Mortal Kombat Memories

James / July 7th, 2012

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James recalls his memories of the original Mortal Kombat


  • July 7, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I remember playing MK for the first time. The only reason any kid wanted to play it was for the finishing moves.

  • July 7, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Mortal Kombat was not the epitome of my early teen years, but it certainly left an impression. I never clamored for it the way I did SF2, but the blood and violence were always intriguing. I had a reversible poster taken out of an issue of EGM, that had MK2 on one side and Maximum Carnage on the other. While, I did flip the poster occasionally, I think the MK2 side was displayed most often.

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  • Hrethgir

    July 7, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I love these memories videos, this was like looking into a mirror and discovering mortal kombat and the internet for the first time as a kid only I was probably 3-4 years younger at least. Still went to the arcades with my dad and the first time I saw Mortal Kombat and people playing it I was in awe. My dad would later rent mortal kombat for the sega genesis and the guy behind the counter at blockbuster gave us the blood code and we LOVED playing it at home.

  • the feist

    July 7, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I made a list of character moves on my mom’s word processor (1994?) when MK II came out for consoles (I had it on SNES). I sold the copies at school for $5 each. Fond memories, indeed!

  • July 7, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    I remember playing Mortal Kombat for the first time at the local comic book store, it had only one arcade cabinet and it was Mortal Kombat. I used to spend hours at this place looking at comic books, collectible card games, and watching/playing Mortal Kombat. I must have been about 10 years old when the first one came out. Oh man, hardcore nostalgia…

  • July 7, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    When I was a kid I remember we had a store in our town named “Big Wheel” that sold all types of general goods, kind of like a small town walmart. In the area when you first walked in, they had a Mortal Kombat machine and I would always go play it. I would always have to ask the cashier to break a dollar so I could get quarters for the machine and so many kids were doing it they finally stopped breaking dollars so we would then have to take our own quarters. I remember picking Johnny Cage so I could use the fatality glitch and do his fatality over and over for minutes at a time, although Sub-Zero was always my fav.

  • Dan021

    July 7, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I remember when it first came out, man it looked sick and evil. Of course my parents wouldnt let me play…at home. πŸ˜€ but I managed to play at my friend’s place. Then Killer Instinc came out years later and the whole combo system took us by suprise. It was a sweet time for fighting games. But if you had a PS1 I think the most incredible fighter game was by far Battle Arena Toshiden 1. When it came out, VIrtua Fighter took an immense dive. I think only Sould Edge and Soul Calibur did better. Not even Toshiden 2-3 did as good. Good old times πŸ˜€ Thanks James, thanks Mike for your updates. But we always want more!

  • ittheclown

    July 7, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    thats so funny i heard the nude code rumors and the get the fuck over here rumor at my elementary also. . I used to walk around at recess with a pad of paper and pen asking everyone if they knew any mortal kombat codes while the cool kids played soccer and basketball ha ha. when i would get home I would be so excited to try them all.

  • LicaWolf

    July 7, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    My favorite was Mortal Kombat II because of all the easter eggs and secrets.
    I remember many similar rumors like those, and not only for Mortal Kombat. I kind of miss that, they were like urban legends. Now you can go on the internet and get all the secrets about a game with one click.

  • BrandeX

    July 8, 2012 at 1:13 am

    You probably didn’t see the internet used for the first time in regards to MK1. MK1 hit arcades in 1992, and virtually no one was online until 1998. The person was probably connected to a BBS.

  • Rambowl

    July 8, 2012 at 1:15 am

    I think the new Mortal Kombat (MK9) is the BEST fighting game ever made! Yes, I truly believe that. Name me 1 fighting game better than MK9? You can’t.

  • awesomeness

    July 8, 2012 at 1:38 am

    James, the pages of codes didn’t come from the Internet. They came from bulletin board systems, which were around before the Internet. You called up host systems one at a time and it tied up your phone line. MK1 came out before the Internet was popular and in wide use.

  • July 8, 2012 at 1:57 am

    @awesomeness – ha I remember those bulletin boards. But to be fair – that was the internet. The internet has been around since the 1960’s with D(arpanet.)

