History VideoGame / MortalKombat

29th May '13 9:48:32 AM WaxingName
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->'''Test Your Might'''
->'''Fatality'''
-->--''The announcer''

->'''GET OVER HERE!'''
-->--''Scorpion''

'''''Mortal Kombat''''' is a FightingGame released in arcades in 1992; it was later ported to the Genesis and Super NES, amongst other gaming platforms.

The basic storyline of the game was similar to other fighting games at the time: Mortal Kombat is a Shaolin martial arts tournament which has been corrupted by its grandmaster. The competitors in this tournament -- ''[[BruceLeeClone Liu Kang]]'', a Shaolin monk; ''[[DeadpanSnarker Johnny Cage]]'', a Hollywood action film star; ''[[ActionGirl Sonya Blade]]'', a United States Special Forces agent; ''[[SmugSnake Kano]]'', a mercenary/killer-for-hire; ''[[TheMentor Raiden]]'', the God of Thunder; ''[[EnsembleDarkhorse Scorpion]]'', the reborn specter of a murdered ninja; and ''[[AnIcePerson Sub-Zero]]'', an assassin for the Lin Kuei ninja clan -- will fight each other for the right to face the grandmaster, EvilSorcerer ''[[BigBad Shang Tsung]]'', and his champion ''[[TheDragon Goro]]'' for the title of Mortal Kombat's [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment champion]].

The full story wasn't finalized until [[RetCanon after the film adaptation was made]] -- which turned the game's basic plot into something more complex. The Mortal Kombat tournament is a balancing device put in place by the Elder Gods; it acts as an "arbitrator" of sorts, giving realms with interests in another realm a chance to compete for the right to invade. Under the rules set forth by the Elder Gods, one realm must win ten consecutive Mortal Kombat tournaments in order to have the opportunity to invade another. Shang Tsung competed in -- and won -- the Mortal Kombat tournament generations prior, but was later dethroned by the Great Kung Lao, a high-ranking Shaolin monk. At the following tournament, Shang Tsung had a plan: he entered a four-armed monster from Outworld named [[MultiArmedAndDangerous Goro]] into the tournament. Goro proceeded to kill the Great Kung Lao, which allowed Shang Tsung to take control of the tournament. All of this was done at the command of Outworld's emperor, [[TheManBehindTheMan Shao Kahn]], who has plans for conquering Earthrealm. At the time of the events of the game, Shang Tsung has been overseeing the tournament for five hundred years, and Goro has won eight more consecutive tournaments (bringing the total to nine). The Mortal Kombat tournament depicted in this game is the tenth tournament Outworld must win before Shao Kahn gains passage to Earthrealm, which makes it the deciding battle: Earthrealm must defeat Goro and Shang Tsung or face destruction via Outworld's invasion.

''Mortal Kombat'' is known for being one of the ''most famous'' games to use digitized actors (the ''first'' was ''VideoGame/{{Pit-Fighter}}''). The game also stood out at the time of its release due to the (semi-)realistic depictions of blood and violence -- especially with its infamous [[FinishingMove Fatalities]]. This is the only game in the series to used a score system. It also featured an Easter Egg in the form of a "bonus" battle: by meeting certain requirements, a player could face [[SecretCharacter Reptile]], a PaletteSwap of Scorpion and Sub-Zero who has a mix of both ninjas' powers.

Followed by '''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'''.

