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Video game hardware systems on which fighting games have been developed.

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A CD-based home console developed by The 3DO Company. Hardware variations were produced by Panasonic, Sanyo, and Goldstar. Originally retailed for approximately $700 and had very little third-party su

Advanced Pico Beena
A second educational console from Sega and their final console outing. Released in 2005 and supported until at least 2011. Like its predecessor, its fighting games content consisted of a bunch of toku

Commodore's popular self-contained computer, it went through several incarnations, including the CD-based Amiga CD32. Home to ports of many popular fighting games, and some original titles as well.

Amstrad CPC
Another one of those wacky computer systems from the 1980's.

Google's open-source mobile platform.

Android TV
A microconsole running on Android technology, which has a generic download store such as from Google Play or Amazon. These releases do not include closed Android microconsoles such as OUYA or GameStic

Apple II
Apple's second computer system, released in 1977.

Blanket term for unique or otherwise uncommon JAMMA hardware.

Atari 2600
Atari 2600 was the first massively popular console. Although it more or less died in '83 with the Video Game Crash, it is still very popular for homebrew applications.

Atari 8-bit
Atari's 8-bit computer line, including the Atari 800.

Atari ST
Personal computer released by Atari in the mid-1980's.

Ill-fated arcade hardware pushed by Sammy as a new inexpensive cartridge-based platform; basically a cheaper variant of the already well-established Naomi board.

BBC Micro
The BBC Microcomputer System, developed by Acorn Computers and funded by the British Broadcasting Company. Games were not the computer's focus, but it did boast ports of some popular arcade games.

Commodore 16
A low-cost computer intended for consumers who were ready to graduate from the Vic-20 but could not afford the Commodore 64.

Commodore 64
The venerable C64 home computer, released in 1982.

Upgrade to the original CPS chipset, and Capcom's most prominent Arcade hardware.

Capcom's final piece of arcade hardware, a 2D powerhouse but rather cost-ineffective due to its complexity. This same complexity has made it something of a holy grail of arcade emulation to this day,

Dedicated Console
A gaming console that is dedicated to one or more built-in games, and has no option for playing additional games via external devices.

A children's "personal media center" released in Europe and Australia. Most of the games released on it were ports from Game Boy Advance, but a few original titles made its way there in the device's s

Console version of Naomi hardware, employs proprietary GD-ROM format. Primarily used for mid-generation 3D titles.

A handheld system from the UK which plays only officially-licensed compilation cartridges.

A Japanese personal computer.

A super obscure Game Boy competitor from Taiwan that flopped notoriously hard. Oddly, it had more fighting games than even some of the more mainstream systems.

Game Boy
Released as a big gray brick with monochrome graphics in 1989, Gameboy later appeared as different incarnations such as the Gameboy Pocket and Gameboy Color. It is most widely known for Tetris, and wa

Game Boy Advance
Successor to the original Gameboy portable and backwards compatible with its entire library of games.

Game Gear
Sega's full-color portable system.

Game King
LCD-based handheld system from TimeTop. Came in "Game King I" and "Game King II" varieties, as well as a backwards-compatible color system, "Game King III".

Another Tiger handheld system. You can go online in black and white!

Nintendo's answer to the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. True to its name, it is a cube and it does play games. Failed to make a spark with mainstream gamers and fell far behind its competition. Despite its h

UK-developed handheld system. Games are downloadable via an iTunes-like service. Mostly plays licensed Genesis ROMs but also supports original content.

GameStick is an Android mini-console so small that it can be actually stored inside its own controller.

Sega's most succesful console and immortal 16-bit rival to the Super NES. Genesis does what Nintendon't.

Another Game Park handheld release

GP2X Caanoo
Game Park's final handheld device before shifting focus to software only.

Game Park's first handheld system release.

Hyper Neo Geo 64
3D variant on the MVS / Neo Geo hardware, met with lackluster success.

One part PlayStation, one part Intellivision, one part e-Reader, all parts suck. Notable for having an X-Men versus fighter as a pack-in, but otherwise, it's pretty forgettable.

Apple's operating system for their iPod/iPhone/iPad devices.

iQue Player
Designed by scientist Wei Yen and manufactured by Nintendo, the iQue Player (aka Nintendo iQue) was only released in China. It only plays first-party Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 games, but it does

Atari's 64-bit resurgence to the console world, it promised to be better than its 16 and 32-bit competition simply because it had more "bits". Viewed as a curiosity due to its complicated gamepad, toi

Simplistic LCD, mostly 1-player games. The most well-known manufacturer in the U.S. is Tiger, but dozens of manufacturers are responsible for these games worldwide.

Blanket term for the sometimes unnamed consoles developed by Lexibook. Some have different gimmicks such as portability, rudimentary motion controls, and external cartridges, but it's all the same har

Freely distributed computer operating system released in 1991. Some games were released sporadically over its lifespan, but it only really became a viable platform for gaming circa 2011.

Apple Macintosh, for self-important audio producers and artists

Master System
Sega's 8-bit system designed to compete with the NES.

Blanket term for mobile ("cell") phones. Whether the mobile phone market is the wave of gaming's future or just a load of barely playable crap has yet to be determined.

An operating system for IBM PCs. MS-DOS games may or may not have problems running under Windows.

Standardized PC platform, home to Konami's greatest virgin efforts.

MyArcade Go Gamer
Handheld device from DreamGear.

Arcade version of Dreamcast hardware, employs proprietary GD-ROM format.

Neo Geo
Refers to both the arcade MVS and home AES versions of the hardware; SNK's ubiquitous arcade workhorse. Max 330 Mega, Pro-Gear Spec.

