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The best fighting games on Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch has received excellent ports of some of the best fighting games from recent years, as well as plenty of exclusive titles. While Super Smash Bros. games may still be the best fit for the Switch, you can choose from a wide variety of fighting styles, from flashy anime to gory Kombat. Let’s take a look at the best options around!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
87%
4.5/5
E10
Platforms
Nintendo Switch
Genre
Fighting, Platform
Developer
Sora, Bandai Namco Studios
Publisher
Nintendo
Release
December 07, 2018
Smash Bros. may not need an introduction — in fact, Ultimate might be the reason that you bought a Switch in the first place. This brawler is packed with video game characters, offers more than 100 stages, and allows you to play with up to eight different friends (plus a single-player mode to get to learn the basics). Whether you’re whacking away as Sephiroth or bashing your baddies as Ash Ketchum, there’s endless fun to be had here no matter what kind of gamer you are. Just make sure your internet connection is strong if you are playing online.
Super Smash Bros. is coming to Nintendo Switch!

Mortal Kombat 11

Mortal Kombat 11
84%
4.5/5
M
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia
Genre
Fighting
Developer
NetherRealm Studios
Publisher
WB Games
Release
April 22, 2019
Mortal Kombat 11’s Switch port doesn’t disappoint, especially if you like lots of bloody action and one of the best stories seen in recent fighting games. It’s also packed with characters, including some great guest options, all of which are brilliantly animated for maximum carnage. The many different modes ensure there’s always something to do or unlock, so you can switch it up whenever you desire. The gameplay can be as technical as you want, making it a great choice for serious fighting fans looking for a one-on-one matchup. The only downside is that the Switch’s native screen is a little too small to enjoy all the detail behind this game, so you may want to dock it to a larger display for maximum effect. We know Mortal Kombat 1 is out and technically available on the Switch, but that’s one game that didn’t survive the translation to Switch in a passable state.
Mortal Kombat 11 – Official Announce Trailer

Skullgirls: 2nd Encore

Skullgirls: 2nd Encore
73%
T
Platforms
Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Arcade, Nintendo Switch
Genre
Fighting, Arcade
Developer
Lab Zero Games
Publisher
Marvelous USA, Inc., Arc System Works, Autumn Games, Skybound Games
Release
July 07, 2015
Skullgirls has had a long road to reach the Switch, so you shouldn’t pass it by! This game originally came out in 2012, but the stylized characters and amazing animation make it look completely modern. With the new edition, you get all the new characters and updates for the best version of the game yet. What makes this game unique, aside from the art style, is that you choose how many characters you play as. You can focus on being a single character, or split your health pool between two for more versatility.
Skullgirls 2nd Encore - Launch Trailer

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
80%
T
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia
Genre
Fighting
Developer
nWay
Publisher
Lionsgate Games, nWay
Release
March 26, 2019
Don’t judge this fighter just because it’s based on a licensed property. Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is a rock-solid fighter that just so happens to feature your favorite color-coded heroes. If you were a fan of the fighting systems in Marvel Vs. Capcom, then you owe it to yourself to check this one out. It has a great roster for fans of the franchise, with battles being 3-on-3 affairs that offer a ton of potential and matchups to learn. It also helps that this game features fantastic rollback netcode for smooth matches, even on the Switch’s Wi-Fi.
Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid - Announcement Teaser

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection
79%
T
Platforms
Nintendo Switch
Genre
Fighting, Arcade
Developer
Capcom
Publisher
Capcom
Release
May 29, 2018
This Switch title packs 12 Street Fighter games into one, allowing you to experience the full history of the franchise and get caught up on the story if you are looking forward to future releases. Any Street Fighter title that’s been enabled with online pay in the past (such as Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting) can be played online here, too. There’s also added quality of life improvements such as easy pausing. Considering Street Fighter 6 didn’t make its way to Switch, this is your next best option.
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection - Announcement Trailer