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!!This game provides examples of:
* ActingForTwo: Dan Pesina as Johnny Cage and the ninjas and Ho Sung Pak as Liu Kang and the elderly Shang Tsung (before they rejuvenated the character in ''[=MK2=]'').
* AdjustableCensorship: The Genesis version has a button code that undoes the censorship.
* BloodierAndGorier: Compared to the more family-friendly games that then dominated the market.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: In the SNES port of the first game, Nintendo edited out all the blood, replacing it with an unidentifiable opalescent fluid ([[strike:sawdust]] sweat); the [[FinishingMove Fatalities]] were also toned down considerably to fit Nintendo's censorship policies. The Genesis port was similarly Bowdlerized, but one could unlock the violence with a special code. Sales of the SNES version tanked and the Genesis version was a success, so when the second game was ported, the blood and carnage was left intact.
** One funny thing is that one of the cleaned-up Fatalites, which involved Sub-Zero breaking his opponent's body into pieces after freezing him, was pretty brutal anyway. It was turned into one of his Fatalities in the second game.
** The Action Replay Mark II game enhancer, which among other things allowed gamers to bypass Nintendo's security measures and play import games, got fans very very excited because with a complex code it allowed blood back in the game. All it did was turn the sweat red, rather than the more unrealistic buckets of blood the original had.
* CreatorCameo: The heads of the main people behind the game were impaled on the bottem of the Pit.
** Probe Software, the porting team behind the Genesis ''MK'', included their president, Fergus [=McGovern=], in the game. As a floating head that counts as a moon-obscuring shadow for fighting Reptile, of all things. He also appeared in the sequel as a "Fergality" performable by Raiden.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to other fighting games at the time.
* DeathByCameo: The creators appear as decapitated heads in the Pit Arena.
* DynamicDifficulty: The AI more or less adapted to player style. If you didn't use special moves, the computer used them sparingly until later stages. This meant that theoretically, new players were not as hampered by a lack of understanding. Later games scrapped this and went on to innovate the PerfectPlayAI style.
* FollowTheLeader: Any fighting game with either a focus on {{gor|n}}e or digitized graphics that came out in the wake of ''Mortal Kombat'' was generally considered a knockoff.
* TheForeignSubtitle: The Japanese versions of the console ports featured the subtitle ''Shinken Kourin Densetsu'' (The Legendary Descent of the Divine Fist).
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: The Pit contains the first example of a stage fatality.
* MiniGame: "Test Your Might," where you try breaking wood, stone, or steel. If you play long enough in two-players, you can aim to break Ruby or Diamond.
* MirrorMatch: TropeNamer. Shang Tsung makes an evil clone of your character after you defeat the other fighters in one-on-one combat.
* {{Retcon}}: Once the story was fleshed out more in the movie, Raiden was made much more noble. In the game he joined the tournament for fun and his ending depicts him dominating it, growing bored and inviting other gods to join in. This results in the complete destruction of the Earth. Have a nice day.
* SpoilerOpening: The opening video for the Sega CD version shows the characters fighting Shang Tsung and his death animation.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: The AI sometimes uses a standing block to resist a sweep kick. Human players can't do this.
* TitleScream: That theme song from the movie? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDOAZ3KAdyU Sega CD owners]] [[AdaptationDisplacement got an early taste of it]].
* TournamentArc: This is the only time the actual "Mortal Kombat" tournament is relevant to the plot (as the second one in the sequel is [[NotJustATournament merely a ruse]]), though it is revisited in the [[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 ninth installment]].
* {{Wuxia}}: Compared to the more FantasyKitchenSink elements of later games, this one most aesthetically resembles a Chinese martial arts movie. EnterTheDragon, to be exact. TheMovie runs with this, and is damn near a remake of said movie, albeit with magic and ninja included.

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->'''Test Your Might'''
->'''Fatality'''
-->--''The announcer''

->'''GET OVER HERE!'''
-->--''Scorpion''

'''''Mortal Kombat''''' is a FightingGame released in arcades in 1992; it was later ported to the Genesis and Super NES, amongst other gaming platforms.

The basic storyline of the game was similar to other fighting games at the time: Mortal Kombat is a Shaolin martial arts tournament which has been corrupted by its grandmaster. The competitors in this tournament -- ''[[BruceLeeClone Liu Kang]]'', a Shaolin monk; ''[[DeadpanSnarker Johnny Cage]]'', a Hollywood action film star; ''[[ActionGirl Sonya Blade]]'', a United States Special Forces agent; ''[[SmugSnake Kano]]'', a mercenary/killer-for-hire; ''[[TheMentor Raiden]]'', the God of Thunder; ''[[EnsembleDarkhorse Scorpion]]'', the reborn specter of a murdered ninja; and ''[[AnIcePerson Sub-Zero]]'', an assassin for the Lin Kuei ninja clan -- will fight each other for the right to face the grandmaster, EvilSorcerer ''[[BigBad Shang Tsung]]'', and his champion ''[[TheDragon Goro]]'' for the title of Mortal Kombat's [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment champion]].

