Put up your dukes! No, no it's fine, you don't really have to do that. In fact, the human race simply doesn't need to fight anymore, since we can do all of our pugilism via the medium of games. But what are the very best fighting games on the App Store? Why it's these ones, of course, hence the name of the article.
In this list we'll show you the very best brawlers that mobile gaming has to offer. We're focusing on the classic one-on-one scrappers. Y'know, the sort of thing you used to drop all of your pocket money in at the arcade.
But since all of the arcades have shut down, and all of your money goes on rent and bills nowadays, these are the games that are going to release some of that rage you feel about not being young or cool or able to go to arcades and spend all of your money on fighting games any more.
Shadowfight 3 - download for iOS
The first two Shadowfight games were interesting, the third is a massive step up in terms of, well in terms of pretty much everything. It looks stunning, it plays with all the fluidity you want, and there's a surprising amount of depth here as well. A fighter that's been built from the ground-up for mobile.
Skullgirls - download for iOS
How does Skullgirls work so well on mobile? If you ask me it's probably some sort of magic, although it might have something to do with the refined and clever controls, and the way it still manages to make you feel like a fighting champion even though you're not using a fightstick. Probably the best 2D fighter on this list.
Marvel Contest of Champions - download for iOS
A free to play super-rumble that fizzes with Marvel's trademark charm. Each character is unique, and you're going to want to try and collect them all to build up your perfect team of heroes and villains. It's silky smooth, fast as all hell, and if you're not careful it may well take over your life.
Taekwondo Game Global Tournament - download for iOS
A far more measured experience this one. Unlike the other games on the list, that deal in incredible moves and flashing lights, Taekwondo Game Global Tournament keeps things more grounded. It's still an incredibly interesting brawler, but button bashing isn't going to do you any good here. Tactics, playing smart, and not getting pummeled are the key.
Real Boxing 2 - download for iOS
Another game that's far more fixed in reality, albeit the hyper-reality of the boxing world. It looks amazing, and offers some proper interesting fighting mechanics that make sure you're constantly on the edge of your seat. If you don't have the time or the patience to become a real heavyweight champion of the world, this is probably your next best bet.