Arms

Arms
70%
E10
Platforms
Nintendo Switch
Genre
Fighting
Developer
Nintendo EPD, Nintendo
Publisher
Nintendo of America, Nintendo of Europe, Nintendo
Release
June 16, 2017
ARMS is certainly one of the most unique fighting games we’ve seen in a long time, with melee characters that come bearing spring-loaded arms (literally their arms) to punch each other with and activate their special abilities — with some help from the JoyCon controllers. It’s fairly whimsical fun that’s suitable for the whole family, and the 3D environments allow for some surprisingly intense strategies. There are modes for both one-versus-one play and sports options with multiple players.
ARMS - Demonstration - Nintendo E3 2017

Dragon Ball FighterZ

Dragon Ball FighterZ
85%
T
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre
Fighting
Developer
Arc System Works
Publisher
Bandai Namco Entertainment
Release
January 26, 2018
The pinnacle of anime fighters, this game does an excellent job of bringing DBZ characters to life in vivid, flashy action, throwing out endless combos like they’re nothing and juggling powering moves with (hopefully) perfect timing. It’s also an excellent tag-team fighter, allowing you to switch rapidly between different characters on your team to gain timely benefits. There are around 20 different characters to experiment with, plus DLC. You may want to turn down the volume, though — the DBZ yelling is … very authentic.
Dragon Ball FighterZ - E3 2017 Trailer (Official)

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2
4/5
E10
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre
Fighting, Platform
Developer
Fair Play Labs
Publisher
GameMill Entertainment
Release
November 07, 2023
While the first game was a little rough around the edges, Nickelodeon’s sequel brawler is an improvement in every way. It’s packed with fan-favorite characters and continues to get updates that improve performance, add new characters, and introduce voice acting to make it all seem that much more real. While it works best if you don’t take the fights too seriously, you can certainly play with a hardcore mindset if you want.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 - Exclusive Announcement Trailer

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy
70%
T
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Genre
Fighting, Adventure
Publisher
Bandai Namco Entertainment
Release
July 27, 2017
Most arena fighters have never been as flashy or full of spectacle as the Naruto Shippuden series. Even if you don’t know or care about the anime, this collection of all three titles is worth the investment, plus it’s a great recap of essentially the entire Naruto saga. This game is more about fun and looking cool than tight, tactical gameplay, though. If you’re looking for a game to kind of turn your brain off with, look no further.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy Announcement Trailer | Switch
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Best Alienware deals: Gaming PCs, laptops, and monitors
Alienware Aurora R15 placed at an angle on a table.

As a brand, Alienware has been around for decades, and it makes some of the highest-end gear on the market, and that includes the best gaming laptops, gaming PCs, headsets, and even gaming chairs. In effect, it's very similar to Apple in that it is a premium brand of premium products, which also means that it can sometimes cost and arm and a leg to grab an Alienware product. Luckily, there are a lot of great deals floating around, whether from Dell directly or other retailers like Amazon and Best Buy. As such, we've collected some of our favorite Alienware deals below.

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Alienware AW920H wireless gaming headset -- $180, was $200

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Best gaming PC deals: Lenovo Legion, ASUS ROG, Acer Predator
young woman playing video games on a PC

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Best gaming PC deal for entry-level gamers
CyberPowerPC Gamer Master Gaming Desktop -- $650, was $700

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Razer Blade 15 lifestyle image on desk

If you're on the hunt for gaming laptop deals, you won't want to miss 4th of July sales. The good news is that you can already start your shopping, as various retailers have rolled out their discounts for the holiday. You're going to have to be quick with your purchase though, in order to make sure that you're able to secure the savings. To help you out, we've rounded up our favorite gaming laptop 4th of July deals below, with choices ranging from budget-friendly devices to top-of-the-line machines. Compare these with gaming PC 4th of July deals before you click any checkout buttons.
MSI Bravo 15 -- $750, was $1,000

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