.).

Your created combatant’s journey to the UFC Hall of Fame will entail endeavors inside and outside the Octagon. The addition of social media to this career mode up’s the ante and makes your rivalries even more heated. Outside of the single-player goods, there’s plenty of stuff to get into with your MMA obsessed buddies. Knockout Mode returns, plus Ultimate Team Mode brings back the fantasy manager aspirations players have grown accustomed to. EA Sports UFC 3 looks to be another MMA fighter that’s conditioned to win.

Buy EA Sports UFC 3 here.


Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st]

Developers: Ecole Software & French Bread
Publisher: Aksys Games
Platforms: PS4, PS3, PC, PS Vita
Release Date: February 9 (PS4), August 20 (PC)

Don’t be embarrassed if you happened to have missed the first version of this underrated anime fighter. It came out on the PS3 while all the current-gen consoles were kicking into a higher gear. Aksys Games is set to deliver an updated edition of its Ecole Software/French Bread developed fighter to not only the PS3 and PS Vita, but also the PS4. Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] (good luck trying to understand that title) will make its way over to the US/UK after it launches in Japan.

With it comes a new Tutorial Mode that will break down the game’s hardcore fighting game mechanics, a new Mission mode and the arrival of two new characters – Enkidu and Wagner. The roster will be packed with 20 characters and big balance changes will make put them on an even more equal footing. Don’t pass this one up once it drops. And for everyone who played the first edition and still look back fondly on Melty Blood, this should already be on your wishlist.

Buy Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] here.

Pick up a Steam gift card here if you’re looking to start playing Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] on PC.


The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia

Developer: NatsumeAtari
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platforms: PS4
Release Date: February 9

Anime-based arena fighters seem to be the norm when it comes to the type of games Bandai Namco publishes. And to be quite honest…that’s far from a terrible occurrence. The Ultimate Ninja Storm games are much better than they have any right to be, so Naruto fans were more than pleased with the series.

Now, The Seven Deadly Sins manga/anime will be getting the same treatment with the release of Knights of Britannia. You can look forward to playing a full-fledged adventure mode and also engaging in 1v1/2v2 battles with Meliodas, Elizabeth, Hawk, and other fan favorites. This video game adaptation of The Seven Deadly Sins looks to be doing a fine job of respecting its beloved source material.

Buy The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia here.


Slice, Dice & Rice

Developer: Dojo Games
Publisher: Arc System Works
Platforms: PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC
Release Date: February 14 (PS4, PC), September 6 (Nintendo Switch)

Fighting game fans have been clamoring for a Bushido Blade sequel for years now. That incredibly underrated fighting game series threw players into a world full of weapons-wielding warriors who could off each other in one hit. While another entry in that franchise is a far off dream, developer Dojo Games hopes to provide a fun 2D take on its combat stylings.

Slice, Dice & Rice is a visually striking fighter that’s all about dishing out that one fatal blow. There’s no health bars to keep track of here – all you need to do is carefully react to your opponent’s movements and counter accordingly. Each character and stage is covered in a cool black and white silhouette, which gives this slick indie fighter a look all its own. And once the blood starts flowing, you’ll get plenty of satisfaction from being the last feudal warrior standing.

Buy a PSN Gift Card here so you can digitally purchase Slice, Dice & Rice.

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Them’s Fightin’ Herds

Developer: Mane6, Inc.
Publisher: Humble Bundle
Platform: PC
Release Date: February 22

This four-legged brawler has an interesting backstory. At first, Them’s Fightin’ Herds was referred to as “Fighting is Magic”. Its references were clearly a shout out to the uber popular My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic animated series. Since it wasn’t an official product cosigned by Hasbro, a cease and desist memo was sent to the developers and a Plan B had to be enacted.

The devs behind this indie fighter rechristened it with a new name and a host of original characters who still kept the theme of furry combat alive. Once it releases, you’ll recieve the full gamut of fighting game offerings – a huge Story Mode that’ll continuously be updated, GGPO powered online play, and a deep combat system. It may look cute and cuddly on the surface, but its gameplay is far from warm and friendly.

Pick up a Steam gift card here if you’re looking to start playing Them’s Fightin’ Herds on PC.


