Fighting games had a marquee year in 2018, as a mix of fantastic callbacks, fun single-player modes, and outstanding tournaments kept the genre a bigger talking point than it’s been in a long time. And for the first time, we’re giving fighting games their own genre awards! Here are our picks for which games moved the genre forward or redefined old ground throughout the year.
Best Roster: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Fitting and balancing 74 playable characters into a single game is an incredible feat no matter how many franchises you’re pulling from, which makes Ultimate’s roster of Nintendo and third-party characters hard to beat. Add to that a number of changes made to characters who played similarly to others (Link’s conversion to his Breath of the Wild rendition is fantastic) to further distinguish everyone, and you have the largest and best collection of characters in fighting game this year, and possibly ever.