When Mortal Kombat was released onto the Super Nintendo, Nintendo censor the blood and gore to avoid getting hate mail from overprotected parents. Sub-Zero's finishing move is one of the reasons why the ESRB rating system was made.
Contributed By: nsplayer.
The famous "Mortal Kombat" scream, which would rise to prominence with the movie adaptation of Mortal Kombat and the song "Techno Syndrome" and eventually become one of the series' most well-known symbols, originally came from a "Mortal Monday" television commercial for the release of the game on the SNES, Genesis, Game Boy, and Game Gear. The scream was actually a young teenager's scream digitally altered to have a lower pitch.
Contributed By: darkknight109.
As part of his back story of being a Shaolin Monk, Liu Kang is the only character in the game to have a finishing move that does not actually kill his opponent.
After the success of the Mortal Kombat movie in 1995, Kano's heritage was retconned to Australian -- a poke at Trevor Goddard's performance. (Interestingly, Goddard wasn't Australian and didn't even play one in the movie; audiences just mistook his Cockney accent as Australian and ran with it.) Though the actor never reprised his film role, and died in 2003, Kano's look has never radically differed from Goddard's iconic turn.
Contributed By: Shotgunnova.
One lesser known point of censorship occurs in the ending for Sub-Zero. In the original ending, it is said that the reason he entered the tournament was for the assassination of another person. The word 'assassination' was replaced with the word 'destruction.'
Contributed By: HyperIria.
This was the first video game to have an official countdown to the release date in United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. This momentous day was known as "Mortal Monday".
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