Up until the early 1990s, Nintendo retained their censorship policies that no games that appeared on their systems could feature excessive violence, nudity, political messages and so forth. This changed when Mortal Kombat was released to arcades in 1992, becoming a smash hit and featured lifelike characters dismembering each other as well as excessive displays of blood. Nintendo retained their censorship policy and ordered the blood be removed from the Super Nintendo version of the game and many of the fatalities had to be altered as well. The Genesis version on the other hand shipped to stores with all the original gore content intact and outsold the Super NES version four to one because of this. This notion alone caused Nintendo to temporarily lose market share as consumers voiced that they did not want their games to be censored. This urged Nintendo to change their censorship policies as the Super NES version of Mortal Kombat II shipped without censorship.
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