Mortal Kombat remains to this day one of my all time favorite VideoGame franchises. How did it get to be? This is my Mortal Kombat Story!
Back in the early 90s, the original 8-Bit Nintendo Entertainment system had an extended stay in our home, by that I mean the Super NES and Genesis were well into their console lifespan before I had a chance to upgrade to one of them. My mom had sworn off getting me any more video games as I had tons of NES games and lost a few due to letting friends borrow them and never returning them.
Fast forward to Christmas of 1993, my uncle gifted me a Sega Genesis and even though it was a badly kept secret, I was still surprised as hell to receive one, alongside the classic board game ‘Omega Virus’. With the system I received, Sonic 2, and Mortal Kombat 1. Little did I know what I was in for.
I remember playing Mortal Kombat with my friends, I had fun but I really didn’t think it was anything special. By fighting game standards, it was okay. That is until I somehow ended up learning about the blood code (ABACABB). Possibly from Game Informer. This simple code completely changed the game for us as kids. Now the characters let blood fly when getting hit, heads would roll, spines would be ripped out, and so on. It went from an okay game to our most played. There were countless days spent in front of the TV with the winner stays on rule.
Mortal Kombat was mysterious. At times a green ninja would appear on screen offering a c(k)ryptic message that we really didn’t understand. Finding Reptile would become an obsession, to the point of my brother disguising his voice and fooling me into doing whatever it was that he made up in hopes of battling him. Bottom of the Pit, Look to La Luna, were some of the messages that would appear randomly before fights.
Eventually, I learned of another code that allowed you to changes tons of different settings to make fighting Reptile possible. That code would be ‘DULLARD’ on the title screen. Unlocking him would require a certain object to fly across the moon, details remain fuzzy but I believe pulling off two perfect victories was required as well. I won’t lie and say actually unlocking him was memorable but the journey remains a fond memory. We had some time on our hands, we even would change the televisions tint setting to make Sub-Zero turn green.