9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters
Next up is the only game on the list to not feature a Marvel or DC property - but who doesn't love the Turtles? After all, they're the world's most fearsome fighting team...
The game was released for the Super Nintendo and Sega Mega Drive in 1993, with a version hitting the NES (weirdly) in '94. The timing could not have been better, as Turtle Power was at its peak all over the world, and everyone wanted a slice of that particular pie. Or pizza.
Featuring a cast of characters including the four Turtles (obviously), April O'Neil, and Casey Jones on the hero side, as well as the likes of Bebop, Rocksteady, Baxter Stockman, and - of course - Shredder on the villains' side, the game both looks and plays very much like Street Fighter 2 (which is no great surprise given the gaming landscape of the time).
One notable feature in this title is the super attack.
Now a staple of modern fighting games, the idea was to fill up the Mutagen Meter by landing hits on the opponent. Once this gauge was full, pressing two attack buttons simultaneously unleashed a powerful special move, which would often be enough to decide the bout.