1993: SF2HF then replaced by SSF2
1997: SFA2, SF3NG
1998: SFA3, MvC1, SFA2, SF3SI, T3, ST (makes a come back)
1999: SFA3, MvC1, TTT, SFA2, ST, 3S
2000: MvC2, TTT, SFA3, ST, SFA2, 3S
2001: MvC2, CvS1, TTT, T4, SFA3, ST, 3S
2002: MvC2, CvS2, TTT, T4, ST
2003: MvC2, CvS2, TTT, T4, 3S, GGXX, SC2, ST, VF4 (was never a big game)
2004: MvC2, 3S, CvS2, TTT, T4, GGXXR#, SC2, ST, VF4Evo
2005: 3S, MvC2, T5, CvS2, GGXXR#, ST
2006: 3S, MvC2, T5, GGSlash, CvS2, ST
2007: 3S, MvC2, GGAC, T5DR, CvS2, ST
2008: 3S, MvC2, GGAC, CvS2, ST, T5DR (game was on life support)
2009: SF4 (pretty much makes every other game obsolete at this time)
2010: SSF4, then there is a big drop off with T6BR, Melty Blood among others
2011: SSF4AE, MvC3, then a drop off with MK9
-Around 2004 (when console tournaments were becoming more widespread) there were side games that were popping up. While most of these games were never popular, a few like Melty Blood and Arcana Heart were notable games (although not as popular as the big EVO games).
-If you want to consider SSBM as a fighter, it would probably be the most popular one from 2002-2007.
-I don’t know the exact numbers, but SF2 was at on a high until 1994. I think 1995 was considered the low point, then it started to steadily rise into the early 2000s, then there was some stagnation until 2009.
I’ve read that from people that live in Japan, that you should take the arcadia rankings with a grain of salt. Those rankings don’t necessarily publish how much income is generated, and because SF4 machines are expensive, many arcades in Japan don’t have one. I remember a post from Azrael that mentioned that after the SF4 tournament in SBO 2009, a good portion of the crowd left. Gundam is still probably the most popular game, though.