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.
So real it hurts!
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
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