- Debut: 1994
While the game would be ported to other systems and published by many major companies, it was originally a huge success in the arcade. Originally developed by Rare Limited and published by Midway Games, Killer Instinct was an arcade fighting game. While it was sort of lost among the other major fighting games of the 1990s, it still stood out as one of the best arcade games of its time. The game did borrow a combat system similar to Street Fighter, many feel it inspired a lot of the “finish him” moves used in Mortal Kombat games. Thus making it a valuable asset to fighting games overall. While it did hit home consoles within a year of its arcade release, Killer Instinct remained in many arcades throughout the rest of the 1990s.