E3 2013: What fighting game fans can look forward to

By Mike Andronico , Updated Jun 08, 2013 01:54 PM EDT

E3 is the one event that all gamers can get excited about, whether you strictly play each year's Call of Duty or make it your goal to play through every Japanese RPG that's been released for your console. And while fighting game fans were largely in the dark for a decade while other genres exploded, the likes of Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat are just as popular now as they were when they hit arcades about two decades ago. 

As such, fighting games have had a pretty solid showing at the past few E3 events. From confirmed titles to rumored releases, here are the fighting games you can look forward to hearing about for E3 2013:

New Super Smash Bros (confirmed): Fans will soon get to see what the next installment in Nintendo's beloved free-for-all fighting series, and they technically won't have to wait until E3. The company is hosting a Nintendo Direct conference right before the big show, so you can look forward to witness the next generation of Mario and friends beating the snot out of each other in just a few days.

Divekick (confirmed): It started as a joke, and now it's for real. The brainchild of Adam Heart, Divekick is a game that only let's players do just that: Dive and kick. It's two-button simplicity has been highly praised at competitive fighting game tournaments, and with a console and PC release coming soon via Iron Galaxy Studios, expect to see even more diving (and kicking) come E3.

Killer Instinct (rumor): We already know that Rare plans on bringing back a well-loved IP for the Xbox One, and Killer Instinct would be an obvious choice. While Rare could easily bring back other titles such as Perfect Dark and Banjo-Kazooie, they could help Microsoft gain some serious leverage by rolling out a console-exclusive fighting game, and a well-loved one at that.

New Namco Fighter (rumor): This is another rumor, but one that makes total sense. While Namco Bandai is helping out on the new Super Smash Bros title and just released new Tekken and Soul Calibur installments in 2012, there's one title they've been extremely mum on: Tekken X Street Fighter. The game is part of the same partnership with Capcom that brought about Street Fighter X Tekken, and Namco hasn't shown anything aside from some concept art from their version of the crossover. Fans of both series are likely yearning for the brawler, and E3 is a better time than ever to debut some gameplay for all in attendance.

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