Midway Games enlisted the help of developer Ed Boon, once 27, as well as comic book writer John Tobias, still 22, in 1991 to come up with a combat arcade machine that would have been available in ten months. Artist John Vogel, as well as production designer Dan Forden, completed Boon and Tobias' team.

Mortal Kombat has become a videogame icon years well after its multi-system introduction. Mortal Kombat has been one of Nintendo's most famous titles, with over a dozen games, multiple theater movies, and an unlimited extended world of comic book fiction. Just how do you know about the history and facts of the greatest tournament in combat games?

If you were a kid or a teen in the early 1990s, you probably recall the first time you saw Mortal Kombat and exclaimed, "Whoa!" Mortal Kombat came along after Street Fighter made fighting games a thing, grabbed us, and uppercut into us a vision of what the genre could be. Do you want to learn more about the origins of this historic game? Well, better start reading these wild examples:

Kano’s fatality came straight from Indiana Jones. Kano ripping off someone’s still-beating heart doesn’t just look like Mola Ram’s thing in Indiana Jones and the Temple Doom -- that was the direct inspiration, as Kano actor Richard Divizio was a fan of the Indiana Jones movies.

Source: MEL Magazine

THE NINTENDO VERSION WAS NOTORIOUSLY BLOODLESS. Removing the gore from Mortal Kombat is like removing talking animals from Disney, yet that's what Nintendo demanded for the SNES port. The Sega version allowed the blood to be turned back on with a cheat code, which was one of the reasons it widely outsold the SNES version.

Source: BBC

SCORPION AND SUB-ZERO WERE ORIGINALLY BROTHERS In the backstory as John Tobias initially conceived it, the two ninjas were brothers who became enemies. That was later scrapped.

Source: MEL Magazine

THE GAME WAS AN UNEXPECTED SUCCESS. Midway didn't expect to produce more than 200 arcade cabinets of Mortal Kombat. One year later, when the game was released on home consoles, they were talking about millions of cartridges sold.

Source: MEL Magazine

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