The full story wasn't finalized until [[RetCanon after the film adaptation was made]] -- which turned the game's basic plot into something more complex. The Mortal Kombat tournament is a balancing device put in place by the Elder Gods; it acts as an "arbitrator" of sorts, giving realms with interests in another realm a chance to compete for the right to invade. Under the rules set forth by the Elder Gods, one realm must win ten consecutive Mortal Kombat tournaments in order to have the opportunity to invade another. Shang Tsung competed in -- and won -- the Mortal Kombat tournament generations prior, but was later dethroned by the Great Kung Lao, a high-ranking Shaolin monk. At the following tournament, Shang Tsung had a plan: he entered a four-armed monster from Outworld named [[MultiArmedAndDangerous Goro]] into the tournament. Goro proceeded to kill the Great Kung Lao, which allowed Shang Tsung to take control of the tournament. All of this was done at the command of Outworld's emperor, [[TheManBehindTheMan Shao Kahn]], who has plans for conquering Earthrealm. At the time of the events of the game, Shang Tsung has been overseeing the tournament for five hundred years, and Goro has won eight more consecutive tournaments (bringing the total to nine). The Mortal Kombat tournament depicted in this game is the tenth tournament Outworld must win before Shao Kahn gains passage to Earthrealm, which makes it the deciding battle: Earthrealm must defeat Goro and Shang Tsung or face destruction via Outworld's invasion.

''Mortal Kombat'' is known for being one of the ''most famous'' games to use digitized actors (the ''first'' was ''VideoGame/{{Pit-Fighter}}''). The game also stood out at the time of its release due to the (semi-)realistic depictions of blood and violence -- especially with its infamous [[FinishingMove Fatalities]]. This is the only game in the series to used a score system. It also featured an Easter Egg in the form of a "bonus" battle: by meeting certain requirements, a player could face [[SecretCharacter Reptile]], a PaletteSwap of Scorpion and Sub-Zero who has a mix of both ninjas' powers.

Followed by '''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'''.

----
!!This game provides examples of:
* ActingForTwo: Dan Pesina as Johnny Cage and the ninjas and Ho Sung Pak as Liu Kang and the elderly Shang Tsung (before they rejuvenated the character in ''[=MK2=]'').
* AdjustableCensorship: The Genesis version has a button code that undoes the censorship.
* BloodierAndGorier: Compared to the more family-friendly games that then dominated the market.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: In the SNES port of the first game, Nintendo edited out all the blood, replacing it with an unidentifiable opalescent fluid ([[strike:sawdust]] sweat); the [[FinishingMove Fatalities]] were also toned down considerably to fit Nintendo's censorship policies. The Genesis port was similarly Bowdlerized, but one could unlock the violence with a special code. Sales of the SNES version tanked and the Genesis version was a success, so when the second game was ported, the blood and carnage was left intact.
** One funny thing is that one of the cleaned-up Fatalites, which involved Sub-Zero breaking his opponent's body into pieces after freezing him, was pretty brutal anyway. It was turned into one of his Fatalities in the second game.
** The Action Replay Mark II game enhancer, which among other things allowed gamers to bypass Nintendo's security measures and play import games, got fans very very excited because with a complex code it allowed blood back in the game. All it did was turn the sweat red, rather than the more unrealistic buckets of blood the original had.
* CreatorCameo: The heads of the main people behind the game were impaled on the bottem of the Pit.
** Probe Software, the porting team behind the Genesis ''MK'', included their president, Fergus [=McGovern=], in the game. As a floating head that counts as a moon-obscuring shadow for fighting Reptile, of all things. He also appeared in the sequel as a "Fergality" performable by Raiden.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to other fighting games at the time.
* DeathByCameo: The creators appear as decapitated heads in the Pit Arena.
* DynamicDifficulty: The AI more or less adapted to player style. If you didn't use special moves, the computer used them sparingly until later stages. This meant that theoretically, new players were not as hampered by a lack of understanding. Later games scrapped this and went on to innovate the PerfectPlayAI style.
* FollowTheLeader: Any fighting game with either a focus on {{gor|n}}e or digitized graphics that came out in the wake of ''Mortal Kombat'' was generally considered a knockoff.
* TheForeignSubtitle: The Japanese versions of the console ports featured the subtitle ''Shinken Kourin Densetsu'' (The Legendary Descent of the Divine Fist).
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: The Pit contains the first example of a stage fatality.
* MiniGame: "Test Your Might," where you try breaking wood, stone, or steel. If you play long enough in two-players, you can aim to break Ruby or Diamond.
* MirrorMatch: TropeNamer. Shang Tsung makes an evil clone of your character after you defeat the other fighters in one-on-one combat.
* {{Retcon}}: Once the story was fleshed out more in the movie, Raiden was made much more noble. In the game he joined the tournament for fun and his ending depicts him dominating it, growing bored and inviting other gods to join in. This results in the complete destruction of the Earth. Have a nice day.
* SpoilerOpening: The opening video for the Sega CD version shows the characters fighting Shang Tsung and his death animation.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: The AI sometimes uses a standing block to resist a sweep kick. Human players can't do this.
* TitleScream: That theme song from the movie? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDOAZ3KAdyU Sega CD owners]] [[AdaptationDisplacement got an early taste of it]].
* TournamentArc: This is the only time the actual "Mortal Kombat" tournament is relevant to the plot (as the second one in the sequel is [[NotJustATournament merely a ruse]]), though it is revisited in the [[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 ninth installment]].
* {{Wuxia}}: Compared to the more FantasyKitchenSink elements of later games, this one most aesthetically resembles a Chinese martial arts movie. EnterTheDragon, to be exact. TheMovie runs with this, and is damn near a remake of said movie, albeit with magic and ninja included.

