Retro Wrap-Up: Mortal Kombat Edition

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

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Mortal Kombat | Retro Wrap-Up

All the discussion about the new Mortal Kombat X has got me thinking about my own history as a fan of the series. Although it’s been a while since I played any of them–the last game in the series I played was Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (not counting the series’ beat-em-up entry, Shaolin Monks)–I have fond memories playing these games. I remember the crowds around the cabinets at the arcades, playing the Game Boy version on long car rides, and entering those long, convoluted codes to get access to hidden settings. To this day, Mortal Kombat is one of the only fighting game series I’ve ever been able to get into.

While there’s been a lot said about the violence in the series throughout the years, I’ve always thought that–in the older games, anyway–that it was cartoony and over-the-top. This newest incarnation has much more realistic graphics and the violence and gore seems extra gruesome to me. Maybe I’m just getting old.

As if it’s any surprise at this point, the oprainfall Retro Commercial Research Team–in other words, me–presents to you some TV moments from the series’ earlier days.

Here are the highlights from the past week.

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ORIGINAL CONTENT:

NEWS:

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About Eric Chetkauskas

Eric has been playing video games for longer than he can remember. His interests skew toward retro games with an emphasis on Japanese RPGs like Chrono Trigger and the Dragon Quest series.