Mortal Kombat (SNES)

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Mortal Kombat
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Get over here you inferior port!
Genre: Fighting
Platforms: Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Release Date: September 13, 1993
Developer: Sculptured Software
Publisher: Acclaim Entertainment
Franchise: Mortal Kombat
Next Game: Mortal Kombat II

Mortal Kombat is a fighting video game released in 1992 for the arcades and tried to spawn more violent games and the ESRB. Due to its success, Mortal Kombat received ports to several platforms and even spawned a franchise. The game was ported to the Super Nintendo in 1993 by Sculptured Software and Acclaim, which this page will cover.

Why It Sucks

  1. The worst thing about the SNES version was that it was heavily stripped-down due to Nintendo's strict censorship, with the blood being replaced with sweat and the fatalities being renamed to "finishing moves".
    • Not to mention, the fighters bleeding sweat just makes it more disgusting and nauseating than bleeding blood, according to The Angry Video Game Nerd.
  2. The fatalities are also modified, with most of them looking awful next to the aforementioned non-existent blood.
  3. Stiff and almost unresponsive controls.
  4. The Start button is virtually useless during fights, though blocking has been mapped to the shoulder buttons of the controller.
  5. This version has more glitches than the other versions of the game.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. People who do not like blood and gore in video games may like this port.
  2. The graphics and sound are still mostly the same.
  3. Due to the Sega Genesis version selling more copies than the SNES version, Nintendo allowed the sequel Mortal Kombat II for the SNES to keep the blood and gore and the fatalities intact due to the advent of the ESRB Rating System in North America.
  4. Some of the censored fatalities served as inspiration for future games in the franchise.


While the original game sparked controversy for its amount of violence, the SNES port sparked its own controversy for its heavy censorship.

This version heavily damaged the Super Nintendo's reputation and even decreased its sales, in contrast to the Genesis port. It has been critically panned by critics and gamers and is often considered to be one of the worst arcade ports ever. It may have partly led to Nintendo loosening censorship restrictions once the ESRB was introduced in 1994.


  • By doing a glitch, you can unlock and play as Goro or Shang Tsung if you reach them, but after beating Shang Tsung with Goro or Shang Tsung himself, the game will crash.





4 days ago
Score 0
To me, this port is okay.


4 days ago
Score 1
In comparison to other poorly-done ports of early Mortal Kombat games, sure. This is kinda overhated; it's hated mainly due to the censorship.

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