Mortal Kombat (Arcade) James & Mike Mondays

Mike Matei / November 2nd, 2015

This week we play the original Mortal Kombat arcade game!


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  • November 2, 2015 at 1:22 am

    That went by so fast

    • chris jackso

      November 2, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      I THOUGHT OF A Great idea for a new ‘You know whats Bullshit’ episode. you know those little fuzzy things that come off plants and stick to your clothes like velcro? they are bullshit.

      • ToadRoad

        November 2, 2015 at 8:51 pm

        That’s the adaptation of the plant to cling to passing animals to spread their seed. Plants produce oxygen. Oxygen is necessary for the sustenance of human life.

  • Nawbro22

    November 2, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Great game and review I remember playing this in the arcade waiting in lines of 10 ppl just to get beat by some 30 year old, also remember ppl putting there coins on the arcade mashing witch ment they got next game but me as a kid diddnt relize that and would just take there coins and play something else lmfao. Funny memories and thanks for the videos please don’t stop

  • Don Skiver

    November 2, 2015 at 1:31 am

    Such a nostalgia trip for this game. There used to be a comic book store that had a mortal kombat arcade cabinet and I used to play it there all the time.

    Never beat the arcade game back then, but I did make it to Goro and got my ass kicked until I ran out of money.

  • November 2, 2015 at 1:44 am

    I hope all the stuff you do keeps going James. I enjoy all of it. Monster Madness, AVGN, Board James, James and Mike Mondays. Keep it up!! Huge fan, been watching for years.

    • Moose Of Woe

      November 2, 2015 at 3:42 pm


      It’s always particularly nice to taste the sweat dripping in to your Mondays.

  • chris jackso

    November 2, 2015 at 1:50 am

    i dont know if i prefer the longer ones that arent as good or the shorter ones that are better. idk, thats why we need long and short versions of each video. MORE CINEMASSACRE. you guys rock. toasty

  • Massquwatt

    November 2, 2015 at 1:53 am

    Fantastic game.

  • Radelta

    November 2, 2015 at 2:04 am

    You guys should play more fighting games. They arent the most popular but I find them so fun once you get good at them and have an opponent on par with you to play with.

  • November 2, 2015 at 2:06 am

    I never knew a UFO will fly across the moon at the pit stage i finally heard about it this year.

  • Radelta

    November 2, 2015 at 2:06 am

    Play with a stick man!

  • November 2, 2015 at 3:43 am

    Now THIS is a surprise! Although I think you should invest in a couple of arcade sticks/controllers if you’re going to play these types of games in the long run (eBay’s your friend, or you can custom-build one). I never did like the X-shaped control scheme in the arcade game, but then, I grew up playing the Amiga and PC versions where I only had 2 buttons (4 on the PC).

  • The Wicker Man

    November 2, 2015 at 4:41 am

    I remember walking into an independent video game store way back in ’92 where they had the arcade machine in there and I was blown away by what I was seeing. After saving up my money for a long time I finally went back to that same store and handed over my Β£49.99 ($77.26 based on current exchange rates) to buy the Mega Drive/Genesis version. Not only should the guy have refused me service because I was only 11 years old (in the UK they had to store the game out of sight under the counter/out the back to avoid kids picking it up at one point in time), but as he put the game in a bag he paused, leaned forward and whispered, ‘Do you want the blood code?’, after furiously nodding my head with glee he wrote down the immortal letters ABACABB on a piece of paper and slipped it into the bag. I’ve still got the original game with the store price stickers on it and the piece of paper tucked inside (and it also came with a free Mortal Kombat T-Shirt!).
    My friends who owned Super Nintendos were less than thrilled that their versions were censored, so once again it was a case of “Genesis does what Nintendon’t” and it chalked one up for the Genesis in the console wars. πŸ˜‰