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26th Apr '13 7:00:19 PM Tropesofknowledge
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* RatedMForMoney: Either the TropeMaker or the TropeCodifier, depending on whom you ask. It probably helps that the [[TheNewRockAndRoll controversy]] played a part in the ESRB's creation.
1st Apr '13 9:00:08 AM Austin
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* FollowTheLeader: Any fighting game with either a focus on {{gor|n}}e or digitized graphics that came out in the wake of ''Mortal Kombat'' was generally considered a knockoff.
17th Feb '13 3:41:33 PM videogmer314
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The basic storyline of the game was similar to other fighting games at the time: Mortal Kombat is a Shaolin martial arts tournament which has been corrupted by its grandmaster. The competitors in this tournament -- ''[[BruceLeeClone Liu Kang]]'', a Shaolin monk; ''[[DeadpanSnarker Johnny Cage]]'', a Hollywood action film star; ''Sonya Blade'', a United States Special Forces agent; ''[[SmugSnake Kano]]'', a mercenary/killer-for-hire; ''[[TheMentor Raiden]]'', the God of Thunder; ''[[EnsembleDarkhorse Scorpion]]'', the reborn specter of a murdered ninja; and ''[[AnIcePerson Sub-Zero]]'', an assassin for the Lin Kuei ninja clan -- will fight each other for the right to face the grandmaster, EvilSorcerer ''[[BigBad Shang Tsung]]'', and his champion ''[[TheDragon Goro]]'' for the title of Mortal Kombat's [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment champion]].

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The basic storyline of the game was similar to other fighting games at the time: Mortal Kombat is a Shaolin martial arts tournament which has been corrupted by its grandmaster. The competitors in this tournament -- ''[[BruceLeeClone Liu Kang]]'', a Shaolin monk; ''[[DeadpanSnarker Johnny Cage]]'', a Hollywood action film star; ''Sonya Blade'', ''[[ActionGirl Sonya Blade]]'', a United States Special Forces agent; ''[[SmugSnake Kano]]'', a mercenary/killer-for-hire; ''[[TheMentor Raiden]]'', the God of Thunder; ''[[EnsembleDarkhorse Scorpion]]'', the reborn specter of a murdered ninja; and ''[[AnIcePerson Sub-Zero]]'', an assassin for the Lin Kuei ninja clan -- will fight each other for the right to face the grandmaster, EvilSorcerer ''[[BigBad Shang Tsung]]'', and his champion ''[[TheDragon Goro]]'' for the title of Mortal Kombat's [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment champion]].
13th Jan '13 11:54:23 AM captainpat
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The basic storyline of the game was similar to other fighting games at the time: Mortal Kombat is a Shaolin martial arts tournament which has been corrupted by its grandmaster. The competitors in this tournament -- ''[[BruceLeeClone Liu Kang]]'', a Shaolin monk; ''[[DeadpanSnarker Johnny Cage]]'', a Hollywood action film star; ''[[GoodLookingPrivates Sonya Blade]]'', a United States Special Forces agent; ''[[SmugSnake Kano]]'', a mercenary/killer-for-hire; ''[[TheMentor Raiden]]'', the God of Thunder; ''[[EnsembleDarkhorse Scorpion]]'', the reborn specter of a murdered ninja; and ''[[AnIcePerson Sub-Zero]]'', an assassin for the Lin Kuei ninja clan -- will fight each other for the right to face the grandmaster, EvilSorcerer ''[[BigBad Shang Tsung]]'', and his champion ''[[TheDragon Goro]]'' for the title of Mortal Kombat's [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment champion]].