The King of Fighters ’97 Global Match

Developer: SNK
Publisher: SNK
Platforms: PS4, PS Vita, PC
Release Date: April 3

SNK’s back in business, baby! They’ve done everything possible to make The King of Fighters XIV stay relevant (by the way, Oswald and three other characters are arriving as DLC this year), plus they’ve re-released a bunch of games from their arcade vault. It’s always cool to see them throw in online features for their best fighters, such as Samurai Showdown V Special and Garou: Mark of the Wolves. The King of Fighters ’97 Global Match is next up to bat in that regard.

Besides casual/ranked match options, there’s going to be a gallery mode and trophy support…cause duh, right? As the fourth game in the King of Fighters series, ’97 first introduced the Advanced and Extra Modes that were tooled to how players fill their Power gauge. KOF ’97 is one of the better games in the series, so this Global Match edition is a deal worth taking.

Buy a PSN Gift Card here so you can digitally purchase The King of Fighters ’97 Global Match.

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Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection

Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: May 29

Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition is the present. This 30th Anniversary Collection is the past being ported over to the current-gen. And we couldn’t be any happier. This package deal is practically a steal since it gives players 12 games.

Those games include classics such as Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 2, and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike. Online battlers can fight for the top spot in Street Fighter 2 Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3, and Street Fighter III: Third Strike. There’s a bunch of games to master (again!) and learn the history behind thanks to the myriad of bonus modes. The Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection needed to happen a long time ago. But hey! At least we’re getting it now.

Buy the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection here.


BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

Developers: Arc System Works
Publisher: Arc System Works
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: June 5

Arc System Works, we’ll gladly bow to you! They’re making Dragon Ball fans happy with FighterZ earlier in the year. Months later, fans of BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena and Under Night-In Birth will get a gift of their own – BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle. This 2v2 fighter features the best members from each game for some cross brand battles on a 2D plane.

Alongside series veterans such as Ragna, Yosuke, and Hyde will be a few faces from the anime RWBY. At launch, 20 base characters will be available while the other 20 will arrive as DLC. Team-based supers, mechanics adopted from the latest entries of every game, and a huge roster makes BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle a sure-fire hit.

Buy BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle here.


Fighting EX Layer

Developer: Arika
Publisher: Arika
Platform: PS4
Release Date: June 28

Skullomania. Doctrine Dark. Garuda. Those names should be familiar to anyone who’s played the Street Fighter EX games. Before last year, it seemed as if we’d never see those characters in a new fighter ever again. On April Fools Day 2017, Arika dropped a gameplay teaser of what looked to be a revival of their past fighting game franchise.

When news came out that this game was indeed real, fans rejoiced! Fighting EX Layer has since evolved into a current-gen rendition of Arika’s fighting game formula. Which means you can once again activate ground chain combos and sick Super Cancels. Debuting in this revival are Auto Combos, a Progressive command input option and the Gougi boost system. What once was thought to be nothing but a joke has thankfully become a seriously good time.

Buy a PSN Gift Card here so you can digitally purchase Fighting EX Layer.


Pocket Rumble

Developer: Cardboard Robot Games
Publisher: Chucklefish
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: July 5

If you were one of the few folks out there who owned a Neo Geo Pocket Color, then you know how many great fighters that portable housed. Cardboard Robot Games knows this all too well, which is why they’ve adopted the feel and look of those games for their latest project. Pocket Rumble, a 2D fighter on its way to the Nintendo Switch, is nostalgia personified.

Don’t let its simple aesthetics fool you, though – there’s some deep combo potential present here. The simple 2-button approach harkens back to the Neo Geo Pocket Color control scheme. Thankfully, the fun factor of that control method for portable fighters is still intact. The GGPO netcode should provide a seamless online experience for those who want to rank up against human competition. Pocket Rumble looks to be a great nostalgic trip back to underrated portable fighting games.

Buy a Nintendo eShop Gift Card here so you can digitally purchase Pocket Rumble.


Koihime Enbu RyoRaiRai

Developer: Unknown Games
Publisher: Degica Games
Platforms: PS4, PC
Release Date: July 12

If you happen to be one of those gamers who goes out looking for obscure Japanese-only fighters, you’ve probably come across Koihime Enbu. Its roster consists of numerous ladies inspired by China’s Romance of the Three Kingdoms era. This 2D fighter features graceful battle animations, a unique mechanic that lets your character call on the aid of strategists, and a gameplay style that Samurai Showdown fans will surely appreciate.

