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Mortal Kombat on Super NES: What Did the Critics Say in 1993?

Based on one of the most violent arcade games of all time, this version of Mortal Kombat is best known for being heavily edited. Were critics still into this fighting game without the blood and gore? We turn to GamePro, Electronic Gaming Monthly, SNES Force, CVG and other classic magazines for the answer.

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Neonridr1265d ago

The first Mortal Kombat was superior on the Genesis only because of the blood being shown. As soon as Mortal Kombat 2 on the SNES was uncensored it wasn't even a close contest. The sound and graphics were horrible on the Genesis version, but that's because the Sound Board was far superior on the SNES and the SNES was also able to display thousands of more colors.

Yi-Long1265d ago (Edited 1265d ago )

I'm pretty sure I still have that issue of GamePro somewhere... :)

Edit: I also still have that issue of EGM... :D

I love reading those old mags on a sunny day in the summer.

Anyway, on topic: The game was best on Genesis simply because the Nintendo version was censored. Although personally I never cared all that much about the MK games. They're OK to play for the gore-shocks and such, and it's an OK simple Arcade-fighter where you can quickly pull of some fancy moves and have some nice fights, but overall I never really cared much for the setting and characters. MK2 was probably best, although I haven't played the recent new game yet.

kevnb1264d ago

But the six button controller you could get for genesis was awesome.

No_Limit1264d ago (Edited 1264d ago )

On paper, the SNES version should smoke the Genesis version in terms of spec. The SNES can display 256 colors on screen compare to 64 on Genesis, has 128kb of Ram compared to only 64kb on the Genesis, has a max sprite screen size of 64x64 compared to 32x32 on the Genesis, and more importantly, can display resolution up to 512x448 compared to only 320x224 on the Genesis. But for a fighting game, speed is king and the 7.67 MHz of the CPU speed on the Genesis was more than double that of the SNES and more importantly, it has blood and gore, which is the trademark of the MK franchise, so the Genesis version is the better version in that sense. But you are right, MKII was way better on SNES as it included blood and gore as well.

Jonny5isalive1264d ago

yeah right, go watch videos of the snes and genesis version on youtube. The genesis version looks and sounds like complete ass. I had no idea the genesis version was that shitty, wow.

t-hall7851264d ago

wrong. the difference was the genesis version actually played like the arcade version. the snes version didn't due to its slow cpu. i would know. i was there

Neonridr1264d ago

lol, so was I. The Genesis was only capable of displaying 64 colors at once, so the characters looked awful compared to the extra detail in the SNES version.

Guess you were one of those guys who believed in the whole "Blast Processing" campaign.

Genesis games looked ugly.

t-hall7851263d ago (Edited 1263d ago )

geez @neonridr. i didn't know graphics whores never grew up. do some research. the super nintendo version play like ass. but you prefer it because it looked better...smh.

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

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Geobros1264d ago

I love reading retromagazines...

ReBurn1264d ago

I still have my SNES copy of Mortal Kombat, sweat and all. I remember using the game genie to turn the sweat red.

GeofferyPeterson1264d ago (Edited 1264d ago )

Awwww, memories. I remember the first "toasty" i got in MK2, brings a tear to my eye

airforcex1264d ago

The main problem with the Genesis version were the programmers. Yes, the hardware was inferior, however Probe was awful. SNES got the better programmers. Same for MK2. Fast forward to Ultimate Mortal Kombat, and most reviewers will say they're basically the same with some actually preferring the graphics/sound of the Genesis. I dreaded every time a game was from Probe. They couldn't get the 32x version right either. Yes, not even with 32 bits...

Jonny5isalive1264d ago

wow coin-op is not a word Ive seen in a long time. I used to get gamepro and EGM and remember being excited to find one in my mailbox after school.

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