What does fighting game mean?

Fighting games are a type of action game where two (or sometimes more) on-screen characters fight each other. These games typically feature special moves that are triggered using rapid sequences of carefully timed button presses and joystick movements. Games traditionally show fighters from a side-view, even as the genre has progressed from two-dimensional (2D) to three-dimensional (3D) graphics. 

This genre is distinct from beat ’em ups, another action genre involving combat. Where the player character must fight many weaker enemies at the same time. During the 1980s publications used the terms “fighting game” and “beat ’em up” interchangeably. Along with other terms such as “martial arts simulation” (or more specific terms such as “judo simulator”). Serious boxing games belong more to the sports game genre than the action game genre. As they aim for a more realistic model of boxing techniques. Whereas moves in fighting games tend to be either highly exaggerated or outright fantastical models of Asian martial arts techniques. As such, boxing games, mixed martial arts games, and wrestling games are often described as distinct genres.