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 worst thing about the SNES version was that it was heavily stripped down due to Nintendo's strict censorship, with the blood being replaced with sweat and the fatalities being renamed to "finishing moves".
  2. The fatalities are also modified, with most of them looking awful next to the aforementioned non-existent 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.
  2. The graphics and sound are pretty close to those of the arcade game.
  3. Due to the Sega Genesis version selling more copies than the SNES version, Nintendo allowed the sequel Mortal Kombat II for the SNES to keep the blood and gore and the fatalities intact due to the advent of ESRB Rating System in North America.


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