Mortal Kombat was released amid controversy in 1992, becoming a direct competitor to the smash-hit Japanese title Street Fighter II.
With its alluring graphics made up of digitised actors and gruesome finishing moves, Mortal Kombat became an instant hit with players around the globe.
- Publisher: Midway
- Developer: Midway
- Designers: Ed Boon, John Tobias
- Artists: John Tobias, John Vogel
- Composer: Dan Forden
- Release date: 8 October 1992
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A 2,000 year old half human dragon Goro remains undefeated for the past 500 years. He won the title of Grand Champion by defeating Kung Lao, a Shaolin fighting monk.
It was during this time period where the tournament fell into Shang Tsung’s hands. Now you have been chosen to represent Earthrealm in an ancient tournament called Mortal Kombat.
- Reptile’s Hints
Added in Version 3.0, Reptile is a hidden kombatant that can be fought if certain conditions are met. In Version 4.0 Reptile will sometimes jump down before a match starts and give you clues on how to find him. These clues are as follows:
- I Am Reptile, Find Me!
- You Must Find Me To Beat Me
- Alone is How To Find Me
- Look To La Luna
- 10,000,000 If You Destroy Me
- Tip Eht Fo Mottob
- Perfection Is The Key
- Fatality Is The Key
- You Cannot Match My Speed
- Fight Reptile
Whilst on The Pit stage, keep a lookout for shadows that may fly across the moon. Should they appear, defeat your opponent with a Double Flawless and perform your character’s specific Fatality to fight Reptile, making sure not to use Block for the entire match.
In Version 3.0 it is impossible to fight Reptile with Sonya or Scorpion because Block is required in their Fatalities. In Version 4.0 it’s okay to use Block, but only for the Fatality.
Super NES only
- Chrome Goro Glitch
Perform Raiden’s Fatality after winning the third endurance match. When Goro appears he will be strange colours for the first round and the background will remain darkened.
Mega Drive/Genesis only
- Blood Code
Press A, B, A, C, A, B, B at the Code of Honor screen to enable blood.
- Cheat Mode
Press Down, Up, Left, Left, A, Right, Down at the main title screen to enable the Cheat menu.
After inputting the Cheat Mode code, access the Cheat menu to find a number of flags that can be turned on or off. These flags have different effects on the game, and are as follows:
- Flag 0: One hit kills against the CPU
- Flag 1: One hit kills against you
- Flag 2: Objects fly across the moon on The Pit
- Flag 3: A head flies across the moon on The Pit
- Flag 4: Reptile appears between each fight to give you a clue
- Flag 5: Infinite credits
- Flag 6: In Arcade mode the CPU will complete their victory over you with a Fatality
- Flag 7: The arena will not change during Arcade mode
- Secret Sonya
After inputting the Cheat Mode code, access the Cheat menu and enable Flags 2 and 3. Set the Plan Base for three and the first map to The Pit. Make your way to the second endurance match. If you aren’t on The Pit, continue to lose until you are. Defeat your opponent with a Double Flawless victory and perform your character’s specific Fatality to fight Reptile.