Mortal Kombat was mad hype back in the day
- April 7th, 2010
- By MogKnight
We look at the Mortal Kombat series nowadays and a lot of us can agree that the series went on a totally different tangent than what we all know and love from way back when. Heck, even back then, people have always kinda scoffed at the series. The fighting system isn’t refined like Street Fighter 2 or early SNK titles and the game was just something that people didn’t take seriously. Of course, that was pretty much the aim of it and back in the day, people just wanted to play a game.
One thing was certain though: Mortal Kombat was very popular and drew a lot of hype.
When the first Mortal Kombat game came out to consoles, I remember there being so many advertising materials and videos sent out all over the place. But, I think this video takes the cake as to how to promote a console release of a game:
Is your mind blown yet? If it isn’t, how about that Mortal Kombat cartoon on VHS that was released with the Mortal Kombat Movie?
And finally, there was the USA Network and their Mortal Kombat cartoon. Oddly enough, all the violence that the game is known for isn’t shown at all in any other media, it was all PG-13 or PG.
To be completely fair though, Mortal Kombat did have a huge chunk of fans and even now with the current Mortal Kombat games, people are still enjoying everything that Ed Boon (co-creator of the MK series) throws at them. Personally, I’m happy to see that people are bringing Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 into competitive tournaments and Shaolin Monks was a great (and probably the only good one) spin off Mortal Kombat game that would put a lot of beat’em up games to shame.
If you enjoy the Mortal Kombat series, check out Mortal Kombat Online and Total Mortal Kombat for more detailed information. For a full detailed retrospective on the earlier Mortal Kombat titles as a whole, check out Retroware TV.