  • Doogrisa

    July 8, 2012 at 2:38 am

    I have MK 2 for the SNES. I suck pretty bad at it.

  • bulbasaur15

    July 8, 2012 at 3:45 am

    Down Up Left Left A Right Down “GET OVER HERE!!!”

    On another note the shadow and the floating head used to scare the crap out of me when I was little.

    Brutality finishers were the best I can only do Cyrax and Rain’s though

  • July 8, 2012 at 4:37 am

    my favorite mk was mk3 ultimate. i loved the sector fatality! he fuckin destroys the whole world!!

  • fotw

    July 8, 2012 at 4:53 am

    This video is pointless. It’s like diary entry or something. I like most of the stuff James does but I really don’t care much about how you played mk as a kid. It’s was pretty boring…

  • Senna4ever

    July 8, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Never did like MK.
    Every character was the same, outside of special and finishing moves they all were the exact same character.

    The only thing that stood out was the blood and violence. After you had seen all the finishers, the game was dull. I recall seeing a compilation of all the finishers on a TV gaming show in the 90’s, never had to play the game again after that. It was a one trick gimmick that got old fast.
    But even for me the blood was not that impressive, I had seen far worse…or better on films, etc.

    It was such a wooden and stiff fighting game. The gameplay was terrible.

    Never bothered with any of the games after MK II as it was more of the same.

  • Santa Horse

    July 8, 2012 at 5:31 am

    Why is the picture quality so poor? Is that just me?

  • XxJ0K3RxX10

    July 8, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Mortal Kombat was a good game
    I enjoyed it so much

  • Snejku

    July 8, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Took a while for this to be posted here on cinemassacre, I watched this video several days ago and wondered why it wasn’t being posted yet, now let’s get down to the main topic. MK was a cool fighting franchise to grow up with, my favourite in the whole series is MK Trilogy on the Ps1 it really had almost everything and a very good flow in the gameplay, I used to hear a rumour that you should press “Select” whenever the “TOASTY!” guy would pop up and you would unlock some kind of cheat window I believe, of course this was just another rumour in the vast line of debatable things about the MK games. Now the latest MK game is great too, nice to see they went back to the routes a lot more, perhaps not quite as much as they did with SF 4 when that came out, but you certainly recognise a lot of your past experiences of MK in it. Great video James!

  • Aarmed

    July 8, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Iron says hi

  • exarro

    July 8, 2012 at 11:28 am

    you guys will like anything.

  • SylvesterCalzone

    July 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I remember MK1 being my first game when I was like 3. I can remember beating Shang Tsung when I was little, but I can’t anymore. ._.

  • seniorgato

    July 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    James, that shirt is in dire need of retirement. I only bring it up because you mentioned how annoyed you were that you dressed in that half buttoned, wrinkled shirt in your earlier AVGN videos. It’s just no camera friendly πŸ˜€

  • Devil_Rising

    July 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm


    It’s posters like you, and posts like this, that make the comments section of this site painful to watch sometimes. I feel bad for James and Mike, having to read through stupid BS like this. If you don’t like something, don’t watch. Don’t act like a whiny spoiled brat.

    Anyway, great video James. Unfortunately, GameTrailers seems have arbitrarily decided to change their site for the worse………

  • Chibito

    July 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I don’t even understand what he was thinking here. “James recalls his memories of the original Mortal Kombat” in the description, and still he was apparently expecting something other than James recalling his memories of the original Mortal Kombat.

  • Zolcos

    July 8, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I love the “memories” series and I wish I could watch this one but the new gametrailers layout breaks all videos for me, the whole site doesn’t work now

  • itscmillertime

    July 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Hahaha, I remember hearing about the nude cheat and swearing cheat as well. My favorite thing to do in SNES was the 1 button fatalities for MK2 and Ultimate MK3. It was the only way i could pull of brutalities or any of the other Krazy-alities. People who say this game wasn’t very good are out of their skulls. This game was Kool as Kan be.

