Seven martial artists from Earth must battle in sorcerer Shang Tsung's super secret tournament. For the past 9 of these tournaments, Shang Tsung's four-armed mutant bodyguard Goro has won all of them. Should he win the tenth, Earth will be left at the mercy of Shang Tsung's Outworld. Playable characters include Raiden, the Thunder God invited to fight in the tournament, in human (and thus killable) form; Liu Kang, a Shaolin monk determined to stop Shang Tsung; Johnny Cage, a Hollywood movie star who wants the publicity; Sonya Blade, a US Special Forces agent; Kano, a tyrant being pursued by Sonya Blade; Sub-Zero, a mercenary ninja with orders to assassinate Shang Tsung and Scorpion, a murdered ninja who has been brought back from the dead to try and kill Sub-Zero, the man who murdered him. Written by
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Did You Know?
According to Ed Boon, the main characters are all caricatures of some of their favourite characters from martial arts and sci-fi movies: (please put in list form)
- Kano, with his infra-red eye, is based on Arnold Schwarzenegger's make-up in The Terminator (1984).
- Liu Kang is, obviously, the likeness of Bruce Lee.
- Raiden, the electric God of thunder, is based on a lightening-wielding character from Big Trouble in Little China (1986).
- Sonya was loosely based on martial arts star Cynthia Rothrock.
- Shang Tsung, the sorcerer, is based an evil character from Big Trouble in Little China (1986).
- Reptile, Scorpion and Sub-Zero, the ninjas, are based the American ninjas from Enter the Ninja (1981), American Ninja (1985) or Ninja Ryû Ken-den (1988).
When you select Sonya Blade for the "Test Your Might" stage for the Sega Genesis, her grunt is a man's grunt. See more
Referenced in Wanted: Perfect Mother