Mortal Kombat Games

Mortal Kombat is a well-known fighting game series which set the standard for other games of the same genre, while maintaining its very distinct flavor regarding both artistic style and gameplay elements.

The basic premise of Mortal Kombat is the existence of several realms created by the gods. In order for one realm to conquer another, it must defeat the best warriors of the opposing world in a ten round tournament. Raiden, the god of thunder, takes the side of the humans of Earthrealm and fights for mortals while also helping the fighters become stronger, as he is not able to do everything alone. Each character has his or her own reasons for participating in the tournament, and their stories are revealed by playing in arcade mode, although sometimes the information contradicts sequels and/or prequels.

There is an array of playable characters. At first the only distinction is their different special moves, but as the series progressed, they drifter farther apart until even their simple moves caused different amounts of damage. That doesn’t mean that in the first game had nearly identical characters! Raiden could instantly zap in and out of range, Scorpion could throw his harpoon and drag his opponents towards him and Sub-Zero could freeze foes.

It was barely until 1997 that MK games stopped using sprites and switched to 3D. The sprites were created by capturing footage of real actors dressed up as various characters and performing all the possible moves. Of course, due to lack of space, these had to be reused through the infamous “palette swapping”; so, at closer inspection, you could see that it was the same character only colored differently. Sure, it wasn’t so pleasant once you realized that, but it’s much better to have more playable characters that resemble each other, rather than having only a handful of unique-looking ones.

As you would expect, Mortal Kombat features tournament style gameplay, with two players (the second one human or otherwise) fighting each other, generally in a “two out of three” match. As mentioned, besides the most simple of moves (punches, kicks, jumps etc.), characters can perform various (magical) attacks in a memorable button mashing fashion. Of course, MK was the one that introduced the fatalities, allowing players to get one free hit, resulting in a very graphic and overall gruesome death of the opponent, with the right combinations. While the games can always be played in single player, the most fun comes when playing against another person, although this means that they are prone to “ghosting” from using the same keyboard.

To conclude, Mortal Kombat is a great and long-running series which continues to this day, albeit confused and experiencing a series of reboots in regards to games, movies, cartoons and comics.

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Sega Genesis SNES

Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 Game
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The fight of your life... Enter the world of ULTIMATE Mortal Kombat 3 and discover what awaits you... 23 immediately playable fighters and 2 bosses. Meet up with some old adversaries. Think you know them? Guess again. They've got new combos, fatalities, brutalities and babalities and they're looking for you! There's also a few dudes playing their own version of hide and seek - find 'em if you can! Battle against the computer, opt for 2-on-2 fighting, or try out the very cool 8-fighter Tournament mode! Dazzling graphics, incredible sound and motion-capture technology produce the most realistic battles you'll ever fight!
Sega Genesis

Mortal Kombat 3

Mortal Kombat 3 Game
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Get ready for the fight of your life... 14 selectable fighters, including 8 new characters, 2 new bosses and 1 new fighter hidden within the game! Watch out for this dude. 32 Megs - the most ever for a Mortal Kombat game! Image memory increased by 33% for awesome graphic resolution. 12 new 3D-rendered moving backgrounds to keep you jumping! Secret portals that allow you to smash up and down into different backgrounds for the ultimate bi-level battlefield! Intense, live-action, fully-digitized fight sequences for the most realistic action you've ever encountered!

Mortal Kombat II

Mortal Kombat II Game
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Nothing, nothing can prepare you! All the fierce kombatants of the #1 arcade smash gather for Mortal Kombat II, a battle to defeat the shape-shifting demon Shang Tsung and his ruthless master, Shao Kahn. Brutal special moves, Friendships, Babalities, hidden surprises, crushing combos and outrageous finishing moves - ALL yours to kommand. Let the Kombat kontinue.
Sega Genesis SNES

Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat Game
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Prepare yourself! The #1 arcade hit is here: from Sub-Zero, Rayden and the rest of the Kombat Warriors to the grueling endurance and intense mirror matches! Execute bone-shattering combos and awesome finishing moves! Defeat the half-human dragon Goro, and destroy the shape-changing Shang Tsung to become the Supreme Mortal Kombat Warrior!

Mortal Kombat Trilogy

Shao Kahn's final attempt to control the earth is upon us... 26 immediately playable characters plus 4 hidden characters! The new Aggressor Kombat Mode arms the quick and merciless with more strength and power to inflict heavy, damaging combination..
Nintendo 64

Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero

An all-new storyline takes the Mortal Kombat myth to a new level! Heart-pounding action and hours of exploration will immerse you in Mortal Kombat as never before!
Nintendo 64

Mortal Kombat Gold

Midway is currently working on the next chapter in the long-running MK series, Mortal Kombat Gold for the Dreamcast.

Mortal Kombat 4

Shao Kahn has been defeated at the hands of Earth's warriors, and now Shinnok has escaped to his confines in the Netherealm. The war has resumed once again. This time, the battle CAN be won by mortals!
Nintendo 64

Mortal Kombat 2 32X

Rip into the real arcade action that 32 megs of high-speed 32 bit processing can deliever! Trade-up to faster game play, realistic character animation, state-of-the-art graphics and the bone-crunching music and sound F/X of the arcade smash -- from..
Sega Genesis

Mortal Kombat 5

It's a single-player game, where you play as Sub-Zero, passing lots of foes and traps.
Sega Genesis

Mortal Kombat Mythologies Sub Zero

MK Mythologies: Sub-Zero for some time now, and the game is exactly what was described--more or less an MK side-scroller.