  • kinghenry

    July 8, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I remember getting MK 1&2 on my birthday when they came out on the SNES, I still have those same copies from back then. got Ultimate MK3(snes) an MK4(n64) through yardsales, MK Decpetion(xbox) one year for xmas, an have several copies of Mk 1&2 on the GENESIS

  • JuneBUg9

    July 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    can you do another video of game memory?

  • mzacker

    July 8, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Great retrospective, especially playing MK2 in your friend’s basement until the wee hours trying to unlock stuff and seeing if the various “rumors” worked.

  • Cine

    July 8, 2012 at 8:20 pm


  • Cine

    July 8, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    when do we get to see nerd episode?

  • HighanDry

    July 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I’ve to disagree that no Mk was as shocking as the 2nd from the first.

    The MK release on the ps3 was excellent, seeing the xray cam moves where insides would get squished and bones crushed. Not to mention the fatalities with the gruesome splits, decapitations and such.

    It wow’d me as much as the early MK’s did.

  • AedanClarke

    July 8, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Shut the fuck up.

  • z_thompson

    July 8, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Am I the only one who played on PC? I had MK2 and MK3 on PC, my mom bought us MK2 on accident. Back then we didn’t even know how to use MS-Dos, and we thought we had to re-install the game every single time, plus getting the sound to work properly was always a chore.

    Anyways, the PC version has buckets upon buckets of blood compared to the Sega and SNES version. I blew my mind how much the home console versions sucks compared to PC (as is normal I guess).

    The play mechanics sucked though if you tried to get 2 people on 1 keyboard. If you pushed too many buttons at once it would just freeze!

  • Aaron1375

    July 9, 2012 at 4:04 am

    I liked Mortal Kombat initially, but the only real thing it had going for it was the fatalities and that wore thin for me after the second one.

  • FrikiGamerNerd4

    July 9, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I remember hearing of a secret character that one friend told me it was called Hardie on ultimate Mk 3 and to unlock it you needed to finish the complete game in the 4 difficulties with all the fights finishing on a double flawless victory.
    But it was only fucking bullshit.

  • July 9, 2012 at 10:03 am


  • adamL

    July 9, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Ha! This was one of the first things I did with the Internet, too, this was like ten years before the word was even capitalized. 18 pages of codes from And I still couldn’t do the fatalities!

  • July 10, 2012 at 4:15 am

    the BLOCK button. now there’s a stupid gameplay idea. that ruined the game for me but i did enjoy watching others play because they weren’t my own quarters and the fatalities were fun to watch. i instead played street fighter 2 rainbow edition (hundreds of sonic booms in the air while teleporting and changing characters by pressing the start 1up button) when this was in the ‘cades.

  • July 10, 2012 at 6:21 am

    I was obsessed with Mortal Kombat as a child. I can honestly say I probably played over 3,000 rounds of MK.

    My greatest moment as a child came when I played a guy at the arcade. He had 25 tokens, I had one. He spent all 25, and never beat me once. I beat him with everyone, did every fatality and got my name at the number one spot. Man, what a moment.

    Now, a bit of self promotion. I wrote a book called The Man Movie Encyclopedia. I offer a humor based recap, then the Man Movie Tally, where I count each 1-liner, person beat up, person killed, boobies, swear words, explosions, slow motion scenes, car chases, foot chases, broken bones, if there’s a fight/shoot out at a motel, if the guy gets a girl, and if he smokes. I then offer up all the unknown and interesting facts, box-office business, and my final review.

    30 films I give the MME treatment. You can get it now at It has an average rating of 5 stars, with 4 glowing reviews. It’s only $3. You’ll absolutely love it, I promise, and you’ll support an independent.

  • Radelta

    July 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Sup Z_Thompson, yeah I dont think many people had the pc version. I got the pc version of Mk 2 after i already had it for snes. it blew my mind its so close to being just like the arcade machine. a lot of fun to play

  • Ben_from_G-town

    July 10, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Hey, Mortal Kombat is fine if you have the 6-button arcade pad! I’m not sure when that came out, though. Maybe it wasn’t around for the first MK.

