This year marks the 25th anniversary of the original Mortal Kombat, which spawned a franchise that’s still going strong to this day. If you’re a fan, you probably loved that vintage motion capture footage from the original game that we recently shared, and you surely can’t wait to get your hands on Funko’s retro-style action figures.
The 25th anniversary love continues with this video from Great Big Story, which shines the spotlight on Mortal Kombat‘s unsung hero: Steve Ritchie.
“Steve Ritchie is something of a legend in the video game world,” explains Great Big Story. “For most, he’s the prolific pinball designer responsible for creating more machines than anyone else in pinball history. But, for those in the know, he’s also the godlike voice behind the announcer in the classic game, Mortal Kombat. After voicing a number of unsavory characters for his own pinball machines, Ritchie began to perfect the deep, booming register that would later make Mortal Kombat so iconic. And while Ritchie spent the majority of his career designing and developing video games, we’ll never forget his seminal contribution to our ‘90s nostalgia.”
You’ll never forget the voice. Now meet the man behind it!