I’ve played fighting games on and off for a long time, but with the recent release of SSIV an enthusiast friend of mine has convinced me to take it up as a more serious hobby. I’ve been reading up on terms and strategies and whatnot, but I learn much better hands-on - which is why I’d like some opinions on essential fighters I should own and what mechanics to familiar with.
Currently, I own (or have on order):
Super Street Fighter IV
Marvel vs Capcom 2
Street Fighter 2 Turbo
Guilty Gear XX Reload
King of Fighters XI
What else should I be looking into buying and learning? I’ve heard the UM versions of KOF '98 and '02 are must-haves, so I’ll probably start there. What other games could some of you better players suggest, and in which order should I get to know them?