National Game Registry 1992: Mortal Kombat

original platform
key personnel
Ed Boon (design)
John Tobias (design)
Dan Forden (music)

The yang to Street Fighter II‘s yin.  Mortal Kombat rode the brand new fighting phenomenon to great heights by doing everything in opposition.  The relatively tame violence of Street Fighter II is replaced by ridiculous gore and blood.  Losing fighters can be murdered.  The beautiful hand-drawn sprites are replaced by digitized photographs.  The variety of Street Fighter II is also absent, as each fighter is basically identical save for special moves.  A great success due to its bold and ridiculous qualities.

Mortal Kombat was inducted on September 18th, 2009.

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