Mortal Kombat is a video game franchise originally developed and produced by Midway Games. The video games are a series of fighting games and several action-adventure games which debuted in North American arcades on October 8, 1992 with the release of Mortal Kombat, created by Ed Boon and John Tobias.[1] Mortal Kombat titles have been released on numerous different video game consoles, handheld game consoles, and personal computer platforms and is considered one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time with over 26 million games sold.[2] The games have appeared on every major video game console produced since its debut including every console created by Sony and Microsoft, every console produced by Sega since the Sega Genesis (as well as the Master System in Europe and South America), and every console produced by Nintendo, bar the Wii U, since the Super NES.

Since their release many of the video games have been re-released on multiple platforms or included as part of compilation packages. The characters have also made cameo appearances in several other games. The video game series includes 18 differently named games, eight of which are original fighting games, three of which action-adventure games, and seven others which are re-releases, upgrades and ports. Along with the video game series two feature films, an animated and live-action television series, two books, and several comic books have been produced for the franchise. The first feature film was considered a major success and grossed roughly $70 million in the United States, and an estimated $122 million worldwide.[3]

Video games

Main series

Title Details

Original release date:[1]
  • NA: October 8, 1992
Release years by system:
1992 – Arcade game[1]
1993 – Game Boy,[4] Game Gear,[5] Genesis,[6] Master System,[7] Super NES[8]
1994 – Amiga,[9] Personal Computer,[10] Sega CD[11]
2004 – Mobile phone,[12] PlayStation 2,[13] Xbox[13]
2006 – Personal computer[14]
Notes:



Original release date:[15]
Release years by system:
1993 – Arcade game[15]
1994 – Amiga,[16] Game Boy,[17] Personal Computer,[18] 32X,[19] Game Gear,[20] Genesis,[21] Master System,[22] Super NES[23]
1996 – PlayStation,[24] Sega Saturn[25]
2004 – Nintendo GameCube,[26] PlayStation 2,[26] Xbox[26]
2005 – PlayStation 2,[27] PlayStation Portable,[28] Xbox[27]
2006 – Personal computer[14]
2007 – PlayStation 3 (PlayStation Network)[29]
Notes:



Original release date:[30]
Release years by system:
1995 – Arcade game,[30] Game Boy,[31] PlayStation,[32] Genesis,[33] Super NES[34]
1996 – Personal computer,[35] Game Gear,[36] Master System[37]
2004 – Nintendo GameCube,[26] PlayStation 2,[26] Xbox[26]
2005 – PlayStation Portable[28]
2006 – Personal computer[14]
Notes:



Original release dates:[38]
  • NA: October 1, 1997
  • EU: December 1997
Release years by system:
1997 – Nintendo 64,[39] PlayStation[38]
Notes:



Original release date:[40]
Release years by system:
1997 – Arcade game[40]
1998 – Nintendo 64,[41] Personal Computer,[42] PlayStation[43]
1999 – Game Boy Color[44]
Notes:
  • Last released Mortal Kombat arcade game



Original release dates:[45]
  • NA: July 30, 2000
  • EU: September 29, 2000
Release years by system:
2000 – PlayStation[45]
Notes:



Original release dates:[46]
  • NA: November 20, 2002
  • EU: February 14, 2003
Release years by system:
2002 – Game Boy Advance,[47] Nintendo GameCube,[46] PlayStation 2,[48] Xbox[49]
Notes:
  • A second Game Boy Advance port titled Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition was released starting on August 25, 2003.



Original release date:[50]
  • NA: October 4, 2004
  • EU: November 19, 2004
Release years by system:
2004 – PlayStation 2,[51] Xbox[50]
2005 – Nintendo GameCube
Notes:
  • Renamed as Mortal Kombat: Mystification in France due to translation issues.[52]
  • The game was released with two limited editions, one for each system. The PlayStation 2 version was released with a "Premium Edition" and the Xbox version was released with a "Kollector's Edition". Each limited edition contained the original Mortal Kombat game among other limited items.[53]



Original release dates:[54]
  • NA: September 16, 2005
  • EU: September 30, 2005
Release years by system:
2005 – PlayStation 2,[55] Xbox[54]
Notes:



