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Censorship
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Mortal Kombat is an American fighting game that was made by Midway, and it was released in 1992. Due to a massive public outcry about violence in video games Nintendo and Sega censored the game. While Sega had a cheat code to remove most of the censorship Nintendo had no such cheat code.

This is one of the most notable examples of Nintendo's policies affecting violent video games such as Mortal Kombat. It also led to the creation of Sega's Videogame Rating Council for Genesis video games.

Censorship[]

International censorship[]

SNES[]

  • Any scene that shows blood was modified for the SNES In the SNES version the blood was reduced, and recolored a blackish grey.
  • Any scene that shows a fatality was modified for the SNES release. In the SNES version the fatalities' violent scenes were toned down.
  • In the SNES release the pit stage was modified. In the SNES version the spikes at the bottom of the pit stage no longer have any blood or corpses.
  • In the SNES release Fatalities were renamed to "Finishing Bonus".
  • In the SNES release the line "The assassination of Shang Tsung." it was changed to "The destruction of Shang Tsung."

Sega Genesis[]

  • In the Sega Genesis version the pit stage was modified. In the Sega Genesis version the spikes on the bottom of the pit stage no longer have any blood or corpses on them.

Sega Game Gear[]

  • In the Sega Game Gear version the pit stage was modified. In the Sega Game Gear version the spikes on the bottom of the pit stage no longer have any blood or corpses on them.

Game Boy[]

  • Any scene that shows a Fatality was modified for the Gameboy release. In the Gameboy version the violence of Fatalities was toned down.
  • Any scene that shows blood was modified for the Gameboy release. In the Gameboy versions the blood was digitally removed.
  • In the Game Boy release the pit stage was modified. In the Gameboy version the bottom of the stage was completely removed due to the spikes that were on of the bottom of the stage.
  • In the Game Boy release Fatalities were renamed to "Finishing Move".

Germany censorship[]

  • The game was banned due to high impact violence for 28 years.

Where to find it uncensored[]

Re-releases of the game have been completely uncensored, and the arcade version is completely uncensored.

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