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Seven martial artists from Earth must battle in sorcerer Shang Tsung's super secret tournament.


Ed Boon (designer), Nikko De' Lozada | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Daniel Pesina Daniel Pesina ... Johnny Cage / Scorpion / Sub-Zero / Reptile
Richard Divizio Richard Divizio ... Kano
Carlos Pesina Carlos Pesina ... Raiden
Ho-Sung Pak ... Liu Kang / Shang Tsung (as Ho Sung Pak)
Elizabeth Malecki ... Sonya Blade

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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 Jonestown

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So real it hurts!


Action | Fantasy


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Did You Know?


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). See more »


When you select Sonya Blade for the "Test Your Might" stage for the Sega Genesis, her grunt is a man's grunt. See more »


Voice over: Excellent!
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Alternate Versions

The character name "Raiden" was changed to "Rayden" in the home versions due to legal troubles Midway was having; the spelling of the name "Raiden" had already been used in another game. See more »


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One the greatest video games!
24 July 2004 | by Movie NuttballSee all my reviews

Mortal Kombat and its sequels are some of the greatest games ever created! It has a good story, incredible action, great music, awesome characters, very fun, really interesting looking stages, and more! Below is a brief In-depth review of the game called Mortal Kombat!

Story: Many fighters around the world enter this deadly tournament. Since now the contest is in Shang Tsung's hands it will become much more difficult for the Kombatants to win!

The Kombatants!

Liu Kang - This Chinese warrior is a fearless fighter who is bent on getting revenge!

Johnny Cage - An action movie star, Cage enters Mortal Kombat!

Sonya Blade - A beautiful Texan who is a Lt. in the United States Army. The skilled fighter enters the tournament but why? Is it because a certain red eyed individual is Kompeteing?

Lord Rayden - Is it true Lord Rayden is the God of thunder?

Shang Tsung - This old shapeshifting fighter is one of the greatest fighters ever in the history of the world! He has the power to take a living being's soul!

Kano - A member of the Black Dragon Organization, Kano fights with no fear in the tournament!

Scorpion - A poor soul, when he was a live his wife and child were murdered by Sub Zero and the Lin Kuei clan of ninjas. Scorpion with his trusty spear is seeking revenge on the cold one.

Sub Zero - The murderer of Scorpion's family is in the tournament. Now it will be a big showdown like never seen before!

Reptile - Not much is known about this fighter except he wears the same exact ninja uniforms as Scorpion and Sub Zero but only green and can mimic other fighters maneuvers! Though it is thought that he is the last of an ancient reptilian humanoid specie, he protects Shang Tsung from enemies.

Goro - A huge half-human dragon from Kuatan, the 4th Astrial Plane of Shokan in the Realm of Outworld. This giant has been undefeated for half of a millennium. He defeated Liu Kang's ancestor the Shaolin Monk Kung Lao. Now the tournament begins!

Game Play: The game play is very good. The basic movies are easy to perform but the fatalities are very hard to do but with the help of cheats it can be much easier.

Graphics: The graphics are wonderful. Most of the game is digitalized!

Difficulty: The game can be very easy or it can be very hard depending on what you set the difficulty level.

Music: The music is great! Just awesome catchy tunes through out the game! In My opinion its some of the best music ever in a video game!

Sound: The sound is great. The real voices sound clear and the punching and kicking does as well.

Overall: I have always loved Mortal Kombat. If you like excellent fighting games then I strongly recommend you play Mortal Kombat today!

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8 October 1992 (USA) See more »

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