Mortal Kombat:10 World Record Breaking Facts!

April 19th (US) and April 21st (UK) will mark the ninth iteration of the Mortal Kombat franchise being released and to celebrate this the  MCM Buzz decided to have a look at some of the world records this blood ridden franchise has, like one of Sub Zero’s frozen victims, smashed.

10) Ed Boon, Is not only the creator of Mortal Kombat (Nether Realm Studios, 1991) but he is also the longest running videogame voice actor having voiced the character of Scorpion in every version of the game since its release.

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9) The next record that the franchise is responsible for is an ominous one, as the game holds the record for the earliest game to trigger the set-up of a software ratings board. First established in 1994, The ESRB (Entertainment Software Ratings Board) was set up in direct response to the public outcry and pressure from the US Congress, all caused by Mortal Kombats release! So now the ESRB are responsible applying ratings to videogames without which we see a lot games just be censored or never released.

8 ) One of the early selling points of the game was its use of digitized sprites in a bid to an add another level of realism to the brutality of the game and in doing this the franchise holds the record for the earliest one-on-one fighting game to use digitized sprites.

7) Mortal Kombat has always suffered at the hands of the censors and so it seems fitting to have a world record because of them! That record was set back on April 22nd 2003 when the ASA (Advertising Standard Agency) in the UK took, what was considered then, the unprecedented step of condemning a poster of Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. The poster that featured an image of “hoodie” wiping his blood stained hand on a businessman above the words “It’s in us all”, was deemed irresponsible and to condone violence, so it was withdrawn. Thus in doing so it has earned the franchise the record for the earliest video game poster to be censored.

The Mortal Kombat Live Cast

6) This next record is in relation to release of the third iteration of the franchise, which holds the record for the largest promotional campaign for a fighting video game. This record was set back in 1995 when the aside from the usual pre-release promotion, the Mortal Kombat movie opened in two thousand screens, followed on August 18th by a direct-to-video animated special, which was then followed by a live-action tour on September 14th, an interactive CD-Rom on October 1st and then finally Mortal Kombat 3 was released on October 15th! Phew!

5) Now-a-days we take for granted online play when it covers to our favourite games but back in 2004 Mortal Kombat was the first game to offer us online playable 3D fighting. Mortal Kombat: Deception as a result holds the record for earliest 3D fighting game to offer online play.

4) The next record is tied directly to the success that the game/franchise has achieved outside the realms of gaming with Mortal Kombat holding the record for most successful video game spin-off soundtrack album. This record was set back in August 1995 when the Mortal Kombat movie soundtrack album went platinum within ten days of release.

3) Staying with the Mortal Kombat movie from 1995 and despite other attempts from games such as Tekken, no other movie based on a beat’em up has managed to gross more than the $122 million, thus allowing Mortal Kombat to still be the holder of the record for the highest grossing film based on a beat ‘ em up video game.

2) The penultimate Mortal Kombat world record is still as impressive now as it was back when it was first set back in the 1990’s. As despite being a very popular arcade game, it was not until Mortal Kombat made its debut on the home market that it really cemented its popularity and earned the record for earliest successful console fighting game, making $1 billion-a-year in the first two full years of it’s release.

1) So here we are at the top of the mountain and with the already mentioned ninth iteration of the franchise being released this is perhaps the most fitting record of this countdown, as Mortal Kombat is the proud holder of the record for the most numbered entries in a fighting game series. Although some may argue that the Streetfighter franchise has been running far longer than Mortal Kombat, and has more variations to buy, it has only ever reached the fourth change to its core gameplay (With Streetfighter IV in 2008).

Mortal Kombat 9 will be available to buy on Xbox 360 and PS3 on April 19th (US) and April 21st (UK)

For more video game related World Records then don’t forget to check out the latest edition of the Guinness World Records 2011 Gamer’s Edition, which is now available in both hardcopy and digital formats.

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