10 of the Best Portable Fighting Games

Street Fighter x Tekken (Header)

Most of us have to leave or house every now and then, but contrary to what some people might say, you don’t have to leave all of your fighting games behind. There are some fantastic fighting games that you can play on the go and while handhelds might not be the best way to play fighting games due to simplified control schemes, smaller screens and technical issues, they still offer great experiences. That’s slowly changing though and if you want proof, here are some terrific fighting games that you can play on portable platforms.

Tekken: Dark Resurrection (PlayStation Portable)

Tekken - Dark Resurrection PSP Gameplay

Released as an updated version of Tekken 5, Dark Resurrection has with a bunch of new features: the game runs at 60 frames per second, there’s game sharing, new characters and stages and new modes such as Tekken Dojo and Gold Rush. Since one of the complaints about playing fighting games on the PSP involves the handheld’s uncomfortable D-pad, Namco produced a special attachment that came out as part of a pre-order. Apart from coming to the PSP, Dark Resurrection is also available on the PlayStation 3.

Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX (PlayStation Portable)

Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX PSP Gameplay

There have been several versions of Street Fighter Alpha 3 (the game came out on the PlayStation, Dreamcast, Saturn, arcades and Game Boy Advance,) but believe it or not, the best one was the PSP version. Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX has additional characters, there are barely any loading times and some new modes. If you have a PSP and you’re interested in fighting games, this one is a must have.

Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower (PlayStation Portable)

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Originally released exclusively in Japan, this version of Vampire Savior made it to America as Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower. The game features all the characters, stages, soundtracks and moves from all the previous games in the series which makes it one of the best ways of experiencing Darkstalkers. If you’re into some bizarre fighting games, check out Darkstalkers.

Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition (Nintendo 3DS)

Super Street Fighter IV - 3D Edition Nintendo 3DS

If you’re into fighting games, you probably played some version of Street Fighter IV. After all, the fourth entry in the popular fighting game series came out on a variety of platforms. Nevertheless, not a lot of people played the Nintendo 3DS version. Super Street Fighter 3D Edition had all the modes and features from Super Street Fighter IV, as well as stereoscopic 3D graphics, Dynamic View, online support, Streetpass and game sharing.

Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo 3DS)

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Although most Super Smash Bros. fans played this colorful fighter on the Nintendo Wii U, the 3DS version is also terrific. Super Smash Bros. For the 3DS has exclusive stages taken from popular portable games, there’s an exclusive mode called Smash Run, the port uses cel-shaded graphics. Unfortunately, there’s no cross-play between platforms, there are no movies and the 3DS version has less music tracks than its home console counterpart.

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (PlayStation Vita)

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Screenshot

This handheld makeover one of the most popular crossovers in the history of fighting games is pretty good. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for the Vita is pretty much the same as its home console counterpart, the main difference being that the Vita version has a new Touch mode so pulling off complex combos is easier. Although the oversimplification of the controls, lack of modes can be a problem to some players, this is still worth playing.

Dead or Alive: Dimensions (Nintendo 3DS)

Dead or Alive - Dimensions Nintendo 3DS

Usually recognized as a compilation instead of a new entry in the series, Dimensions is a great entry point for anybody that’s interested in Dead or Alive. There are 26 characters to choose from, the gameplay is fast-paced, there’s a robust online mode, the game comes with street pass support and there are several unlockable goodies, as well as a story mode. If you want to play a Dead or Alive game on the go, it doesn’t get better than this.

Street Fighter x Tekken (PlayStation Vita)

Street Fighter x Tekken PS Vita Gameplay

Street Fighter x Tekken wasn’t as well received as fans were anticipating, but this crossover still has a lot to offer. The Vita version of the game offers a console experience on the go and while some concession were made (such as the visuals) this is still a game that offers a great experience regardless or how familiar or not, you are with the genre.

Mortal Kombat (PlayStation Vita)

Mortal Kombat PlayStation Vita Gameplay

Time and time again, developers proved that the Vita is a capable platform when it comes to ports of home console games and luckily, fighting games are no exception. Mortal Kombat on the Vita has all the content from its big brothers, as well as all the DLC characters and a bonus challenge tower. You can also use the touchscreen to perform fatalities, so you don’t have to worry about memorizing complex button presses to cut heads and remove limbs. Oh, and the game runs at 60 FPS.