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Mortal Kombat is a fighting video game released in 1992 for the arcades and tried to spawn more violent games and the ESRB. Due to its success, Mortal Kombat received ports to several platforms and even spawned a franchise. The game was ported to the Super Nintendo in 1993 by Sculptured Software and Acclaim, which this page will cover.

Why the SNES version sucks

  1. The SNES version has been heavily stripped down due to Nintendo's censorship, with the blood being replaced with sweat and the fatalities renamed to "finishing moves". This made the port inferior to the Sega Genesis port.
  2. The fatalities are also modified, with most of them looking awful next to the aforementioned non-existant blood.
  3. Stiff and almost unresponsive controls.
  4. The Start button is virtually useless during fights, though blocking has been mapped to the shoulder buttons of the controller.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. This game can be for people who hate violent games.

Reception

While the original game sparked controversy for its amount of violence, the SNES port sparked its own controversy for its censorship.

This version heavily damaged the Super Nintendo's reputation and even decreased its sales, in contrast to the Genesis port. It has been critically panned by critics and gamers, and is often considered to be one of the WORST ARCADE PORTS OF ALL TIME.

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