After receiving a number of requested updates to the arcade version, Unknown Games and Degica Games have decided to finally bring the game to the States on PS4! What sets this updated version apart from its predecessor is a larger roster of playable characters and strategists, plus various gameplay improvements across the board. The first version of the game already exists on PC for Steam owners. As for PS4 owners, they’ll finally get a chance to give it a spin without having to spend any import currency.

Buy a PSN Gift Card here so you can digitally purchase Koihime Enbu RyoRaiRai.

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Brawlout

Developer: Angry Mob
Publisher: Angry Mob
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
Release Date: August 21 (PS4, Xbox One, PC), Out Now (Nintendo Switch)

There’s been a whole lot of fighters getting released these days that are more akin to the mechanics seen in Super Smash Bros. One of the newest games of that type is Angry Mob’s take on the genre, Brawlout.

The better parts of Nintendo’s party fighter appear here – an eccentric roster full of indie gaming icons, tons of character archetypes, vibrant stages with platforming opportunities and the chance to pull off big combos. Props goes out to Brawlout for featuring some impressive visuals that plays well to its animated art style. Everything we’ve seen so far from this fighter has us very confident about the final product being worth investing in. Carefully choose your Exemplar and head into battle for some good ol’ fashioned local and online beatdowns.

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Blade Strangers

Developer: Studio Saizensen
Publisher: Nicalis
Platforms: PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC
Release Date: August 28

If there’s one thing that fighting game fans don’t mind, it’s more 2D-based fighters that harken back to old-school stylings. Studio Saizensen are releasing a game in that ilk with Blade Strangers, a crossover fighter that features characters from a few Japanese development studios.

For anyone who’s aware of titles such as Cave Story+, Sayonara Umihara Kawase, and Code of Princess, this game’s roster should give you a fave to become top-tier with. As far as modes go, the basics are here and accounted for. Blade Strangers looks to be a dark horse contender for one of the better fighting games to hit the FGC in 2018.

Buy Blade Strangers here.


Fire Pro Wrestling World

Developer: Spike Chunsoft
Publisher: Spike Chunsoft
Platforms: PS4, PC
Release Date: August 28

Never mind that disgrace of a Fire Pro Wrestling game that “graced” the Xbox 360 a few years back. THIS is the follow-up to Fire Pro Wrestling Returns that fans have been waiting for! For those of you who’ve grown tired of the WWE 2K games, this hardcore take on wrestling games will be your saving grace.

Fire Pro Wrestling World sticks to the formula that still works like a charm – in-depth grappling that relies on timing and skill. The 2D sprites have been cleaned up for this sequel, which means all your custom creations will look even better than before. Now you can share your creations online, such as your own wrestlers, mat logos, and referees. Once you master the controls, you’ll become embroiled in some ruthless MMA Deathmatches and intense multi-man wrestling bouts. Fire Pro Wrestling World is a wrestling game fan’s dream scenario come true.

Buy Fire Pro Wrestling World here.

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Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker

Developers: Soleil, Soleil Trust Inc.
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: August 31

Now that CyberConnect2 has completed their work on the Ultimate Ninja Storm series, a new developer has stepped up to produce Naruto’s gaming exploits. Soleil is lending its talents towards this new take on ninjitsu-fueled arena clashes.

Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker is a team-based fighter that pits teams of four against each other in exciting skirmishes. This game’s wild brawls erupt into powerful ninjitsu abilities being activated, ninjas running up the sides of obstacles, and missions being completed all at the same time. You’ll even get to live out your dreams of becoming a part of Naruto’s world as the game lets you create your own in-game ninja. Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker is the next generation of of fast-paced ninja combat.

Buy Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker here.


SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy

Developer: SNK Corporation
Publisher: NIS America
Platforms: PS4, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: September 7

SNK has risen like a phoenix thanks to the positive fan response for The King of Fighters XIV and its many console ports of arcade classics. In 2018, the PS4 and Nintendo Switch will play host to a 2v2 fighter that’s all about SNK’s huge lineup of feminine fighters. SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy features popular waifu material such as the presence of ladies like Athena, Kula, and Leona.

