When it comes down to popular fighting titles of the early 10’s two games that instantly comes to mind is Super Street Fighter IV along with Mortal Kombat 9. Now its a well known fact that the Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat series were competitors in relation to the fighting genre of gaming back in the 90’s. While many would argue that both the Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat series has both reached their peak during the 90’s the games that we saw between 2010-2011 from Capcom and NetherRealm Studios says otherwise as both games were critically acclaimed by many people.
Super Street Fighter IV was popular mainly because of its large roster of characters including Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Juri-Han, Guile, Cody, Sakura and many others along with being a title that exceeded the expectations of many people who believed there would never be a SFIV at all. The inclusion of online gameplay and cutscenes during rival battles in arcade mode along with a new boss character named Seth added to the replay value of Super Street Fighter IV. In fact, Super Street Fighter IV was arguably the best fighting game of 2010 and is considered to be a stronger title overall than Street Fighter V in the eyes of some.
But as far as 2011 is concerned there is almost no question that Mortal Kombat 9 was quite possibly the best fighting game of that year alongside Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds. Mortal Kombat 9 felt like the complete package for those who never played MK I-III back in the 90’s. In this game you had all the characters & stages from MK I-III along with the storyline from each of those games put into one as they are divided by chapters where players control the likes of Liu Kang, Johnny Cage, Sonya, Sub-Zero, Kitana, Raiden and others throughoutthe campaign.
The character dialogues and interactions in arcade & versus mode were very entertaining and there was so much to do outside of the story mode for Mortal Kombat 9. Also, in addition to online gameplay the Challenge Tower mode was something that would keep players busy for a very long time along with the solo and tag-team ladder gameplay featured in the arcade mode of Mortal Kombat 9. In terms of which game was more popular between Super Street Fighter IV & Mortal Kombat 9 is highly debatable since both titles had cult followings. But there is no question that Mortal Kombat 9 had a higher replay value and much more to do opposed to Super Street Fighter IV overall.