We’re continuing our Holiday Gift guides, and this one is focused on those lovable fighting game fans. You know, the ones that seem to be the hardest ones to get anything outside of games; there’s not much that most people know of. However, we’ve searched high and low and even talked to some fans of the genre and asked them what they’d like for gifts. So, what we came up with should please anyone who enjoys playing fighting games — or anyone else who likes video games.
Check out our Holiday Gift Ideas for Fighting Game fans or Gift Ideas for Gamers in 2023! We’re sure you’ll like them.
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NEOGEO Mini Arcade International Version mini-Arcade Cab ($59.99)
The NEOGEO Mini Arcade International includes 40 of SNK’s finest, with most of the titles coming from the Fatal Fury, King of Fighters, Art of Fighting, Samurai Showdown, The Last Blade, and more on the small screen. Small but mighty with the HDMI support to hook it up to the big screen and add gamepads to boot! It’s perfect for impromptu fighting game events.
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My Arcade Street Fighter II Pocket Player Pro ($39)
If you ever wanted to play some of Capcom’s classic fighting games on the go but without breaking the bank, then the My Arcade Street Fighter II Pocket Player Pro is exactly what you need. This pint-sized unit includes Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers & Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition, which are some of Capcom’s best fighting games. And what’s even better is it features 6-facing buttons and an easy-to-access d-pad. So, if you don’t like playing games on your smartphone when you’re out in the streets or the comfort of your home, this seems like a sure bet to get your fight on.
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The Will to Keep Winning from Diago Umehara ($13)
One of the first books to tell the tale of an Esports legend’s journey, Diago Umehara. From his start to his disappearance from the fighting game scene to the legendary EVO 2004 moment that will live on in infamy, with a dash of his advice. The Will To Keep Winning digs pretty deep into Daigo Umehara’s story. Well-respected even for its theories on resetting yourself – even outside of the screen, the book is a perfect read.
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Daigo The Beast: Umehara Fighting Gamers! Volumes 1 – 4 ($20 per volume)
Did you know that Daigo also has a manga? Produced by UDON Entertainment, Volumes one through four tell the tale of Diago, battling it out in Japanese arcades before becoming the household name he is now. There are some real-life events from Daigo’s life, such as his journey through the arcade scene and where he developed his fighting style. It’s an interesting read, so if you can’t get enough of Daigo or manga, this might be worth checking out.
There are actually five volumes, but the fifth volume hasn’t been released as of yet.
Street Fighter 6 ($60)
Street Fighter 6 is a no-brainer winner for those who haven’t picked it up yet. With it being the new age of the series, the most accessible way to get into the fight game genre is precedent here with the new Modern control scheme. Between the World Tour Mode for offline solo play, 18-character roster range, rotating battle hub classics from the vaults, and near-perfect online lobbies, it’ll be hard to put it down for the post-present-opening count.