10 Fighting Game Spinoffs (That Aren’t Fighting Games)

Stories in fighting games are underrated. They are rarely a priority for fans of each respective series, but the developers still spend some honest time on them. Fighting game stories do a phenomenal job of creating depth in each character; better than most other genres. Fans can find out about the backgrounds, likes, dislikes, relationships, and more. of each character. This depth is often complemented by a continuous and overarching story.


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Sometimes it’s hard to fit interesting new acquaintances within the confines of the standard fighting game format. Other times, it’s worth giving characters a break from excessive fighting. This is where spinoffs come in. Spinoffs are a way to extend existing lore and/or serve as pure fan service. The spinoffs give fans of each respective series the opportunity to see their favorite characters in a new light.

ten Shinsetsu Samurai Spirits Bushidō Retsuden is a JRPG Samurai Shodown

Shinsetsu Samurai Spirits Bushido Retsuden is a Japanese-only spin-off for samurai fight, Samurai Spirits in Japan, which was released in 1997 for the Neo Geo CD, Sega Saturn, and the original PlayStation.

Shinsetsu Samurai Spirits Bushido Retsuden is not a unique story within the samurai fight universe. In fact, it’s a re-reading of the original samurai fight and Samurai Shodown II in a rich JRPG format. Players can select their main character at the start of their game, but no matter who they choose, players will see few plot deviations. Players can also use joystick movements to perform special moves, much like its fighting game counterpart.

9 Death by degrees takes a break in the Mishima family

Nina Williams is one of the most popular and beloved characters in the tekken series. The elegant Irish assassin was a mainstay of the tekken series since its debut in 1994. Nina has appeared in all tekken game as well as Street Fighter X Tekken. It’s safe to assume that Nina will appear in tekken 8.

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Nina received her own spin-off in the 2005 Playstation 2 action-adventure game Death by degrees. In Death by degrees, Nina is assigned by both the CIA and MI6 to infiltrate a criminal organization called Kometa. The reception for Death by degrees was mixed. Critics praised Death by degree story while criticizing its camera, loading times, and a control scheme that relegates movement to the right analog stick.

8 Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero Was A Story That Shouldn’t Have Been Told

Nina Williams isn’t the only fighting game character to receive a solo spin-off. Eight years earlier, Mortal Kombat Sub-Zero received one in the form of Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero for the original PlayStation and Nintendo 64.

Mythologies is a side-scrolling action-adventure game that serves as a prequel to the original mortal combat. Bi-Han, the first Sub-Zero, is tasked by Quan Chi with retrieving Shinnok’s amulet. Sub-Zero controls the same way it does in Mortal Kombat 3 and can be upgraded using RPG items. However, Mythologies was panned for its controls and notoriously difficult difficulty. Mythologies is still considered to this day as a low point in the mortal combat series.

seven Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks was a well done Mortal Kombat spin-off

Mythologies was not the end of Mortal Kombat spin-off attempts without a fight. 2000s Mortal Kombat: Special Forces was received even more harshly than Mythologies. The mortal combat series finally produced a worthy spin-off in 2005 with Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks.

Shaolin monks is an action-adventure beat ’em up starring Liu Kang and Kung Lao set after the events of the original mortal combat. Shaolin Monks was well received upon release and has since become a popular game in the mortal combat fanbase with many constantly asking Ed Boon to produce a remaster, re-release or even a sequel.

6 Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight Isn’t What 2010 Really Was

There was a time when the answer to the question “What do you get when you cross street fighter with mega man?” was not Marvel vs. Capcom Where Super Smash Bros.

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Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight is a side-scrolling sci-fi action platformer released for the NES in 1990. Street Fighter 2010 features Ken, who is a cyborg 25 years after the events of the original street fighter. Ken featured in Street Fighter 2010 is actually a localization change because in Japan the character is called Kevin and is not related to street fighters Ken. Localization is just one of many issues that has come to plague Street Fighter 2010who understands its great difficulty.

It’s hard to go wrong with tile matching puzzle games. Especially after their resurgence through mobile games such as Candy Crush Saga. It’s also hard to go wrong with the chibi versions of street fighter and Dark Stalkers characters.

The puzzle fighter series, which began with the self-aware name Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbowas first released in 1996. puzzle fighter pits the player against another player or a CPU. Each competitor is represented by a character from street fighter Where Dark Stalkers. When a player manages their tile board, their character will fight and taunt the opposing character.

4 The King Of Fighters All-Star Brings SNK’s Extensive Character Catalog To Mobile

It’s hard to find a video game series that hasn’t already produced a mobile spin-off. Mobile games are not new to king of fighters. Two examples include The beat of the fighters in 2014 and the popular The King of All-Star Fighters in 2018.

All Star is a beat’em up game with RPG elements. All Star brings with it all the ingredients of a mobile game such as microtransactions and gacha functionality. It’s not only king of fighters and SNK games that have been included in All Star. In reality, All Star has already organized a collaboration event with Street Fighter V. This is notable because Capcom and SNK haven’t had a good relationship over the past few decades, making it a sign that the remaining bad blood between the two companies is being patched up.

3 Guilty Gear: Judgment was a spin-off that was packed with a fighting game

Beat ’em ups are definitely a popular format for a fighting game spin-off. The bridge between a fighting game and a beat ’em up is short. Guilty Equipment received its own spin-off beat ’em up in Guilty Equipment: Judgment.

Guilty Equipment: Judgment was released in 2006 exclusively for the PlayStation Portable. Guilty Equipment: Judgment presents the majority of Guilty Equipment roster at the time as well as a new character, the villainous Judgment. Guilty Equipment: Judgment also includes the years 2004 Guilty Gear XX #Reloadfor Guilty Equipment fans who still want to play a fighting game.

2 Soulcalibur Legends is a Wii-exclusive spin-off

It is surprising that it took until 2007 to soulcalibur receive a spin-off. Early soulcalibur are among the most critically acclaimed video games of all time. Not to mention its fun inclusions of guest characters such as The Legend of Zelda link and Star Wars’ Dark Vador. soulcalibur finally received its spin-off as a Wii exclusive Soulcalibur Legends.

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Soulcalibur Legends is fixed between soul edge and soulcalibur with a story centered around Ivy and Siegfried Schtauffen that further explored Siegfried’s connection to the monstrous Nightmare. True to the soulcalibur series, Soulcalibur Legends features a guest character in Symphonia Tales Lloyd Irving.

1 The Dead Or Alive Xtreme series is one of gaming’s most notorious spinoffs

It’s easy to forget that Dead or alive is a series of grassroots fighting games. The mainline series has often been overshadowed by other 3D fighting game series such as tekken and virtual fighter while much of the attention Dead or alive only receives is directed to its beach volleyball spin-off series, Dead or Alive Xtreme.

Extreme is a prime example of finding what resonates with fans and aggressively going all out in that direction. Dead or alive is filled to the brim with sexiness through its cast of female characters, so Tecmo and Team Ninja leaned heavily into that by bringing these characters to a resort town. Surprisingly solid volleyball gameplay plays second fiddle to the social elements where players can build their relationships with Xtreme’s cast of characters.

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