The game’s engine seems to be modeled after the one that powers KOF XIV, which is a plus to us since that fighter is so awesome. Along with all the female fisticuffs action is a new tag team battle system, the battle ending Dream Finish technique, and a customization mechanic that lets you dress up your favorite SNK ladies. This release is the SNK All-Stars fighter we figured would happen someday. Thank God that day is coming this year.

Buy SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy here.


WWE 2K19

Developers: Yuke’s, Visual Concepts
Publisher: 2K Sports
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: October 5

AJ Styles aka “The Face That Runs the Place” is getting the ultimate wrestling game honor – he’s been selected as the cover star for WWE 2K19. With such an amazing in-ring Superstar donning the front of 2K Sports’ WWE simulation series, hopes are high that the game will be just as “Phenomenal” as Mr. Styles. And by the looks of things, WWE 2K19 might improve things for the better.

Showcase Mode is back…FINALLY! And this time, it’s going to take players on an epic journey through Daniel Bryan’s storied career. Besides the return of that fan favorite mode is a new feature called “Towers.” Like Mortal Kombat before it, WWE 2K19 will challenge players to take on a series of themed opponents via ascending towers. You’ll even get the chance to use your MyCareer created Superstar to take on the competition. The roster of this annualized sequel is massive, plus there’s plenty of wild matches to play out within WWE’s latest round of digital body slams and Frog Splash’s.

Buy WWE 2K19 here.


Soulcalibur VI

Developer: Project Soul
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: October 19

“Welcome…to the new age of history.” While Soulcalibur VI isn’t a complete reboot of the series, its plotline will revisit the events of the first game in the series. The series took a few left turns with the last two mainline entries, but this current-gen release looks to right the ship.

Series mainstays like Mitsurugi and Sophitia will be joined by newcomers, plus new mechanics like the climactic Reversal Edge will make weapons clashes appear more dynamic. Fans should be confident that this sequel will bring Soulcalibur back to its past position of prominence. Tekken 7 satisfied its fanbase last year. Now it’s up to Bandai Namco’s other celebrated fighting game series to do the same.

Buy Soul Calibur VI here.


Lethal League Blaze

Developer: Team Reptile
Publisher: Team Reptile
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: October 24 (PC), Spring 2019 (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)

The intense high-speed baseball themed fighter known as Lethal League is getting another swing at bat! Fans of the first cel-shaded ball basher can head back into the arena with the upcoming sequel, Lethal League Blaze. If you missed out on this sequel’s predecessor the first time around, just know that you’re in for some fiery back and forth base-brawls when you finally give it a shot.

Lethal League Blaze is brining back everything that worked like a charm before – a striking cel-shaded art style, 4-player multiplayer brawls, a standout soundtrack, tons of unlockables, and a wealth of gameplay modes. Team Reptile looks to further refine the fast-paced mechanics of the first game with this welcome sequel. With even more characters to play with at launch, Lethal League Blaze is set to bring even more intensity to the fray.

Pick up a Steam gift card here if you’re looking to start playing Lethal League Blaze on PC.


My Hero One’s Justice

Developer: Byking
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
Release Date: October 26

AND ANOTHER ONE! Any by that we mean, say hello to another arena fighter that uses the likeness of a popular manga/anime. Byking’s hoping that My Hero One’s Justice proves to be a hit with the series’ growing fans.

From the looks of things, this game may turn out being much better than expected. For one thing, the whole concept of My Hero Academia (heroes and villains battling it out while using their signature “Quirks”) is fighting game material. Series stalwarts such as Izuku and Tomura enter the fight and tear through all the stages they’ll clash in. Fighting for justice looks to be a task worth taking within this destruction-filled fighter.

Buy My Hero One’s Justice here.


Brawlhalla

Developer: Blue Mammoth Games
Publisher: Blue Mammoth Games
Platforms: Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: November 6

PC gamers who’ve already hopped into this indie fighter have already preached about its legit status. Once it finally makes the transition to Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, it should come as no surprise when that console’s fanbase becomes believers too. Brawlhalla adopts the platform-centric fighting system that the Super Smash Bros. series made so popular and matches it up with 2D visuals.

