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Mortal Kombat II

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Mortal Kombat became a best-selling game and remains one of the most popular fighting games in the genre's history, spawning numerous sequels and spin-offs over the following years and decades, beginning with Mortal Kombat II in 1993, and together with the first sequel was the subject of a successful film adaptation in 1995.
Mortal Kombat II was the second game in the Mortal Kombat series, improving the gameplay and expanding the mythos of the original Mortal Kombat, notably introducing more varied finishing moves (including several Fatalities per character and new finishers, such as Babality and Friendship) and several iconic characters, such as Kitana, Mileena, Kung Lao, Noob Saibot, and the series' recurring villain, Shao Kahn.

Controversies surrounding Mortal Kombat

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However, it also sparked much controversy for its depiction of extreme violence and gore using realistic digitized graphics, resulting in the introduction of age-specific content descriptor ratings for video games.
During the U.S. Congressional hearing on video game violence, Democratic Party Senator Herb Kohl, working with Senator Joe Lieberman, attempted to illustrate why government regulation of video games was needed by showing clips from 1992's Mortal Kombat and Night Trap (another game featuring digitized actors).

Mortal Kombat (1995 film)

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Mortal Kombat became a best-selling game and remains one of the most popular fighting games in the genre's history, spawning numerous sequels and spin-offs over the following years and decades, beginning with Mortal Kombat II in 1993, and together with the first sequel was the subject of a successful film adaptation in 1995.
The film's primary source material was 1992's original game of the same title, but it was also inspired by and incorporates elements of 1993's follow-up game Mortal Kombat II.

Fighting game

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Mortal Kombat (MK) is an arcade fighting game developed and published by Midway in 1992 as the first title in the Mortal Kombat series.
Beginning with Midway's Mortal Kombat released in 1992, the Mortal Kombat series introduced "Fatalities" in which the victor kills a knocked-out opponent in a gruesome manner.

Fatality (Mortal Kombat)

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It introduced many key aspects of the Mortal Kombat series, including the unique five-button control scheme and gory finishing moves called Fatalities.
The number of individual Fatalities varies depending upon the game; while characters in Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance had only one, Mortal Kombat II and Mortal Kombat 3 and its updates (Mortal Kombat Trilogy and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3) featured as many as four.

Mortal Kombat (2011 video game)

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The minigame would return in various forms in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, and Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition.
Although beginning during the events of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, the plot is a retcon to the earliest period in the Mortal Kombat series, the events of Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat II and Mortal Kombat 3 (as well as the latter title's two updates).

Sub-Zero (Mortal Kombat)

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Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero was made as a prequel to the first game, focusing mostly on Bi-Han, the eponymous character. Carlos Pesina plays Raiden (spelled "Rayden" in the MS-DOS and console ports), the god of thunder and protector of Earthrealm, while his brother Daniel Pesina plays the Hollywood movie star Johnny Cage and the Lin Kuei ninja clan assassin Bi-Han, alias Sub-Zero, as well as the game's two other ninja characters.
Prior to Kuai Liang, the alias is utilized by his older brother Bi-Han in the original 1992 game, who appears in subsequent installments as Noob Saibot.

Noob Saibot

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Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero was made as a prequel to the first game, focusing mostly on Bi-Han, the eponymous character. Carlos Pesina plays Raiden (spelled "Rayden" in the MS-DOS and console ports), the god of thunder and protector of Earthrealm, while his brother Daniel Pesina plays the Hollywood movie star Johnny Cage and the Lin Kuei ninja clan assassin Bi-Han, alias Sub-Zero, as well as the game's two other ninja characters.
In the storyline of the games, the character first appeared as Sub-Zero in the original 1992 game, although this would not be established until 2004's Mortal Kombat: Deception.

Liu Kang

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The protagonist of the game is the Shaolin monk and Earthrealm's chosen champion Liu Kang, played by Ho-Sung Pak, who enters the tournament to defeat the evil sorcerer Shang Tsung.
Liu Kang is a fictional character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series from Midway Games, introduced as one of the original seven player characters in the 1992 first game as a Shaolin monk who enters the Mortal Kombat tournament to save Earthrealm (Earth).

Mortal Kombat (comics)

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The bulk of the game's backstory and lore was only told in a comic book, but some additional information about the characters and their motivations for entering the tournament is received upon completion of the game with each character.
The Midway comics were tie-ins published to coincide with the launches of Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat II, and Mortal Kombat 4.

Sonya Blade

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Elizabeth Malecki plays the Special Forces agent, Sonya Blade, who is pursuing a mercenary from the Black Dragon organization, Kano, played by Richard Divizio.
Debuting in the original Mortal Kombat game from 1992, she was a late addition to the game following a decision that the game needed a female character.

Kano (Mortal Kombat)

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Elizabeth Malecki plays the Special Forces agent, Sonya Blade, who is pursuing a mercenary from the Black Dragon organization, Kano, played by Richard Divizio.
He is one of the series' original characters, having made his debut in Mortal Kombat in 1992.

