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|Mortal Kombat ♃|
|Platform(s)||PC, SNES, GBA, DS, Genesis|
|Genre(s)||2D Fighting Game|
| Single Player|
Two Player Versus
Mortal Kombat ♃ is a 2D fighter set in the Mortal Kombat universe, and produced by Lunatic Entertainment. It follows an alternate side story and features numerous new characters, including a new primary antagonist, Ulthrax.
The game was originally set to begin development in 1994, but was hit with a multitude of delays, placing the game into Development Hell. It was officially put on hiatus in 1997 with the release of the official Mortal Kombat 4. In recent years, however, Lunatic Entertainment has looked back upon the game and development on it is once again under consideration.
Notably, the game returns the series to its 2D roots, as well as the original gimmicky fatalities, stating that the more modern fatalities "lack any sort of originality or appeal". A new fatality type also appears in this game, known as Hatelities. Each character can perform their hatelity on one other character (in some special cases, more than one). These finishing moves are similar to Brutalities but are extremely violent and end in the victim's demise.
The game has encountered flak in the past, due to the controversial character, Gayboat Donutdiaper. As the game tries to adhere to the old "ninja palette swaps" idea of earlier MK games, it has a ninja for every color for both genders—this leaves a male ninja in bright pink, which Lunatic Entertainment made a flamboyantly homosexual character. Numerous organizations tried to get either just the character or even the entire game itself canceled due to the belief that the character was defaming the gay community.
In response to these outraged individuals, president and CEO of Lunatic Entertainment, Thor Steinbach, simply replied with, "Too bad, so sad" and "Quit being such sensitive little babies." Despite this, the character was converted into a hidden character; however, the code was notoriously easy to input without any effort needed whatsoever towards pushing the buttons and unlocking the character for kombat. When asked for a comment on why he did it this way, Thor replied that he considered political correctness in any fashion to be just as racist or bigoted as the other direction, and that simply accepting things as they are and treating everyone as equal by way of being OK with joking about anybody was the better way to go, as long as you were obviously not being malicious in your intent. Gayboat had been intended as a lighthearted character and Lunatic Entertainment never even considered removing him just because a few people were hurt by its existence—if they didn't like it they didn't have to play the game. Thor Steinbach also mentioned that Gayboat had some "pretty badass fatalities, so if anything, he stands up for the gay community by being flamboyant but also being able to easily kick your ass, all the while wearing pink."
Although the original game concept consisted of all characters up to and including Mortal Kombat II, the most recently released game in the franchise, as well as the many new characters and even rumor characters of the series that existed at that point, the length the game has spent in Development Hell has uniquely led to it include all characters who eventually appeared in the series. With this in mind however, any character released after Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 exist as DLC only. However, this DLC is planned to be included in the later-released Game of the Year edition.
- Jax Briggs
- Johnny Cage
- Kung Lao
- Kurtis Stryker
- Liu Kang
- Noob Saibot
- Shang Tsung
- Shao Kahn
- Smoke (Cyberninja)
- Sonya Blade
- Bo' Rai Cho
- Hsu Hao
- Li Mei
- Nimbus Terrafaux
- Quan Chi
- Red Robin