  • November 2, 2015 at 5:43 am

    true that this game was absolutely iconic when it came out and im glad to see i wasn’t the only one that thought sonya was hot lol you gotta appreciate the sound track of this game just that alone takes me back i started playing this when i was 5 on sega genesis scorpion was the only one i actually remember pulling of the fatalities but when it came to actually kicking ass the most i would always pick sub-zero and sonya sub zero cuz he could always freeze which game me a better advantage because you could always generate awesome combos and sonya because she had that wiked leg grab people never could seem to get away from lol good times and just a suggestion if you guys get around to it road rash for the sega genesis one of my all time favorites i really wish they would bring back that franchise just the fact that you could race on motorcycles and beat the shit out of each other made that game an absolute masterpiece great video you guys

  • Psychojaws

    November 2, 2015 at 6:43 am

    I was wondering, will you guys be doing a Monster Mania or Chiller Theater convention in the near future? I missed the last one.

  • Vulture Lives

    November 2, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Mortal Kombat inspired by Enter the Dragon? I don’t disagree, but I was surprised that you didn’t mention the more obvious influence; the Jean-Claude Van Damme movie, Bloodsport. Aside from borrowing the idea of a bloody, brutal, possibly life ending martial arts tournament, Johnny Cage was designed after Van Damme’s character in Bloodsport. Cage has the same wardrobe as Van Damme’s character, and Cage’s maneuver in which he does a split before punching his opponent in the nuts is directly lifted from Bloodsport. In fact, I think that Mortal Kombat started out as a Jean-Claude Van Damme/Bloodsport video game, but the project fell through and it became what we have now.

    • NashKnight

      November 2, 2015 at 9:08 am

      There are several movies that inspired MK, one of the biggest inspiration (aside from the two mentioned) was “Big trouble in Little China”. It’s what got us Raiden, spell-like moves, monstrous characters and the end boss in a form of a wrinkly old sorcerer.

  • NashKnight

    November 2, 2015 at 9:09 am

    I got bored from playing MK X in a couple of days, and I still play a round or two of MK 1-3 once in a while.

  • RandyPan

    November 2, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Interesting bit of trivia: Sonya is based on martial arts star Cynthia Rothrock.

  • JayRam

    November 2, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Think I was spending the night at a friend’s house, and he showed me MORTAL KOMBAT on Genesis. At the time, having played kid-friendly games like Super Mario Bros, this game blew my mind. I couldn’t believe the amount of gore that was allowed.

  • Fangy

    November 2, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Growing up my best friend had a Sega Genesis, and I had a Super Nintendo. We actually did this on purpose, he would buy the Sega consoles, I’d buy the Nintendo ones so we’d have the best of both worlds. And no lie, as though it was taken right from Billy Madison, our two favorite games were Mortal Kombat on the Sega Genesis and Donkey Kong Country on the SNES.

    Using the 3-button controller was a nightmare for me. Especially on the “Test Your Might” stages. I’d run my thumb over the A, B, and C buttons so fast and for so long that I wore a HUGE blister over the entirety of my thumb. I think I was 13 or 14 at the time. I will never forget those memories. Great video, guys!

    • JayRam

      November 2, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      In my experience, any fighting game for the Genesis was infinitely better for Super Nintendo, simply because of the controller layout. How anybody could execute any moves using just 3 buttons, I’ll never know.

      Sure, as a kid, I could’ve asked for the 6-button controller–but when you’re that young, when your parents are buying you games for birthdays and Christmas, all you want is to build your library with more games.

  • Wayne

    November 2, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Here is a great video that shows the actors and talks about the design, and it also has Mortal Kombat actress Elizabeth Malecki (Sonya) play against and Mortal Kombat actor Daniel Pesina (Johnny Cage):

  • Jeff Parson

    November 2, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I always remember mortal kombat 3 the most. I thought it had the best collection of fighters!

  • urnapple

    November 2, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Week 23 of 52: I would like to request β€˜Archon’

    It would make a great video πŸ™‚

    • ToadRoad

      November 2, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      Looks just like Battle Chess.

