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Mortal Kombat (SNES)

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Written by  :  Kadeem Gomez (38)
Written on  :  Apr 07, 2014
Platform  :  SNES
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Summary

A watered-down Genesis clone of MK

The Good

In 1993, Mortal Kombat gained a new wave of fighting games to a whole another level: Blood, Gore, and... Sweat? The folks at Nintendo wanted to do a kiddie-friendly version of the arcade classic and what did they get, an unnecessary toned-down bloodless version of Mortal Kombat that left many loyal fans wondering: What are they thinking? Why is Nintendo the only ones who's calling all the shots about censorship?

I really love Mortal Kombat. Even though it has a total of 8 or 9 characters of the roster, but the fatalities were incredible and thanks to Midway's innovative idea to bash the living daylights out of its other rival (Capcom's Street Fighter II), who would've thought that Mortal Kombat's intense physicality is so brutal that parents should be warned to their children not to play this game.

The Bad

I don't wanna be so offended to Nintendo, but the SNES version of Mortal Kombat could be go down as one of the worst games this system has to offer. Thanks to their so-called policy that has garnered for so many years targeting to children, one year later the ESRB stepped it up and make this bloodthirsty game not suitable for all audiences (including children under 17) and thus makes Mortal Kombat the first fighting game franchise to be rated M for Mature. Nintendo knew it was coming and since MKII, they finally ended the policy and decided to make a warning label of their own.

They should've erased the sweat, they should've add more violence, and sure as hell, they should've learned a lesson from the Genesis version.

The Bottom Line

I would rather stick my gums out and play either Killer Instinct or Street Fighter II Turbo instead. I can put this Mortal Kombat SNES version altogether in three different words: tedious, incoherent, and downright terrible. It just goes to show you what Sega Genesis does what Nintendon't.