Mortal Kombat (SEGA Genesis)

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The home ports of Mortal Kombat came out during the First US Console War between Sega and Nintendo. The blood effects from the Arcade game were disabled per default on both the Super Nintendo and the Genesis, but the widely known Genesis cheat code ABACABB re-enabled them, a code possibly inspired by the 1981 Genesis album 'Abacab'? The Super Nintendo had no such code, making it the 'tame' version of Mortal Kombat. Of course, the Amiga version that I played as a 17-year old, always had blood. No code required, no censorship on the Amiga.
The Genesis version has very good music by Matt Furniss and Shaun Hollingworth. Furniss was well-known for making really great and fun Amiga game music.

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Image source: segaretro.org

Passwords / Cheat Codes

  • Blood Code: During first bootup (not after reset), there is a screen of text with the word 'CODE'. Press ABACABB here, and the text will turn red and Ed Boon says: 'GET OVER HERE'.

Log entries

    2014-05-14
  • Just received a *bunch* of games from eBay. The Mortal Kombat title music sounds pretty awesome.
  • I did Scorpion's fatality! And it wasn't even hard.
  • 2014-05-16
  • Completed the game with Scorpion on Easy (1/4) difficulty. This wasn't as hard as I expected, even Goro and Shang Tsung seemed to fall for my primitive spear, uppercut, jump kick 'strategy'. I feel bad for Scorpion, being murdered by Sub-Zero and never being able to see his family again. Poor hell-ninja.
  • 2014-05-18
  • Jeppe N and I played with all the characters. MK1 seems a bit stupid compared to later greater MK games.
  • 2023-09-10
  • Completed the game with Scorpion on Very Easy (1/5) difficulty (MiSTer).
  • Completed the game with Sub-Zero on Very Easy (1/5) difficulty (MiSTer).
  • Completed the game with Johnny Cage on Very Easy (1/5) difficulty (MiSTer).
  • 2023-09-11
  • Completed the game with Liu Kang on Very Easy (1/5) difficulty (MiSTer).
  • Completed the game with Kano on Very Easy (1/5) difficulty (MiSTer).
  • Completed the game with Sonya on Very Easy (1/5) difficulty (MiSTer).
  • Completed the game with Raiden on Very Easy (1/5) difficulty (MiSTer).

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