Cartridge Capers: Mortal Kombat

Woo, I’m impressive, I’ve beat Mortal Kombat, right? Well, no, mainly, I’m not that good at these games, so I realized that it’s not going to be me playing through all of these games completely, otherwise I’d never write any Cartridge Capers. Instead, I did play for a little while and I’m going to focus more on the nostalgia for these big games that people already know.

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Mortal Kombat is one of the classic fighting games. You are going through a tournament trying to become the greatest fighter. With my skill level thus far at the game, I am far from the greatest fighter. However, games like this are fun to sit down and play, because I’m not that good, but I can button mash and sometimes accidentally stumble across a special move.

Mortal Kombat featured unique ways in which special moves were performed, being the first game to introduce special moves performed exclusively using the joystick. Most special moves were performed by tapping the joystick, sometimes ending with a button press.

As the Mortal Kombat Wikapedia link talks about, these special moves are what make characters that otherwise fought basically identically seem different. Since I’m playing with the Retron system with a Super Nintendo, I am going to have to learn the special moves myself. I was able to figure out a throw, and then immediately forget how that worked.

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Like I said, one of the things that I like a lot about this style of game is the ability to just sit down and play it. It isn’t anything all that difficult to learn, and while the special moves require knowing how to do them, you can still get a fun experience from it. I’m also not playing this game on any sort of difficulty so that I can actually get through a few fights.

It’s a game that will continue to get more play and a game that I’m going to actually glance through the manual that game with the game. Another game that I picked at Heroic Goods & Games in Minneapolis, Minnesota, I got this one as part of a sale, I think it was minimum 10% off for the sale, and roll a D20 (twenty sided die) to see if you can get a higher percentile off, I am pretty sure I got 17% off. The game cam with the box and with the manual. So I flipped through it just to see what it looked like, but it’s probably going to be one of the spots to really get the story of the game. Since it’s basically just a fighting game, they don’t have much in way of story development in the part of the game that I’ve played. However, in the “attract mode” screen, the screen that plays in arcades or while the video game is waiting for someone to play it, it does tell some of the story. The Wikapedia article has some more about the story.

One final thing about this game, it uses screen capture for actual actors in the fighting. I remember this from some video games like Return to Zork that I played on a computer, but on a gaming system like the SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) they don’t look as good. This was something that I always found interesting in games how they would use them sometimes just for cut scenes. But when they would blend them into the game it was generally an interesting choice. It works in a game like this as it stands out from the standard graphics for NES/SNES games.

I’m trying to figure out how to wrap up these articles on the Cartridge Capers. Normally I’d give it a grade, which I think I’ll do, but do classic games like this need a grade? I’m going to ask if people have played the games, but it feels like there needs to be some sort of metric as I play through more common/well known games now, but will eventually end up playing more obscure games, because I’ve picked up some random ones.

So, I think I’ll try this:

Final Thoughts on the Game

This is one of the classic arcade games, and while on the SNES it’s a little bit cleaner because they didn’t want the blood of the arcade version, it’s been a fun time playing it. Along with the likes of Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat is a classic fighting video game and there’s always going to be a spot on my shelf for games like it because of the nostalgia factor, even though I didn’t grow up with a gaming system. They were the games that had that “attract mode” screen that was eye catching when you’d walk past it in an arcade or looked the coolest when you saw people playing them.

Game Suggestion: Own

So instead of doing my normal grading, I’m going to go with Pass/Play/Own. Own is the highest rating meaning that I think it’s a good one to have and keep in a collection. Play means that the game is fun and worth a play, but I wouldn’t go out hunting for it. Pass means that the game isn’t all that interesting to me or has some weird mechanic or annoying part to the game and I wouldn’t recommend it.


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