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Release year: 1993 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Midway

Mortal Kombat 2 (AKA MKII) is a realistic 2D 1vs1 fighting game developed by Midway for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in 1993. It is the second installment of the MK series after the first MK game. MK2 is also the prequel of MK3 and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.

If you want the experience of the original Mortal Kombat 2 arcade game without the silent laughs of the people around you as you dive into the acid pool or get that bloody and violent fatality, Nintendo has an answer for you in the form of MK II for the SNES. It’s a large improvement from the first release in the graphics and fighting system departments.

Challenge is what the Mortal Kombat saga is all about and this 2nd release for SNES will not make you wanting. There may be times, though, when fighting opponents on your way up the competition ladder deviates from the story line. Why should you even fight a clone of yourself? But the added chances for a bloodier and more gruesome ending more than make up for the lackluster plot.

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Controls are MK’s forte and this second iteration is no exception. Sensitivity and respond to each press on the buttons and swipe on the D-pad is solid and to the point. The developers know you’ll need it if you have to survive against Baracka’s barrage of assaults.

If you were impressed with the graphics of the first game, prepare to be mesmerized with Mortal Kombat 2 as it employs 2-D realism over cartoonish characters. It’s a true port from its arcade counterpart. A feat that is not easy to achieve given the limitations of SNES’ hardware. The backgrounds are like living paintings and putting the fighters on them is a visual candy. MK II on the SNES was a graphical achievement at the time.

The sound effects and music were also perfectly replicated showing off the SNES’ audio chip capabilities. At last, the music is not MIDI sounding and the grunts are audible. The characters’ shouts when performing particular moves are cool.

MK has always been Street Fighter’s rival and Mortal Kombat 2 is more than a worthy one. It’s a game you’ll love to play over and over again.

It has been ported to Arcade, Game Gear, Master System, Genesis, SNES (this version), Game Boy, Amiga, Ms-DOS, 32X, Saturn, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows.

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