    Oh man, I remember all those insane rumors. We thought there was a nude code, also. I can’t believe I believed that. πŸ˜€

    I never heard of any Hornbuckle character, but I heard that in the green sludge level (forget what it’s called) you could uppercut people and catch them on those hooks! That wasn’t true, either, of course. πŸ˜€

    I also recall hearing about the being able to play as Jade and Smoke, but I’m pretty sure a lot of the info of how to unlock them was wrong, and what I imagined had nothing to do with how you actually unlocked them, heh-heh.

  • Restless

    July 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    agreed with Devil_Rising,

    I enjoy these videos too. It reminds me of what I was like as a kid playing this game.

  • July 11, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Why didn’t you mention playing Pong after 250 rounds?

  • SirCzah

    July 12, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Ah man, I remember the first place I saw the MK1 arcade when it came out was at the movie theater (the Carmike 6 I think) and the theater lobby only had about 3 arcade machines. MK1 was tucked off in a corner and I would sneak off and stare in awe at the demo fights and character bios while my folks got popcorn and drinks. Thanks for bringing back the awesome memories James and Mike.

  • 3donkeys shooting diarrhea

    July 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    We really liked this video! Thanks James.

  • ptbibble25

    July 12, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I don’t remember this but my brother says when I was younger I used to play mk on the genesis with the controller upsidedown

  • Levors

    July 27, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Can review the game earthworm jim from snes ?

  • August 17, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I like the new mortal kombat on Xbox 360 but it’s does’t mean I dont like old mortal kombat because there still fun to play.

  • cedescal

    September 26, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Could he or his wife have pressed his fucking shirt?

  • Clyde LeRoux

    March 30, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I’d rather take a diarrhea dump

  • Atomos1293

    April 7, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Definitely a huge fan of MK, I’ve been playing it since I was literally 3 years old!!! My dad owned 1 and 2 on the Sega Genesis and that’s how I was introduced to the series. Then for my 4th birthday, I got a N64 with Mario 64 and MK Trilogy. I still remember getting the N64 very clearly and everytime I think N64- I think Mario64, Doom 64, MK Trilogy, the Banjo Kazooie games, Goldeneye and Perfect Dark. Though I’ve played MK Trilogy the most out of the older MK Games, I’d have to say MKII is still my favorite because of the level’s atmospheres, the perfect selection of characters and of course the Fatalities. MKII is probably the game I play the most out of the series, second being the new game. But I think II is the best MK game.

  • June 2, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Mako is right people liked it because of the finishers

  • James Wilder

    September 19, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    MY cousin had MK 1&2 on Super and it never felt as good as it did on the Genisis. I was a fucking fanatic Mortal Kombat nutcase but don’t take it from me. Watch the Mortal Kombat documentary on youtube. I think there are only 2 on there but Ed Boon or John Tobious or however the fuck you spell his name said it played better on the Sega system because that’s what they designed it to play on. I agree that SNES was probably the better system even though I spent a lot of time on the Sega but that mostly had to do with me playing the shit out of Mortal Kombat. The controller on the SNES was superior for mostly everything else as well but it just wasn’t the case with MK. Maybe it felt better better with 3 or 4 but no way Jose on the other two.

  • Jacob Martin

    September 30, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I’m not too big into MK anymore, because I think it’s too bloody for my tastes, and I think “Babalities” was a dumb Idea. But I’ll never forget how awesome MKII was and is. Scorpion will always be my favorite; I’d always pretend the Genesis controller was my “Get over here” attack, as I called it…

  • nammm3

    July 10, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Man, good times indeed. Mortal Kombat created ”arcade machismo”. Lol.

  • July 17, 2015 at 5:30 am

    MK1 was awesome..
    ABACABB i think it was? on Gens?

    but MK2 is where it was AT!

    actually had a local fighter scene during that era.
    Barrka, i think, being able to kill a baby in one of the earlier builds.

    Kung Lao having a different special move (think it was his spin)

    htf was the guy on fire in Pit 2??

    the entire neighborhood hanging at my house every morning/afternoon to play the game while i picked my fav characters and destroyed them all.

    good times.. le sigh.

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