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Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat Box
Developer(s) Midway
Publisher(s) Midway
Type Video Game
Genre(s) 2D Fighter

Release Date(s)

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Mortal Kombat is a 1992 Fighting video game by Midway, originally designed for Arcade systems, but later ported to various home consoles. Mortal Kombat was well received and spawned countless sequels.


Mortal Kombat follows the story of the Mortal Kombat tournament, a martial arts fighting tournament hosted by the evil sorcerer Shang Tsung, who uses the souls of the contest's losers to keep himself immortal and powerful so that he can take over the Earth.


Mortal Kombat plays as a standard 2D fighting game, where two players must compete in an arena using multiple attacks in a race to diminish their opponents life bar. The player must compete in a total of 7 levels, where the player must successfully defeat all 6 other opponents, and defeat Shang Tsung. Each battle consists of a 1-on-1 fight, where the player must defeat their opponent in two rounds to win. The game features various fighting attacks, blocking moves, and combos, as well as the ability to finish off your opponent as they're about to die, in what is known as a Fatality.


Mortal Kombat features 7 playable characters, 1 unlockable, and 2 bosses.

Liu Kang

Johnny Cage


Sonya Blade






Shang Tsung

  • NOTE-The Gameboy version does not include Johnny Cage and Reptile, while the Game Gear version does not include Kano and Reptile. Both Goro and Shang Tsung can be unlocked for play in the Gameboy version via code.


The Super NES and Gameboy versions were released with the blood spews changed to sweat and some finishing moves altered to suit Nintendo's "family friendly" standards of videogame releases for their systems. The Genesis and Game Gear versions left the blood and finishing moves intact, though only accessible by entering a controller code before starting the game. The changes in the Nintendo system releases of the game resulted in negative feedback even from parents who believed they should be the ones who decide what their children should see in a videogame and not Nintendo. With the Super NES release of Mortal Kombat II, Nintendo allowed the blood and fatalities to remain intact, though they had to put a special label on the game box to warn people of its content.


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