M.U.G.E.N for Windows

  • Free

  • In English
  • V 1.1-beta-1
  • 3.9

  • Security Status
Cathy Buggs
Cathy BuggsUpdated 3 years ago

The game engine for retro gaming lovers

M.U.G.E.N game engine was released in 2001. This engine allows people to put customized character animations, levels, and items related to games in order to play with their friends in good games. If you have any dream game character in your mind, you can play around with different types of files in order to create the character of your dreams. Here are some of the best features of MUGEN engine that you can consider.

Elecbyte, the company behind the creation of MUGEN, has actually claimed that they have forgotten what the acronym MUGEN actually means. But some fans claim that the word MUGEN means “Unlimited” in Japanese. This meaning perfectly fits with the main purpose of the game engine. The main benefit of this engine is that it is versatile and is designed for gaming enthusiasts with little to no experience of programming.

While everyone can read the MUGEN license that is included in the download file of the application, the key thing that you need to know is that the application is free for commercial uses. There are also lots of third-party tools that you can download. These are mostly community-generated, and are free as well.

Design your own fighting game with M.U.G.E.N

You can mostly make and export certain characters after making them in the MUGEN application. You can also import lots of different types of content that is created in MUGEN, download it and open it in MUGEN, and you can play around by making some changes using the app. You will need the .MUGEN app. to tweak and save the settings.

Here is a list of most of the features of the M.U.G.E.N app.

  • Different fonts, title bar selector, selecting different characters, sound effects, stat bars, and other features.
  • You can choose from standard resolutions ranging from 240p all the way up to 1080p.
  • There are 7 buttons for each character that you can use. These buttons can then be for doing things like regular moves, special moves, super moves, and so on.
  • A scripting language is used to make it possible for your chosen character to do different things. So, use your imagination to create different effects and moves.
  • You can even make move combos and buttons to cancel the moves. The customization is crazy when you are working with this type of basic software.
  • You can also create customized intros and cut scenes. Endings are also customizable.
  • There are no limits for character sounds, you can use as many characters sounds as allowed by your computer’s memory.
  • MUGEN was originally created to develop fighting games. But the people using it have created platforms and shooting games by using it. You can also create games of other genres with this platform, but they will be more difficult to make.


    Everyone who creates content by using the engine is called an author. Anyone can play around on the platform to create characters and skins. You can also import other characters from other engines and tweak them. The community has also used the engine to produce lots of original content as well.

    There are different versions of MUGEN, and no two look the same thanks to their customizability. Some groups of MUGEN developers also collaborate to create full 2D games. There is no charge to use MUGEN for non-commercial uses. There is also a mini version that is redistributable for everyone, it is also provided by the official producer of MUGEN.

    Update History

    As already mentioned,MUGEN is a free to use software, but the manufacturer continues to release regular yearly updates. The most recent major update to keep the software stable was released back in 2011. All of the previous versions can also be downloaded from the official website. You should always read the Readme before installing the software, as this will make the installation process easy for you.

    However, if you want to know about all the updates without downloading them, you can read the points mentioned below to have a look at all the update notes.

  • The F1 info screen can now be customized by going into system.def file.
  • SND files with invalid WAV files would not cause the MUGEN to abort, but it will now show an error message.
  • Fixed some issues that caused some sound files to be played incorrectly or on the wrong channels. It also fixed some other bugs.
  • This update replaced broken soundX.volume parameters with soundX.volumescale.
  • Incorrect character positions in result screens were fixed in this update.
  • The final update updated some documentation in the application. The license was also updated to include the application in the free commercial use category. You can read it by checking the latest readme.txt file that comes when you download the latest version available.
  • The MUGEN catalog can be easily accessed on the official site if you want to learn more about the updates or to download them.

    Is this the 2D game engine for you?

    This covers most of the details about MUGEN and how it can be used to create different 2D characters and full games free of cost. A person with little to no knowledge of development can also use MUGEN easily after watching some easy tutorials. There are loads of .online forums available on which you can find great MUGEN created content. You can download that content and use it to create your own characters.

    Should you download M.U.G.E.N?

    What MUGEN does is quite niche so there is no software to make a direct comparison with. It is safe to say that what it does, it does well, and it has some big game names which have been produced on it. The question is really whether you have a love for making .retro style computer games., and if you have an understanding about how to programming with DOS (or you are happy to learn). If yes, then MUGEN is certainly worth downloading. It’s free to download so there’s nothing to lose, plus it comes with a free demo game.

    M.U.G.E.N is a 2D fighting game engine designed by Elecbyte and originally released in 1999. The engine allows anyone to create characters, stages and other game objects through interpreted text files, graphics and sound compilations and it also supports various types of audio formats such as MP3, ADX, OGG and MIDI as background music during gameplay.

    The engine allows for the creation of 2D fighting games such as the Street Fighter games produced by Capcom or the King of Fighters games produced by SNK.

    While the engine is currently set up primarily for fighting game development, several other game types have been developed using it, including shooter and platformer style games.


    • Free
    • Nostalgic game creator software
    • Free third party tools available to use with the game engine


    • Requires programming knowledge
    • cannot create 3D images
    • Not compatible with Apple computers

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    M.U.G.E.N for PC

    • Free

    • In English
    • V 1.1-beta-1
    • 3.9

    • Security Status

    User reviews about M.U.G.E.N

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    • Hauptmann Downy

      by Hauptmann Downy

      A good fighting engine for all serious, all hectic, all insane, and all weird play.Essincaly, You can do anything related to fighting in this engine.  More

    • Glenys Lopez

      by Glenys Lopez

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