Fatality, Brutality and Flawless Victory entered the lexicon of fighting games, thanks to the Mortal Kombat series, which gave a new dimension to fighting styles by combining Kung-Fu and Ju-Jitsu moves with technology and the supernatural. Ed Boon and John Tobias planned a Jean-Claude Van Damme type of a martial arts game, but Mortal Kombat’s classy style and extraordinary plot replaced this idea. And since then, MK enjoyed the ranks of one of the most popular fighting games after Street Fighter, Tekken and King of Fighters.
The Mortal Kombat series kicked off in 1992 for the Arcade platform and is sequel Mortal Kombat II was released in 1993. The series was later ported to around ten platforms. The original MK games in the series were Mortal Kombat 3, Trilogy, MK II and Ultimate Mortal Kombat. The one aspect that made the series different from other games of that era was the 2D sprites, which was digitized than hand-drawn.
However, the most-sold Mortal Kombat game was Deception, which sold around 1 million units for the PS3 platform within a week’s release. 2007 was special for the Mortal Kombat series, with around 26 million copies sold and Mortal Kombat II ranked no.38 as one of the best fighting games by Gamepro. This guide pays tribute to one of the best games in the history of fighting video games, a series which spawned several movies and is still going strong as the latest Mortal Kombat will be released in 2011.