BeefJack writes, "There's just something about punching your friend in the face that never gets old. Fighting games had their heyday during the Street Fighter 2 days, when the genre went from a passing notion to a full blown bonanza. Everyone and their mother was making fighting games back then and many huge franchises would soon follow. However fighting games in the States began to run into their own growing pains.
Things are beginning to look up now, as a fighting game renaissance is brewing, with fighting games sharing renewed interest with new games being made and the return of some big franchises to the limelight.
So, with the excitement growing, I figure it's time to take a look at some of the big fighters to come in 2009..."