With the first Mortal Kombat webisode out and the release of the game only a week away, I can barely remember the last time I was this excited about the franchise. That's probably because the year was 1995 and I was only nine years old.
August 18, 1995 the Mortal Kombat movie was released. As a nine year old, it was nothing short of amazing and the soundtrack has one of the best techno songs ever made. Currently the Mortal Kombat movie has a 58 on Metacritic, which is actually quite good when you look at the track record of video game movies. Even watching the trailer now still puts a big smile on my face.
Mortal Kombat (1995) - Theatrical Trailer:
Two months later, Mortal Kombat 3 was released (for SNES, it was already out in arcade) and I had my mom pick it up at Best Buy the day it came out while I was at school. I'm not sure if there were midnight releases at stores back then, but I would have been there if I could have. Mortal Kombat 3 was the pinnacle of that series. They were releasing one game a year, MK in 1993, MK II in 1994, and MK3 in 1995 and each was better than the last. It was a little boy's gory dream come true.
Mortal Kombat 3 - TV Commercial:
Considering Mortal Kombat has a reputation of being one of the most violent franchises, I feel lucky to have been exposed to it at such a young age. The game was rated M by the ESRB, which thankfully meant nothing to my parents. The fact that I had to have an adult buy it for me must not have registered with them; I was nine, an adult had to buy everything for me. The movie was also only PG-13 which meant I got to go. The stars had aligned for my violent video game addiction to begin.
Flash forward to 2011, I'm now 25 and giddy like a nine year old boy for the new Mortal Kombat game. Not only that but there's a Mortal Kombat: Legacy webseries to enjoy. The game has come back to it's roots as a 2D fighter and is adding the most fun and ridiculous modes. With the addition of the Krypt and Challenge Tower, it's shaping up to be a solid single player game.
Mortal Kombat: Challenge Tower
The mysterious Mortal Kombat Trailer that was released in 2010 straight up gave me goose bumps. That trailer has become the Mortal Kombat: Legacy webseries. It seems to be a real world gritty take on the series exploring the roots of the franchise's popular characters, a la Batman Begins. Yes! A grown up version of the Mortal Kombat movie.
Mortal Kombat: Legacy: Ep 1
While the first episode wasn't nearly as good as the trailer, I'm still excited for more. The main complaint I have is that nothing happened. But that's besides the point, I'm just happy to see the new life that has been injected into this franchise, that a few years ago looked like it was going the way of Tony Hawk.
After seeing the first episode, Mortal Kombat: Legacy would almost definitely get an "R" rating as a movie or "TV-MA" on TV. That's why I'm super happy to see it as a webseries because nine year olds can get easy access to it where they otherwise couldn't. Not only that, it's being distributed by Machinima, who I've come to believe has at least 90% of their subscribers under the age of 15. It's time for a new generation to experience the glory of Mortal Kombat.
I'm not sure if the franchise has grown up with me, or I have yet to grow up, but damn I still love me some Mortal Kombat.