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Was Mortal Kombat ever popular in Japan?

Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:57 am
by xorthen
Just wondering since it was a US game if it was ever popular or sold well in the Japanese market.

Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:18 am
by Gaijin Punch
Not really. It was one of those "so bad it's good" type of deals. But, there were ports and whatnot, so you could consider it a cult game of sorts.

Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:55 am
by sven666
what about killer instinct?

KI1 and MK2 are proboably two of my alltime fighter faves.. great games and well balanced for VS play in my very amateuristic opinion..

Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:36 am
by CIT Seven Force
In the booklet for the INH Raiden DVD one of the Raiden champs says he prefers playing with a Mortal Kombat lever, by which he means an American ("dildo"-type) stick. These sticks are called Mortal Kombat level because apparently Midway exported MK woodies to Japan, so that's how people got to know them. The booklet mentions that for whatever reason the Tokyo Disneyland arcade had all its machines imported from the US, so Japanese arcade otaku used to go there to play Western games, or to check out different versions and Western cabs.

Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:28 pm
by Gaijin Punch
That seems like a horribly inefficient system. Especially since Disney, believe it or not, is not synonymous with America... so to speak.

Posted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:13 am
by Shou
sven666 wrote:what about killer instinct?

KI1 and MK2 are proboably two of my alltime fighter faves.. great games and well balanced for VS play in my very amateuristic opinion..


Taito had an early deal with Midway and they released NBA Jam and MK1, neither did well. MK2 didn't make it past location test. The console MK ports were censored with green blood in Japan and generally laughed at. There was a niche popularity resurgence over the last few years with gamers who play Western stuff but they obviously are playing for the stupidty factor and not the system. There was an embarassingly bad tourney held in Roppongi a few years back by Arcadia where they invited a blind boy from the US who apparently was good at MK Deadly Alliance (I believe) and pitted him against champs of various fighters (Chibita, KSK, etc) in MK:DA. This was actually televised and advertised this as a blind American boy owns Japanese champions (who've never played the game in their lives). Search Youtube and you can find it.


KI has never been released in Japan (any format, any installment). Suffice to say, it's not popular at all.

Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 12:50 am
by EOJ
sven666 wrote:
KI1 and MK2 are proboably two of my alltime fighter faves.. great games and well balanced for VS play in my very amateuristic opinion..


Right on. I still think Mortal Kombat 2 is the best fighting game ever made. I still play it on my PS3 from time to time (it's actually the only game I play on my PS3). I used to love KI in the arcades way back in the day, but I don't see myself playing it again unless Rare ports it to XBLA or something.

Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 4:31 pm
by Macaw
The Mortal Kombat series rocks the casbah, 2 and 3 in particular simultaneous have both an amazing dark atmosphere and of course the hilarious humor. I am also one of the people that think they are great just as competitive fighting games 2, especially UMK3.

The 3d titles of the past decade obviously aren't as memorable as the first 3 games, but I still played them because I love the characters and the world of MK and will play pretty much anything with the license attached to it haha.

The newest game in the series is looking incredibly awesome though, amazing artistic direction with just so much attention to detail, and of course the return to 2d mechanics.

Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:19 pm
by Greatsaintlouis
I always saw the Mortal Kombat titles as evidence that America could replicate the kusoge genre with a domestic twist.

Posted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:08 am
by Macaw
New show with Joshf: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOni3kaw ... r_embedded

I love the cock cam at 1:23

Posted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:54 pm
by JoshF
Haha that would be hilarious if it was him.

The new Mortal Kombat is going to be better than Street Fighter 4. MARK MY WORDS.

Posted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:02 pm
by undamned
JoshF wrote:The new Mortal Kombat is going to be better than Street Fighter 4. MARK MY WORDS.

I would not be upset in any way if this became true.
-ud

Posted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:53 am
by CIT Seven Force
EOJ wrote:Mortal Kombat 2 is the best fighting game ever made


I'm preheating the stake as we speak.

Posted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 8:08 pm
by Limbrooke
Shou wrote:
sven666 wrote:what about killer instinct?

KI1 and MK2 are proboably two of my alltime fighter faves.. great games and well balanced for VS play in my very amateuristic opinion..


Taito had an early deal with Midway and they released NBA Jam and MK1, neither did well. MK2 didn't make it past location test. The console MK ports were censored with green blood in Japan and generally laughed at. There was a niche popularity resurgence over the last few years with gamers who play Western stuff but they obviously are playing for the stupidty factor and not the system. There was an embarassingly bad tourney held in Roppongi a few years back by Arcadia where they invited a blind boy from the US who apparently was good at MK Deadly Alliance (I believe) and pitted him against champs of various fighters (Chibita, KSK, etc) in MK:DA. This was actually televised and advertised this as a blind American boy owns Japanese champions (who've never played the game in their lives). Search Youtube and you can find it.


KI has never been released in Japan (any format, any installment). Suffice to say, it's not popular at all.


Yeah, the full version isn't on youtube and I had a hell of a time finding this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qQm-qUruAY

I would like to see the full version although that seems to be a job for a time machine at this point.