Fighting games thrive on competition. And trash talk. Especially trash talk. For fans of video game brawling, the biggest—yet most respectful—competition is the annual EVO series, which brings fight-stick masters from around the world to fireball their way to ultimate supremacy.

The promotion's organizers have just announced the games that'll be featured in this year's schedule. Those wanting to make a run at greatness will need to hone their skills at the following games:

• Street Fighter X Tekken
• Super Street Fighter IV
(Arcade Edition, Version 2012)
Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3
• Soul Calibur 5
• King of Fighters XIII
• Mortal Kombat

Fighting game enthusiast website Shoruyken also runs down the tourney's revamped scoring system, as well as when and where the qualifying events will be happening.

Introducing the Evo 2012 Game Lineup and Tournament Season! [Shoruyken]