Original release dates:[56]
  • NA: October 9, 2006
  • AU: October 26, 2006
  • EU: October 27, 2006
Release years by system:
2006 – PlayStation 2,[56] Xbox[57]
2007 – Wii[58]
Notes:
  • The PlayStation 2 version of the game had a limited "Premium Edition" with four unique box fronts, a playable version of the original Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, and several other extras.[59]



Original release dates:[60]
  • NA: November 10, 2008
  • EU: November 21, 2008
  • AU: November 21, 2008
Release years by system:
2008 – PlayStation 3,[61] Xbox 360[61]
Notes:



Original release date:[62]
  • NA: April 19, 2011
Release years by system:
2011 – PlayStation 3,[63] Xbox 360[63] 2012 – PlayStation Vita
2013 – Personal Computer
Notes:
  • First game in the Mortal Kombat series to not be developed and produced by Midway Games.
  • Developed by NetherRealm Studios, formerly known as Midway Studios - Chicago.



Original release date:[64]
  • NA: April 14, 2015
Release years by system:
2015 – Personal computer, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS, Android[64]
Notes:



Original release date:[65]
  • NA: April 23, 2019
Release years by system:
2019 – Personal computer, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch[65]
Notes:


Updated versions

Title Details

Original release date:[66]
Release years by system:
1995 – Arcade game[66]
1996 – Super NES,[67] Genesis,[68] Sega Saturn[69]
2006 – Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Arcade)[70]
Notes:
  • Upgraded version of Mortal Kombat 3.



Original release date:[71]
Release years by system:
1996 – Nintendo 64,[71] PlayStation[72]
1997 – Personal computer,[73] Sega Saturn[74]
1998 – Game.com[75]
Notes:
  • Second upgraded version of Mortal Kombat 3.



Original release date:[76]
  • NA: August 31, 1999
Release years by system:
1999 – Dreamcast[76]
Notes:
  • Upgraded version of Mortal Kombat 4.[77]



Original release dates:[78]
  • NA: December 12, 2001
  • EU: March 1, 2002
Release years by system:
2001 – Game Boy Advance[78]
Notes:
  • Mortal Kombat Advance is the Game Boy Advance version of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3



Original release dates:[79]
  • EU: August 25, 2003
  • NA: August 27, 2003
Release years by system:
2003 – Game Boy Advance[79]
Notes:
  • Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition is the second GBA version of Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance.



Original release dates:[80]
  • AU: November 9, 2006
  • NA: November 15, 2006
  • EU: November 24, 2006
Release years by system:
2006 – PlayStation Portable[80]
Notes:
  • Mortal Kombat: Unchained is the PSP version of Mortal Kombat: Deception.



Original release dates:[81]
  • NA: November 12, 2007
  • EU: December 7, 2007
  • AU: December 13, 2007
Release years by system:
2007 – Nintendo DS[81]
Notes:
  • Ultimate Mortal Kombat is a re-release of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 on the Nintendo DS with additional features.[82]



Original release date:
  • NA: August 31, 2011
Release years by system:
2011 – PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
Notes:
  • The 2011 Mortal Kombat game, includes all DLC and unlockables.[2]



Original release dates:
  • NA: March 1, 2016
  • EU: March 4, 2016
Release years by system:
2016 – PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
Notes:
  • Includes all DLC released for Mortal Kombat X.



Original release dates:
  • NA: November 17, 2020
Release years by system:
2020 – PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Notes:
  • Includes all DLC released for Mortal Kombat 11 with the free upgrade for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X


Compilations and bundles

Title Details
Mortal Kombat & Mortal Kombat II

Original release date:[83]
  • NA: September 10, 1998
Release years by system:
1998 – Game Boy,[84] Personal computer[83]
Notes:


Mortal Kombat Kollection

Original release date:[2]
  • NA: September 30, 2008
Release years by system:
2008 – PlayStation 2[2]
Notes:



Original release date:
  • NA: August 31, 2011
  • EU: August 31, 2011
  • AU: August 31, 2011
Release years by system:
2011 – PlayStation 3 (PlayStation Network), Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Arcade)
2012 – Microsoft Windows
Notes:
  • A compilation of Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat II, and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (1995) with online play.