Over 40 legendary miniaturized characters make up the roster of mini-warriors who jump high and hit fast. The most fun parts of Brawlhalla occur when four players are onscreen beating each other off of platforms and pulling off double digit combos. We can’t wait to take this new chaotic fighter online for some outlandish free for all’s.

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Omen of Sorrow

Developer: AOne Games
Publisher: AOne Games
Platforms: PS4
Release Date: November 20

You know what pains us to say? Capcom’s horror-inspired fighting game franchise Darkstalkers is a non-factor these days. AOne Games is filling the niche fighting game market that Morrigan and her crew once filled with the launch of Omen of Sorrow. This classic 2D brawler features a roster that’s packed with goth-like warriors and things that go bump in the night.

The classic horror gimmicks that still fuel big screen films physically battle it out in this one. Omen of Sorrow lets you wear your opponent out while playing as a werewolf. That’s worth the price of admission alone (especially if you want some Killer Instinct-like action on the PS4).

Buy Omen of Sorrow here.


Override: Mech City Brawl

Developer: The Balance Inc.
Publisher: Maximum Games
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: December 4

There’s been a ton of 3D arena brawlers popping up lately. But what’s really been missing is that fighting game type mixed in with massive mechs as playable characters. If you still look back fondly on the King of the Monsters series and put a lot of time into the PS2’s War of the Monsters, then this indie fighter should get you excited. Override: Mech City Brawl throws a whole bunch of towering bots into the fray that are reminiscent of your favorite Transformers and Gundam Mobile Suits.

Developer The Balance Inc. is making sure to put a lot of cool features into their upcoming fighter. 12 towering mechs will be available on day one. Their explosive clashes will take place in arenas modeled after locations within San Francisco, Mexico, Tokyo, Egypt, and more. There will be a special 4-player co-op mode that allows each person to control a different part of their chosen mech. And you’ll be able to hop into local and online versus and co-op battles, a single-player campaign, and a garage that lets you customize your massive mechs. Override: Mech City Brawl is the perfect fighter for fans of kaiju films, giant robots, and big city brawlers.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: December 7

The world gasped in awe and then proceeded to break the sound barrier with their screams of adulation when this entry’s teaser trailer dropped. Fans have been eagerly anticipating some sort of confirmation that Super Smash Bros. is coming to the Switch. Now that that dream scenario has been fully realized, they’re looking for even more official news about it.

What’s known so far is that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s rendition of Link will be popping up. Plus Splatoon will be getting proper representation in the game with the addition of a male and female Octoling. Super Smash Bros. is one of Nintendo’s biggest franchises and is sure to make a huge splash when it makes its debut on the Switch. Portable battle royals with Nintendo icons sounds like an amazing time well spent!

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Fantasy Strike

Developer: Sirlin Games
Publisher: Sirlin Games
Platforms: PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC
Release Date: TBA

Fantasy Strike is an interesting beast. It’s not concerned with asking players to memorize complex combos. Each character’s super move, throw and two specials are simply tied to a respective button, so it’s easy to wrap your head around the battle system. Casual and hardcore fighting game players alike will be able to pull off impressive combos with just a few button presses.

And by not pressing anything at all, your character gains the ability to counter grabs. Fantasy Strike is doing something different in a market filled with several heavy hitters. Fantasy Strike’s “easy to understand, but deeper the more you play” concept makes it stand out from the pack.

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GUTS

Developer: Flux Game Studio
Publisher: Libredia Entertainment
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: Out Now (PC), TBA (PS4, Xbox One)

Simply put, GUTS is a complete gore fest. This self-proclaimed “ultra-violent Tarantino-style fighting game” focuses on dismembering limbs and letting buckets of blood splatter. There’s no health meter to worry yourselves over – getting the big win entails cutting off your opponent’s arms and legs, then finishing them off with an extra brutal final blow.

GUTS thrives on its overabundance of blood and guts. Besides local and online multiplayer modes, this fighter offers up several meaningful character stories to play through. With nine playable masochists to master and five colorful stages to battle on, GUTS provides the type of entertainment fans of Mortal Kombat and Thrill Kill (remember that one?) will enjoy.

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