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Mortal Kombat II (SNES)

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Mortal Kombat II

Also known as: Mortal Kombat II: Kyuukyoku Shinken (JP)
Developer: Sculptured Software
Publisher: Acclaim
Platform: SNES
Released in JP: November 11, 1994
Released in US: September 9, 1994
Released in EU: October 1994

RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article

After the massive controversy about MK1's neutering at the hands of Nintendo's content guidelines, the go-ahead was given for more violent games to appear on Nintendo platforms. As such, the MK2 port was practically arcade-perfect, except you didn't have to shove coins into your cartridge slot every ten seconds when fighting the ever-cheap bosses.

Regional Differences

The Japanese version of MK2 is unique in that it features censorship. Blood is recolored green, and the game palette fades into grey-scale when a Fatality begins. It's not known whether this was done to appease Nintendo of Japan, or the Japanese ratings board CERO.