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Mortal Kombat (Video Game 1992) Poster

(1992 Video Game)

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Graphically violent and gory, it became a lightening rod for congressional debates on videogame violence and lead to the eventual creation of Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB).
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Originally, creators Ed Boon and John Tobias wanted to create a video game starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, with a digitized version of the action star fighting villains. Unfortunately, Van Damme was already in negotiations with another video game company (that game was never realized either) so that plan was scrapped. They decided instead to create a game loosely based on Enter the Dragon (1973). Van Damme's likeness is still clearly seen in the character of Johnny Cage: a Caucasian Hollywood martial arts movie star whose signature move is leg-split. Ironically, Van Damme would make his digitized video game debut in Street Fighter: The Movie (1995).
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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)
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The game was made by a crew of only four people.
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When this game was released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, all the blood and gore was removed. At the time, Nintendo considered themselves to be a "family" entertainment company and decided not to include any of the controversial blood. The Sega MegaDrive/Genesis version of the game was also censored, as there was a lot of controversy over the violence in the game - but Sega which was more of a "Gamer-friendly" company hid a secret code in the game that allowed the blood and gore to be re-inserted.
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The statue seen in the Palace Gates stage is a statue the design team borrowed from a neighbor. It was sitting in their backyard.
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The characters Liu Kang and Shang Tsung are mortal enemies, yet they are played by the same person: Ho-Sung Pak. The same status applies to Scorpion and Sub-Zero (both played by Daniel Pesina), but that is because they are palette-swapped characters.
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Sub-Zero's Head/Spine Rip Fatality looks exactly like one of the kills in Bad Taste (1987).
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Before "Mortal Kombat" was picked as name for the game, there were a lot of different proposals, including "Kumite", "Dragon Attack", "Deathblow" and even "Fatality". Then Steven Ritchie added the word "Mortal" to the already written down word "Kombat" putting together the final name of the game.
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When Reptile removes his mask in this game, he has a skull head like Scorpion. In all of the other games, however, he has a lizard's head.
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Was the first video game to have an official release date countdown in U.S./U.K. and Australia. This momentous day was known as "Mortal Monday".
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As part of his back story of being a Shaolin Monk, Liu Kang is the only character in the game to have a finishing move that does not actually kill his opponent.
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Sub-Zero and Scorpion bear such a similarity due to the fact they were created from the same character design. To save disc space while creating the game the same character design was used, changing only the color.
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Fatalities were called Finishing Moves in the SNES version.
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Mortal Kombat: Bigger, Better, Louder, Meaner was released on Sega CD in 1994. It was the only Mortal Kombat on the home game console to be rated MA-17 (Mature Audience), besides DOS.
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The Genesis and SNES version soundtracks are different. The Genesis version is its own original soundtrack while the SNES version has the same as the Arcade version.
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The Raiden character's name was originally spelt with an "I" in both Mortal Kombat 1 and 2 (As seen in the arcade versions). When Mortal Kombat was released to home systems such as Super Nintendo and Sega Mega Drive, Raiden's spelling changed to Rayden with a "Y". This was to avoid legal troubles with the already realeased aircraft shooting video game called "RAIDEN". Since then, Raiden's name was changed to Rayden.
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Shang Tsung appears in the backgrounds of the Palace and Courtyard.
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The stages: Courtyard, Palace Gates, Statue Hall, Pit, Palace, Goro's Lair, Bottom of Pit (in Reptile fight only).
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This is the only Mortal Kombat game not counting its remake to have a Test Your Might bonus stage where you build up enough strength to karate chop either: a wooden board, cement block, solid metal, a ruby and a diamond.
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Rumours spread for many years after the games release that along side fatalities, there was also nudealities and rapealities. These where never something Acclaim or Midway even concepted the idea of, however it did inspire "Animalities" and "brutalities" for MK3.
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There is a character in Ally McBeal (1997) named Johnny Cage.
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