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Mortal Kombat II

Mortal Kombat II

Developer Midway Games
Publisher Midway Games
Release date 1993
Genre Fighting
Modes Up to 2 players
Cabinet Standard
Arcade system Midway T Unit hardware
CPU: TMS34010 (@ 6.25 Mhz)
Sound CPU : ADSP2105 (@ 10 Mhz)
Sound Chips : DMA-driven (@ 10 Mhz)
Monitor Raster resolution 400 x 254 (Horizontal) Palette Colors 32768
Input 8-way joystick, Buttons: 5 (HP, LP, BLOCK, HK, LK)
Ports Arcade, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn, Sega 32X, Game Boy, Game Gear
Mortal Kombat II is the second game in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series.



New characters
Baraka: Tarkatan warlord.
Jax: A member of the Special Forces and a longtime comrade of Sonya Blade, who enters the tournament to rescue Sonya from Shao Khan.
Kintaro: Shokan warrior, general of Shao Kahn's army, and Goro's successor.
Kitana: Shao Kahn's personal assassin, and step-daughter.
Kung Lao: Shaolin monk and friend of Liu Kang, who seeks to avenge the destruction of the Shaolin Temple.
Mileena: Shao Kahn's personal assassin, and Kitana's clone.
Reptile: Shang Tsung's personal bodyguard.
Shao Kahn: the Emperor of Outworld.
Reptile appeared in the original Mortal Kombat, but this is the first game where he is playable and contains his own moveset.

MKII also contains three hidden unplayable characters. They are incredibly fast and very unbalanced.

Smoke: Sub-Zero's friend, emits puffs of smoke from his body.
Jade: Another Outworld assassin, who cannot be hit by projectiles.
Noob Saibot: Evil dark ninja, a lost warrior from a previous Mortal Kombat.

Returning characters
Johnny Cage- Hollywood movie star who joins Liu Kang in his journey to Outworld.
Liu Kang- The Shaolin monk who is the reigning champion of Mortal Kombat. Travels to Outworld to seek revenge for the death of his fellow monks.
Sub-Zero- The Ice Warrior returns to resume his mission from the previous tournament, and vows to complete his failed objective this time.
Scorpion- The Hell spawned spectre who returns to the tournament to once again assassinate Sub-Zero, the man who murdered him long ago...
Shang Tsung- The evil sorceror who has convinced Shao Khan to spare his life after losing the last tournament, with a new evil plan to appease his master Shao Khan, who in turn also restores Tsung's youth, making him more mobile and agile. Is also the man Sub-Zero has been sent in to kill.
Raiden- The Thunder God who returns to Mortal Kombat to stop Shao Khan's evil plans of taking the Earthrealm as for his own.
Sonya Blade and Kano also appear in Mortal Kombat II as background characters. They are seen chained to the pedistals that link to Shao Khan's throne in the "Khan's Arena" stage.


New to the series
As Midway's technology and experience improved, they increased the resolution of their characters and stages and improved the character designs. The series' story begins to flesh out in this game as well.
MKII's characters have multiple Fatalities and more special moves, and stage Fatalities have been added for the Pit II, the Kombat Tomb and the Dead Pool.
In addition to more Fatalities, MKII also introduces the Babality (turns your opponent into a diaper-clad infant) and Friendship (do something nice to your opponent rather than kill them) finishers.
Dropped the Test Your Might minigame.

Storyline
One or two years following his defeat, Shang Tsung begs his master, Shao Kahn, to spare his life. He tells Kahn that the invitation for Mortal Kombat cannot be turned down, and if they hold it in Outworld, the Earth Realm warriors must attend. Kahn agrees to this plan, and restores Tsung's youth. He extends the invitation to Raiden, who gathers his warriors and takes them into Outworld. The tournament is dangerous, as Shao Kahn has the home field advantage, and an Outworld victory will unbalance the furies and allow Outworld to subsume Earth Realm.

Mortal Kombat II follows Mortal Kombat and precedes Mortal Kombat Trilogy.


Trivia
Mortal Kombat II is considered the best game in the series.
After the low sales of the Super NES port of the first game against the Genesis one, Nintendo didn't censor the blood and fatalities as they did before in the Super NES port of Mortal Kombat II, altough they slapped a warning label in the front of the game box. As a result, the Super NES version sold much better than any other version and was considered at that time the best port of the arcade game.

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