There are several portable fighting games out there and since one post wasn’t enough, here’s a second part with even more of them. Below, you’ll find some of the best fighting games that are playable on handhelds and if you feel like I missed anything, let me know in the comments.
Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai (PlayStation Portable)
Over the years, there have been several fighting games based on Dragon Ball and some of them were portable. Although Shin Budokai didn’t set the world on fire, fans loved it for being an accessible 3D fighter that you could play on the go. The combat system is simple to get into, there’s an entertaining story mode and the characteristic Toriyama art style is better than ever. It may not have hundreds of characters like Budokai Tenkaichi, but this is as good as it gets for a portable Dragon Ball game. By the way, Shin Budokai received a sequel called Another Road that was also well received.
Guilty Gear X2 Accent Core Plus (PlayStation Portable)
Guilty Gear X2 is one of the best games in the series which explains why there are so many versions. One of those was Accent Core Plus for the PSP which comes with new features such as a new survival mode, gallery mode, bug fixes, re-balancing, a new story mode and more. Accent Core Plus R was the last version of Guilty Gear X2 and is available for the Vita.
Bleach: Dark Souls (Nintendo DS)
Bleach: Dark Souls (no, not that Dark Souls) is the second Bleach game to come out on the Nintendo DS and this version comes with new characters, moves, game modes and an improved Wi-Fi mode to play online against friends or strangers. Bleach the anime might not be as popular as it once was, but Dark Souls is still worth playing all the same.
Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny (PlayStation Portable)
In a way, Broken Destiny is a smaller version of Soulcalibur IV made to run on the PSP and if you play games on the go, there’s nothing wrong with that. In terms of gameplay, the portable fighter tries to bridge the gap between newcomers and veterans and adds two new characters: God of War’s Kratos and Dampierre. The game was well received, but the lack of a story mode and online versus was heavily criticized.
Tekken 6 (PlayStation Portable)
Over the last couple of years we started seeing more handheld ports of fighting games that came out on home consoles. Tekken 6 must be one of the best ones, since few concession had to be made to release this game on the technically inferior PSP. One of the improvements of this smaller version is that Tekken 6 for the PSP has better loading times than the home console version.
Jump Super Stars (Nintendo DS)
This Japan-exclusive 2D fighting game came out on the Nintendo DS and features dozens of characters from the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. In the game, players use comic book panels to create their unique roster of characters. The single-player has over 75 missions and up to 4 players can play against each other in multiplayer mode. If you’re into manga and you don’t mind spending some money importing this cartridge, you should definitely play Jump Super Stars.
Jump Ultimate Stars (Nintendo DS)
Released exclusively in Japan, Jump Ultimate Stars is an unconventional fighting game that features characters from different Shonen manga series (305 characters overall and 56 playable ones). In the game you craft a deck using manga panels that determine your playable characters as well as your support ones. The sequel has new features such as dashing, battle characters have new abilities, there are new characters and more. Jump Ultimate Stars is a sequel to Jump Ultimate Stars.
BlazBlue Calamity Trigger (PlayStation Portable)
Developed by Arcs System Works, BlazBlue Calamity Trigger is a traditional 2D fighting game where you can use one of three attacks (weak, medium and strong) as well as a unique Drive attack. Of course, the more you keep playing, the more intricacies you find, since Calamity Trigger has a deep and engaging combat system.
Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition (PlayStation Vita)
Injustice puts you in the shoes of some of the most popular characters from the DC universe and you play in 2.5 environments. There are several option when it comes to playing this game, but if you want to play on the go, the Vita version is the one to get (Injustice for iOS isn’t that good.) As part of this version you get a rich single-player, fast-paced gameplay, several unlockables, and more.
Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy (PlayStation Portable)
The original Dissidia: Final Fantasy was terrific, but since 012 works as both a prequel and a remake, there’s not a lot of reasons to start from the beginning. I could go on and on about the story, but you should know that this game allows you to play as the protagonists from Final Fantasy games and fight against the main bosses of those RPGs. This game is a significant improvement over its predecessor in pretty much every department.