Ho-Sung Pak

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The protagonist of the game is the Shaolin monk and Earthrealm's chosen champion Liu Kang, played by Ho-Sung Pak, who enters the tournament to defeat the evil sorcerer Shang Tsung.
Not only did he play as the main villain of the first Mortal Kombat game, Shang Tsung, but he also played the Mortal Kombat champion Liu Kang for the first game and Mortal Kombat II.

Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero

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Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero was made as a prequel to the first game, focusing mostly on Bi-Han, the eponymous character.
Mythologies is a prequel set prior to the events of the tournament in the original Mortal Kombat.

Raiden (Mortal Kombat)

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Carlos Pesina plays Raiden (spelled "Rayden" in the MS-DOS and console ports), the god of thunder and protector of Earthrealm, while his brother Daniel Pesina plays the Hollywood movie star Johnny Cage and the Lin Kuei ninja clan assassin Bi-Han, alias Sub-Zero, as well as the game's two other ninja characters.
Making his official debut as one of the original seven playable characters in 1992's Mortal Kombat, Raiden is one of the central characters of the franchise.

Shang Tsung

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The protagonist of the game is the Shaolin monk and Earthrealm's chosen champion Liu Kang, played by Ho-Sung Pak, who enters the tournament to defeat the evil sorcerer Shang Tsung.
Shang Tsung debuted in the original Mortal Kombat, serving as the in-game tournament's grandmaster and the game's boss.

Johnny Cage

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Carlos Pesina plays Raiden (spelled "Rayden" in the MS-DOS and console ports), the god of thunder and protector of Earthrealm, while his brother Daniel Pesina plays the Hollywood movie star Johnny Cage and the Lin Kuei ninja clan assassin Bi-Han, alias Sub-Zero, as well as the game's two other ninja characters.
He was introduced as the first of the series' original seven player characters in the first Mortal Kombat game in 1992, and has become a staple of the series.

Scorpion (Mortal Kombat)

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The blue color of Sub-Zero's outfit was changed to yellow to create the vengeful specter Scorpion, a former ninja from a rival clan who along with his family has been killed by Sub-Zero prior to the tournament, and to green for the game's secret character, Reptile (though the costume used for motion capture was actually red).
Making his debut as one of the original seven playable characters in Mortal Kombat in 1992, he is an undead ninja specter seeking revenge for his own death at the hands of Quan Chi, making him an anti-hero which has been his main role throughout the course of the series up until Mortal Kombat X but still remains neutral.

Carlos Pesina

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Carlos Pesina plays Raiden (spelled "Rayden" in the MS-DOS and console ports), the god of thunder and protector of Earthrealm, while his brother Daniel Pesina plays the Hollywood movie star Johnny Cage and the Lin Kuei ninja clan assassin Bi-Han, alias Sub-Zero, as well as the game's two other ninja characters.
He is most recognized as the actor who played Raiden in Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat II, and Mortal Kombat Trilogy.

Goro (Mortal Kombat)

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The four-armed Shokan warrior, Goro serves as the sub-boss of the game; being a half-human, half-dragon beast, he is much stronger than the other characters and cannot be affected by throw attacks.
He first appears in the original Mortal Kombat as an unplayable boss character, challenging the player before the final fight with Shang Tsung.

Reptile (Mortal Kombat)

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The blue color of Sub-Zero's outfit was changed to yellow to create the vengeful specter Scorpion, a former ninja from a rival clan who along with his family has been killed by Sub-Zero prior to the tournament, and to green for the game's secret character, Reptile (though the costume used for motion capture was actually red).
He debuted in Mortal Kombat as a hidden opponent and appeared in subsequent titles as a playable character, also appearing in the merchandise and other media related to the series.

Daniel Pesina

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Carlos Pesina plays Raiden (spelled "Rayden" in the MS-DOS and console ports), the god of thunder and protector of Earthrealm, while his brother Daniel Pesina plays the Hollywood movie star Johnny Cage and the Lin Kuei ninja clan assassin Bi-Han, alias Sub-Zero, as well as the game's two other ninja characters.
During the creation of the 1992 video game Mortal Kombat, he played Johnny Cage and ninja characters Sub-Zero, Scorpion and Reptile, and served as a martial arts coordinator for the game.

Richard DiVizio

Elizabeth Malecki plays the Special Forces agent, Sonya Blade, who is pursuing a mercenary from the Black Dragon organization, Kano, played by Richard Divizio.
DiVizio is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Kano in the original Mortal Kombat in 1992.

Arcade game

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Mortal Kombat (MK) is an arcade fighting game developed and published by Midway in 1992 as the first title in the Mortal Kombat series.

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The Super NES (SNES) and Sega Genesis versions were the home console ports, while handheld console ports were released for the Game Boy and Game Gear.
Controversy surrounding violent games such as Night Trap and Mortal Kombat led Sega to create the Videogame Rating Council, a predecessor to the Entertainment Software Rating Board.