Martial Arts and Video Games

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Whilst the trend really began to drop off for arcade games during the late 1980s, mostly due to the advances in home video games, the 1990s saw a massive revival with the introduction of competitive fighting or martial arts arcade games such as Street Fighter II. Street Fighter II was a huge success, paving the way for other games in the fighting genre such as Atari’s pit-fighter, Mortal Kombat, Fatal Fury: King of Fighters, Virtua Fighter, Killer Instinct and The King of Fighters. There was a huge focus on martial arts games during this time in the coin-op arcade game industry and it kept the industry afloat right through the 1990s and into the 2000s.

Street Fighter II was a huge success, paving the way for other games in the fighting genre such as Atari’s pit-fighter, Mortal Kombat, Fatal Fury: King of Fighters, Virtua Fighter, Killer Instinct and The King of Fighters. There was a huge focus on martial arts games during this time in the coin-op arcade game industry and it kept the industry afloat right through the 1990s and into the 2000s.

Martial arts games made it on to the home consoles with the Sinclair ZX Spectrum being one of the first consoles advanced enough to feature coloured graphics and up to 128k – a huge contrast to its predecessor the Sinclair ZX81 with only a monochrome display and 1k of memory.

Home gaming really took off and started to head down the road we now know. Titles such as Street Fighter, Double Dragon and Mortal Kombat were all turned into movies started a world-wide obsession with martial arts movies and games that continues to this day.