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Mortal Kombat 20th Anniversary Retrospective

The game whose violence largely credited for causing the creation of the ESRB, Mortal Kombat is “enjoying” its 20th anniversary this year. Check out this 20-minute video on the 20 year history of Mortal Kombat. Get over here!

Posted by: Akuma on Friday, May 25th, 2012

The History of Mortal Kombat

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Now that we know more about the history of Street Fighter, it’s time to dive right into another fighting game franchise that was equally influential and a heck of a lot more controversial: Mortal Kombat.

We can all recognize the similarities between Johnny Cage and Jean-Claude Van Damme, but did you know that the Bloodsport star was supposed to really be in the first Mortal Kombat game? Mortal Kombat was also among the first to introduce a block button to the fighting game genre. Check out this series of videos from MK Secrets for more fascinating tidbits. Finish him!

Posted by: Akuma on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

New Mortal Kombat Movie and Game (Plus Other News)

Aside from Street Fighter, very few fighting games have reached the same legendary status as Mortal Kombat. It is largely credited as starting the whole war against video game violence and gore. Well, it seems to be rising from the dead, despite the downfall of Midway. That’s right. Mortal Kombat is back. FINISH HIM!

There are two parts to this story. First, it seems that a new Mortal Kombat movie is in the works and it seems to have Jax working for the FBI and he’s hunting down such bad guys like Sub-Zero. They seem to be changing some of the mythology, however, as Baraka is depicted as a rogue plastic surgeon who took the knife on himself (rather than some beast from Outworld).

You can read more about the movie on Slashfilm and check out the leaked trailer video here:

But wait. There’s more. They’re developing a new video game too and, from what we can tell, it’s simply going to be called Mortal Kombat. Based on the new trailer, the gameplay will return to the 2D roots of Mortal Kombat II and Mortal Kombat 3, rather than the more recent 3D incarnations of Mortal Kombat.

The new Mortal Kombat will seemingly be akin to Street Fighter IV in that you get 2D core gameplay with 3D rendered graphics. The fatality by Kung Lao at the end of the video looks particularly impressive, as does the depiction of Shao Khan.

In other news:

To cap off today’s roundup, here is a new Marvel vs. Capcom 3 trailer featuring Dante (Devil May Cry) and Marvel’s Deadpool. So sweet.

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Posted by: Akuma on Saturday, June 12th, 2010