Fighting games are one of the classic genres of video games. They have been around since the dawn of video games, with Heavyweight Champ in 1976. What really made them explode in popularity however, was Street Fighter. Street Fighter added special moves for each character, where before character only sometimes had different fighting styles. This additional variety made Street Fighter, and fighting games, very popular. Since then, hundreds of games have copied this style, while adding their own characters and spin on the formula.
Bloody Roar has people fighting that can also turn into animals. Marvel vs Capcom has mutants, robots, and aliens. Smash Brothers has Nintendo characters beating the crap out of each other. Primal Rage has dinosaurs fighting on Jurassic era stages. Whatever your fighter of choice, fighting games have you covered. Adding new characters and moves seems to be all new fighting games have to do to offer a new version.
Recently, the most popular games have been classic revivals like Street Fighter, which is now on PC, PS3, Xbox 360, and the 3DS, and the more realistic games like the WWE Raw games or EA’s Fight Night boxing games. The thing now is where do fighting games go from here? With basically every character or possibility and special move or fighting style represented in at least one fighting game, what is left to add? The genre really needs some brand new ideas to revive innovation and move past remaking classics or pumping out sequels every year. Hopefully someone can bring something really fresh to the table to keep the genre from stagnating.