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[NYCC 2017] Fatality! ‘Mortal Kombat’ Turns 25

25 years ago, someone ripped out their opponent’s spine for the first time, uppercutted a friend into The Pit, and jumpkicked their way past Goro. Yep, it’s been 25 years since Ed Boon and John Tobias unleashed Mortal Kombat to the masses in the arcade. The subsequent home versions by Acclaim (who can forget “Mortal Monday”?) brought the game home to the masses, and changed fighting games (and subsequently, the industry) forever.

At New York Comic-Con, the original group behind the first Mortal Kombat – Ed Boon, John Tobias, Dan Forden and John Vogel – not only had a panel discussing the first game, but also helped usher in the bigger celebration of the series. Right now, Raiden is available for Injustice 2, but other NetherRealm Studios games have also received their own MK updates. Mortal Kombat X for mobile has added Shao Kahn the Konqueror in full Diamond tier regalia, as well as two new versions of Goro to battle against, and an all-new Relic Hunt feature. Injustice: Gods Among Us adds Scorpion to its lineup (just like its console cousin), and WWE Immortals adds a Raiden costume for Xavier Woods to use.

Lastly, Mortal Kombat X for consoles and PC will be unveilling new Living Tower challenges that are inspired by previous entries within the series. It’s all enough to make you want to run out into the street and scream “Mortal Kombat!” at the top of your lungs. Just watch out for cars.



  • The chicken man

    So, I was a teenager when it came out, plus 25 years, that would make me….. Oh. Old.

    • I know. I try not to think about it, either.

  • Twenty five years. Now if we can getting a real movie based on the Mortal Kombat games, featuring hard-R gory martial arts action and a great story.

  • I still remember the hours I put in, just trying to beat Goro and Shang Tsung. Still a very fun game.

  • david

    I think I stopped playing Mortal Kombat after part 3. What about you guys? Was part 4 or any of the other games that came after any good?

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