When you begin playing a fighting game's arcade mode, chances are you're hoping for a light and breezy play-through against computer controlled fighters. Unfortunately for you, the AI was programmed to have other ideas, especially when money is involved.
It's always the final challenge that takes the crown for being the hardest fight in the game. Sometimes, like in the Marvel Vs. Capcom series, they're a gargantuan monster from space hellbent on eating the planet.
We'd argue the hardest fights are ones against the more human-looking characters.
These fighters fall into two camps. They're either massively overpowered fighters who hit you like a truck, or they have some kind of unique gimmick that makes the fight against them far tougher than it needs to be.
To make this as interesting a list as is possible, we're limiting the number of fighters from SNK based fighters. We know they're hard fights, but when the entire company's money-making strategy is daylight robbery, you need to give room for other fighting games!
It's also highly likely that frustrated players who fought against these ten fighters trashed their controllers or worse still real arcade machines. We're sorry if this brings back some horrific memories.
10. Mike Tyson (Mike Tyson's Punch Out)
Look at that smug old grin. That is the face of a man that's ready to knock your teeth out and take a chunk out of your ear!
The final boss of the first NES version of Punch Out was relentless. He'd swing punches that hit so hard you instantly fall to the canvas. You need to survive the first minute and 30 seconds without getting knocked out. After that you'll need to avoid all of his attacks while throwing your own punches.
Like all fights in Punch Out, his fight is a puzzle that you need to understand and solve. Tyson's tell is with his eyes. He'll wink either with the left eye or right eye to telegraph which punch is coming at you. You can also take advantage of his uppercuts by punching with the opposite hand. So if he swings with a left uppercut, hit him with a right jab to the face.
He is still a difficult fight though, with the only reason Iron Mike is so far down this list being because everyone now knows how to deal with him. People can beat Mike Tyson blindfolded!