M.U.G.E.N – Most popular multi-player 2D fighting game maker

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M.U.G.E.N (AKA: Mugen, MUGEN, 無限) is a discontinued but still very active free 2D fighting game engine with many customizable components. It was developed by Elecbyte, first released in 1999 (for DOS). In 2009, MUGEN 1.0 was released, and in 2013, MUGEN 1.1 came out.

M.U.G.E.N is specially designed for users (especially fighting game enthusiasts) who have little, even no programming experience but want to make a real and cool 2D fighting game independently. This is where the biggest selling point of M.U.G.E.N lies. With help of M.U.G.E.N, you can make many characters from different ACGs (Animation, Comic, Game) and your homemade original roles fight at the same stage. In particular, so many 2D VS game fans around the world constantly create and publish their new roles, scenes, AI and other game resources for M.U.G.E.N platform.

Let me remind you of the last thing: M.U.G.E.N is just a non-professional engine that only used by some personal fighting game enthusiasts. The meaning of its existence is very simple and clear – providing a public combat platform for various characters from ACG. Otherwise, you have choose to use Unity and Unreal Engine such kind of professional game engines instead.

// Key Features //

  • Customizable title screen, character select screen, life and power bars, game sound effects, fonts and more
  • Characters can have any number of sounds and sprites of any size limited by your computer’s memory
  • Choose from multiple resolutions, ranging from 320×240 up to full HD at 1920×1080
  • Cutscenes

// Game Engine //

  • Use up to 7 buttons for a character
  • Regular moves, special moves, super moves, etc.
  • Projectiles and special effects
  • Move cancels and combos, multi-part moves and throws
  • What your character can do is defined by a scripting language (and your imagination)

// Supported Game Modes //

  • Arcade
  • Team Arcade
  • Team Co-op VS
  • Team VS
  • Survival
  • Survival Co-op
  • Training
  • Watch

// Some Classic M.U.G.E.N Works //

Name Year Author
KOFZ 2001 MugenChina KOFZ group
KOF REMIX 2002 YongMIing
KOFZEV 2003 HXSD (trimmer)
KOF2000Z 2003 HXSD (trimmer)
KOFBW2003 2004 HXSD (trimmer)
Mugen Omega 2004 MugenChina 冷沙尘
KOMW 2005 MugenChina KOMW group (ELZEE)
KOFM 2007 ZELGADIS & SATOSHI
KOFS 2007 SHINING
CVSX 2008 Gear X
KOFW 2008 凡一 & Lucifer
F-SNK 2010 风花

// Related Links //

// Download URLs //

License Version Download Size
M.U.G.E.N (by Elecbyte)
Freeware v1.1.0 (Beta) 4.26 MB
v1.0.0 (Stable) 5.89 MB
WinMUGEN Plus (by Elecbyte, Rouhei & Anonynous hacker)
Freeware v1.0.0 (Beta) 1.68 MB

*** WinMUGEN Plus is a very popular hacked edition (adds support for hi-res content, up to 480p) of MUGEN 1.0, released in 2007.

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