Review by Ggultra2764

"Who wants Mortal Kombat on the SNES? Not me..."

Mortal Kombat's violence is toned down a lot with an MA-13 rating on the Super NES as the blood is replaced with sweat and the fatalities are gentler which are the major downfall for Mortal Kombat on the SNES. You can check out my Genesis review of the game to get the overall details on the game as I am just going to rate the Graphics, Sound, and Control on this review of the SNES version of Mortal Kombat. All the fighters (Kano, Johnny Cage, Rayden, Liu Kang, Sub-Zero, Scorpion, and Sonya) make the cut for the SNES.

Graphics: The graphics look way more better on the SNES than the Genesis version as the game backgrounds and character models are nicely detailed along with the stunning attack animations. It could have been a perfect touch if Nintendo added blood in for its Mortal Kombat game. Also all of the nice game screens which were on the arcade version during the demo screens, especially the character bio files, of Mortal Kombat were removed for the SNES version.

Sound: The best feature on the SNES version is the sound. The announcer says the character names unlike the Genesis version and each character has their own individual sounds. Heck even Sonya screams when she gets a Fatality landed on her like a woman instead of a man on the Genesis which is a game creation error. Stage music is exclusive to the SNES version which is a very nice touch and its way better than the Genesis version (no offense to the guys at Sega.)

Control: It feels like you are playing with arcade controls when you use the SNES controller for Mortal Kombat. All the buttons represent different types of functions from punching to kicking to blocking which is very impressive for a 16-bit game. It's still a bit deja vu to Street Fighter II as you have to do a 360 rotation to pull off Kano's Cannonball which is the only downfall on control for SNES Mortal Kombat.

Overall: The SNES version of Mortal Kombat would have been perfect with its superior graphics and sound to the Genesis. Unfortunately, a lack of arcade sources such as game screens, blood, and arcade fatalities make this Mortal Kombat version the worst of the console gaming pack. Spend your time finding a better fighting game to spend on for the SNES like Killer Instinct or Street Fighter Alpha 2 which is more enjoyable.

Reviewer's Rating:   2.0 - Poor

Originally Posted: 01/02/02, Updated 01/02/02

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