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The basic storyline of the game was similar to other fighting games at the time: Mortal Kombat is a Shaolin martial arts tournament which has been corrupted by its grandmaster. The competitors in this tournament -- ''[[BruceLeeClone Liu Kang]]'', a Shaolin monk; ''[[DeadpanSnarker Johnny Cage]]'', a Hollywood action film star; ''[[GoodLookingPrivates Sonya Blade]]'', ''Sonya Blade'', a United States Special Forces agent; ''[[SmugSnake Kano]]'', a mercenary/killer-for-hire; ''[[TheMentor Raiden]]'', the God of Thunder; ''[[EnsembleDarkhorse Scorpion]]'', the reborn specter of a murdered ninja; and ''[[AnIcePerson Sub-Zero]]'', an assassin for the Lin Kuei ninja clan -- will fight each other for the right to face the grandmaster, EvilSorcerer ''[[BigBad Shang Tsung]]'', and his champion ''[[TheDragon Goro]]'' for the title of Mortal Kombat's [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment champion]].
27th Nov '12 4:18:25 PM Someoneman
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* AdjustableCensorship: The Genesis version has a button code that undoes the censorship.
31st Oct '12 5:15:33 AM ELNazgir
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* {{Retcon}}: Once the story was fleshed out more in the movie, Raiden was made much more noble. He joined the tournament for fun and his ending depicts him dominating it, growing bored and inviting other gods to join in. This results in the complete destruction of the Earth. Have a nice day.

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* {{Retcon}}: Once the story was fleshed out more in the movie, Raiden was made much more noble. He In the game he joined the tournament for fun and his ending depicts him dominating it, growing bored and inviting other gods to join in. This results in the complete destruction of the Earth. Have a nice day.
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31st Oct '12 5:14:50 AM ELNazgir
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* CreatorCameo: Probe Software, the porting team behind the Genesis ''MK'', included their president, Fergus [=McGovern=], in the game. As a floating head that counts as a moon-obscuring shadow for fighting Reptile, of all things. He also appeared in the sequel as a "Fergality" performable by Raiden.

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* CreatorCameo: The heads of the main people behind the game were impaled on the bottem of the Pit.
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Probe Software, the porting team behind the Genesis ''MK'', included their president, Fergus [=McGovern=], in the game. As a floating head that counts as a moon-obscuring shadow for fighting Reptile, of all things. He also appeared in the sequel as a "Fergality" performable by Raiden.



* DynamicDifficulty: The AI more or less adapted to player style. If you didn't use special moves, the computer used them sparingly. This meant that theoretically, new players were not as hampered by a lack of understanding. Later games scrapped this and went on to innovate the PerfectPlayAI style.

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* DynamicDifficulty: The AI more or less adapted to player style. If you didn't use special moves, the computer used them sparingly.sparingly until later stages. This meant that theoretically, new players were not as hampered by a lack of understanding. Later games scrapped this and went on to innovate the PerfectPlayAI style.


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* {{Retcon}}: Once the story was fleshed out more in the movie, Raiden was made much more noble. He joined the tournament for fun and his ending depicts him dominating it, growing bored and inviting other gods to join in. This results in the complete destruction of the Earth. Have a nice day.
29th Oct '12 9:02:56 AM Saurubiker
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* ActingForTwo: Dan Pesina as Johnny Cage and the ninjas, Ho Sung Pak as Liu Kang and the elderly Shang Tsung (before they rejuvenated the character in ''[=MK2=]'').

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* ActingForTwo: Dan Pesina as Johnny Cage and the ninjas, ninjas and Ho Sung Pak as Liu Kang and the elderly Shang Tsung (before they rejuvenated the character in ''[=MK2=]'').
29th Oct '12 9:02:33 AM Saurubiker
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'''''Mortal Kombat''''' is a FightingGame released in arcades in 1992; it was later ported to the Genesis and Super NES, amongst other console systems.

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'''''Mortal Kombat''''' is a FightingGame released in arcades in 1992; it was later ported to the Genesis and Super NES, amongst other console systems.
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* ActingForTwo: Dan Pesina as Johnny Cage and the ninjas, Ho Sung Pak as Liu Kang and the elderly Shang Tsung (before they rejuvenated the character in ''[=MK2=]'').
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