Films and television

Title Details

1995 – Animated film
Notes:



1995 – Live action film
Notes:



1996 – Animated series
Notes:
  • Also known as Mortal Kombat: The Animated Series.
  • Animated TV series based on the video game series.
  • 13 total episodes shown from September to December 1996.
  • Produced by Threshold Entertainment.



1997 – Live action film
Notes:
  • Second feature film based on the video game series.
  • Directed by John R. Leonetti.



1998 – Live action TV series
Notes:



2011 – Live action web series
Notes:



2020 – Animated film
Notes:



2021 – Live action film
Notes:
  • Upcoming feature film directed by Simon McQuoid.


Printed media

Novels

Title Release date Author Publisher Pages ISBN
Mortal Kombat 1995 Kevin Droney, Martin Delrio Tor Books 216 ISBN 0-8125-4452-8
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation 1998 Jerome Preisler Torkids 95 ISBN 0-7806-2205-7

Comics

Issues Title Release date Publisher
1 Mortal Kombat Collector's Edition 1992 Midway
1 Mortal Kombat II Collector's Edition 1993 Midway
6 Mortal Kombat: Blood & Thunder 1994 Malibu Comics
Notes:
  1. A Slow Boat to China
  2. Test Your Might
  3. The Art of War
  4. Kombat Zones
  5. Tao
  6. Mortal Mayhem
3 Mortal Kombat: Goro, Prince of Pain 1994 Malibu Comics
Notes:
  1. Stranger in a Strange Land
  2. Down and Out in Outworld
  3. Armed and Dangerous
1 Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition 1994 Malibu Comics
Notes:
  1. With Friends Like These...
6 Mortal Kombat: Battlewave 1995 Malibu Comics
Notes:
  1. Where The Wild Things Are!
  2. A Fighting Chance
  3. No Guts, No Glory
  4. Days Of Thunder, Nights Of Pain
  5. The Killing Fields and The Gift
  6. Death Moves and Every Dog Has Its Day
2 Mortal Kombat: U.S. Special Forces 1995 Malibu Comics
Notes:
  1. Secret Treasures & Kano in 'Break Out'
  2. Secret Treasures Part 2
3 Mortal Kombat: Rayden and Kano 1995 Malibu Comics
Notes:
  1. Eye of the Storm
  2. The Evil That Men Do
  3. When Part the Heavens...
1 Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition II 1995 Malibu Comics
Notes:
  1. A Cold Day in Hell
1 Mortal Kombat: Baraka 1995 Malibu Comics
Notes:
  1. Babality
1 Mortal Kombat: Kung Lao 1995 Malibu Comics
Notes:
  1. Rising Son
1 Mortal Kombat: Kitana and Mileena 1995 Malibu Comics
Notes:
  1. Sister Act
1 Mortal Kombat 4 Limited Edition 1997 Midway
1 Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe: Beginnings 2008 DC Comics
36 Mortal Kombat X: Blood Ties

(Along with Blood Gods and Blood Island

2015 DC Comics

Music

Title Release date Length Label
Mortal Kombat II: Music from the Arcade Game Soundtrack 1993 38:44 Midway
Mortal Kombat: The Album May 31, 1994 38:27 Virgin Records
Mortal Kombat: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack August 15, 1995 68:28 TVT Records
Mortal Kombat: Original Motion Picture Score October 11, 1995 42:01 Rykodisc
Mortal Kombat: More Kombat November 5, 1996 67:10 TVT Records
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack October 28, 1997 79:11 TVT Records
Mortal Kombat Musik: MK3 & MK4 Arcade Video Game Soundtrack 1997 66:52 Midway
Mortal Kombat: Songs Inspired by the Warriors April 5, 2011 55:25 Watertower Music

Collectible card games

Title Details

1995 – Collectible card game
Notes:



2005 – Collectible card game
Notes:
  • Collectible card game released by Score Entertainment featuring Mortal Kombat and other fighting game franchises.


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