Fighting games have been around as early as 1976. However, it was only in the early 1980s that the genre reached popular heights, mostly thanks to the advent of the arcade. Now, multiple award-winning franchises form a significant part of the genre, most notably the Tekken franchise and the Mortal Kombat series. Fighting games have evolved exponentially in recent years, with better visuals, new gameplay mechanics, and fully fleshed out stories. For fighting game aficionados, this Sparkian segment is the place to be for all major updates!