Neo Geo CD
Most, but not all titles on the Neo Geo were ported to this more affordable but slightly less than perfect home system.

Neo Geo Pocket
SNK's brief expedition in handheld gaming, released in b/w and color variations.

Nokia's side-talkin', taco phone of a blunder.

Nintendo 3DS
The successor to the DS, it has two screens and a stereoscopic 3D option.

Nintendo 3DS eShop
Downloadable games for Nintendo's 3DS platform. Includes Virtual Console.

Nintendo 64
Released in 1996 with 64-bits and a cartridge format, it failed to make a huge impact, but being a Nintendo system, was able to ride on the waves of fanboys.

Nintendo DS
In many ways, the successor to the Gameboy Advance, despite what Nintendo says. Like the Game & Watch games of yore, it has two screens. It also has touch screen capabilities and a built-in microphone

Nintendo Entertainment System
The long reign of Nintendo's console king was winding down just as Street Fighter 2 hit the big time. As such, very few fighters found their home there, if you don't count Hong Kong bootlegs.

Independent console running on modified Android OS technology.

The NEC PC-9801, Japanese line of personal computer.

Polygame Master, a Neo Geo MVS-like arcade cartridge unit developed by IGS.

Sega's kid-friendly platform, mostly associated with educational software, especially in its brief life in the west. In Japan, its software grew varied over time, and even warranted a successor, the A

After their contract with Nintendo was rendered null and void, the Playstation was changed from a Super Nintendo add-on into a fully-fledged CD-based platform. Very popular for 2D and 3D fighters, eve

Playstation 2
The obvious successor to the Playstation, the PS2 brought more of what made its predecessor popular. Home to hundreds of well-loved franchises, and more fighting games than you can handle.

Playstation 3
Unlike its predecessors, gamers on the whole have failed to warm up to the PS3. Likely factors include being ludicrously expensive, the removal of proper backwards compatibility in later models, and l

PlayStation 4
Just as its name indicates, the PlayStation 4 is the fourth sequential home console from Sony.

PlayStation 5
Sony's fifth home console.

Playstation Network
Available in downloadable form on the Playstation 3.

Playstation Portable
More commonly known as PSP, it's circa a PlayStation 2 in terms of power. Runs on mini-discs called UMDs, which were also a failed movie format. An upgrade called PSP Go!, which removes the UMD slot a

PlayStation Vita
Sony's second handheld console.

Tiger Electronics' first foray into handheld gaming systems.

Sega's 2D powerhouse. Thanks to a cartridge slot for RAM expansion is home to many "arcade perfect" fighting ports.

Sega 32X
A mushroom-shaped add-on for the Genesis. Slid into the Genesis' cartridge slot, it runs on 32-bit cartridges. While a few decent games were released for the system, developers and consumers were lean

Sega CD
A CD-ROM attachment for Sega Genesis, it was touted as revolutionary, but its library was crammed full of lousy FMV games. Few titles actually used the hardware to its fullest, and thus, it got mostly

Sega's first console, mostly forgotten by all but the most dedicated of fans.

Google's game streaming platform, available via multiple devices.

Super A'Can
A 16-bit console released by Funtech Entertainment in Taiwan, in 1995. Noteworthy only for its terrible port of Sango Fighter that was reportedly coded by a single member of Panda Entertainment with a

Super NES
16 bit successor to the Nintendo Entertainment System. Now you're playing with power, Super Power.

Game Boy competitor created by Watara. Most well-known in the west for its ubiquitousness in mail-order catalogs in the early 90s.

Nintendo's home console that can be turned into a portable.

Tatung Einstein
Taiwanese/British computer system that flopped in both venues. Still semi-popular for indie games.

Thomson TO7
French microcomputer used in almost every school in that country back in the '80's. Apparently also plays games, including a couple of old versus fighters.

Turbo CD
CD-ROM hardware expansion for NEC's Turbografx 16 (USA)/PC Engine (Japan).

NEC's not-quite-16-bit home console.

Released in late 2006, Nintendo's Wii combines previous generation graphics with extreme controller waving action.

Wii U
Nintendo's high-definition follow-up to the Wii. Incorporates a tablet-like controller.

Wii U Shop
Downloadable games for Nintendo's Wii U. Includes Virtual Console releases.

WiiWare/Virtual Console
Available in downloadable form on the Nintendo Wii.

The Microsoft Windows operating system, from 95 to XP and beyond.

Bandai's surprisingly long-lived (albeit Japan-only) portable system and its color counterpart, Wonderswan Color.

The Sharp X68000 (often abbreviated X68 or X68k), a Japanese home computer first released in 1987.

A large, lumpy brick of a console, it weighs more than Earthquake and Ganryu combined. Virtually ignored until someone started hyping the two-year-old-at-the-time Halo. Home to some SNK titles exclusi

Xbox 360
Significantly less chunky and more popular than its predecessor, the 360 excels in areas such as superior online play setup and its sheer avalanche of first person shooter games... but still has a lou

Xbox Live Arcade
Available in downloadable form on the Xbox or Xbox 360.

Xbox One
Despite the name Xbox One is Microsoft's third console.

Xbox Series X
Microsoft's fourth Xbox family console. It is also available in a reduced, smaller version with no disc drive, called Xbox Series S.

YD Game Player
An LCD system which takes "cartridges" (really punched grooves on a card). Thousands of different names and maybe even different manufacturers.

A console released in Brazil by TecToy, who are best known for their continued officially licensed support of Sega's Master System and Genesis/Mega Drive.

ZX Spectrum
An 8-bit home computer released by Sinclair Research, Ltd., primarily in the UK.

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