      • urnapple

        November 3, 2015 at 1:55 am

        Much better. The battles take place in an arena and the characters (pieces) are much more interesting. It’s a hell of a time to play with a friend

  • Eelco

    November 2, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    I played this game at a friend of mine and a few years later I owned Mortal Kombat 2 for the Sega Megadrive. The game was pretty cool, but I was really more of a fan of Street Fighter.
    Mainly because I always had the feeling that you just had better control over your character in that game.
    That said, Sonja Blade was pretty hot, but looking back at the pretty good Mortal Kombat movie…Talisa Soto (also a Bond-girl in License to Kill) as Kitana…wow πŸ™‚
    And what about Cammy in Street Fighter (also played by Kylie Minoque in the very terrible movie Street Fighter)?!

  • juggernautakira

    November 2, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    I was excellent at this and Mortal Kombat 2. But what is most fascinating is James talking about going to play and finding one asshole that played all day, beating everyone else. In my case, it was an older man, who of course, had a shit ton more quarters than any young teen. I believe James mentioned this in a previous video. And yes MK > SF just for the adult material.

  • ToadRoad

    November 2, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    I like all these videos, but BY FAR my favorites are the ones with games I could’ve plausibly played as a kid, not some 2014 homebrew or the Uzbekistan version of Contra. I was a sega kid, so TJ+E, Zombies Ate, and This were some of the ones I liked most. Right when Mike brought MK2 up, I said “Mortal Kombat 2 was huge when it came out” and then James echoed that sentiment exactly.

  • Nicholas Demos

    November 3, 2015 at 6:18 am

    I was one of those kids who were “masters” at MK back in the day.
    I remember most of the time leaving because I got bored, not because I lost.
    Anyway, don’t you feel like there’s something “special”. Very gratifying with the roundhouse kicks on this game? They never felt the same in any of the sequels. There’s like a nice “splash” sound whenever you kick the shit out of your opponent.
    That alone makes me prefer this game over the others. (even though gameplay wise it’s obviously way behind)
    BTW, I love you guys but you really suck at this. πŸ™‚ leave it to us, the “masters”.

  • PPerfect_CJ

    November 3, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Part 2 is one of my favorite games of all time. My friends and I used to spend sooo much time playing it.

  • November 3, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Watching videos on is akin to hell. What a lousy player πŸ™ Very frustrating

    • ToadRoad

      November 3, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      Not a great analogy. You are sent to hell with no choice in the matter. Coming to this web site and watching the videos is something you choose to do of your free will.

      • November 10, 2015 at 7:49 pm

        Not when you enjoy the material and can’t get it anywhere else……dudes right the streaming is crap but the content makes it worth it.

  • horrorshow

    November 5, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Guys, have you ever thought about both playing through double dragon 3 to see how far you can get. That would be a good video.

  • nintendosegaguy

    November 8, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Hi, I’m new and I recently found your show on youtube. great game in the arcade. Cadash on genesis is a really fun 2 player game. Also super Mario wii is awesome. Thanks for your show.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    November 9, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Cool video. I’m surprised you guys didn’t talk about the mythical “nude code”. πŸ˜€ I actually believed there was one back then, hahaha.

    Mike didn’t know they had actors playing the characters that were digitized into the game? Really?

  • ZomboCombo

    November 10, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Ahaha The Hokey Pokey at the roller rink. We did that here too. I didn’t know it was such a common phenomenon.

    What I remember is hiding in “Beer Tap” while my friend was talking to girls, and me refusing to go over and join them. Good times.

  • November 10, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    I gotta correct ya. Mortal Kombat was inspired by Bloodsport not Enter the Dragon. Jonny Cage is basically complete modeled after Jean-Claude Van Damme’s character which is why he has the split ball punch move

  • Peron

    November 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    PLEASE James, the Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns and the Bruce Lee movies NEED REVIEWS

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