2D fighting games have a special charm about them that a 3D fighter just can't match. Maybe it's the complex simplicity about them. Or perhaps that back-against-the-wall feeling you get when a character rushes in on you is what makes them so irresistible.
Whatever it is, 2D fighters seem to be making a comeback and we couldn't be happier. Recent games like Skullgirls and Injustice are a sign that the genre is still beloved by gamers everywhere, so we decided to sit down and figure out our 25 Best 2D Fighting Games of All Time. Did your favorite titles make the list? Click through and see for yourself.
Be sure to note: 2D fighting games are defined by whether or not they're fought on a 2D plane, so even a game with 3D graphics like Super Smash Bros. Melee still qualifies for this list. Trolls, you have been warned.