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  • Mortal Kombat


    Source: VideoGames & Computer Entertainment – June 1993

    There isn’t really a whole lot that can be said about Mortal Kombat that hasn’t already been said a million times. It was originally released in the arcades in 1992 and the ports to home consoles were some of the most eagerly anticipated that there have ever been. The ad above is from the June 1993 issue of VideoGames & Computer Entertainment and teases the upcoming home releases.

    Super NES

    Initially, ports for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis were released. While the Super Nintendo version was graphically better, the Genesis version was more true to the arcade in terms of gameplay and was not censored to the degree that the SNES version was. Blood was included and the original fatalaties were unlockable. A Sega CD version was released that included all the gore from the arcade version out of the box and was given an MA-17 rating. However, the Sega CD version wasn’t much of an improvement over the Genesis version and it had long load times as well. There were also ports for the Game Boy and Game Gear. As you can imagine, the Game Boy version was…not that great. Apparently even an NES ports was considered but it never got past the planning stages. There was also a port for the Atari Jaguar planned but this was also cancelled. In 1994 DOS and Amiga versions of the game were released. In this case the DOS version was the better version. The Amiga version really could have been much better.


    Later, in 2004, near arcade perfect ports were released as part of Mortal Kombat: Deception for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. That same year a standalone TV plug-in version was released by Jakks Pacific. While similar to the Super Nintendo version, it was a different port and wasn’t quite as good. Another near arcade perfect port was released as part of Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play. Finally, Mortal Kombat was released in downloadable form as part of the Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection for Windows, PS3 and the Xbox 360 in 2011.

    While you can find close to arcade perfect ports these days or even emulate the arcade version, the 16-bit ports are fun as well and worth picking up if you collect for those systems. This was certainly one of THE games to have for your Super Nintendo or Genesis “back in the day”.

  • Sega Visions (October/November 1993)


    Source: Sega Visions – October/November 1993

    Sega Visions was Sega’s answer to Nintendo Power, however it never quite had the same level of popularity and didn’t last nearly as long. The September/October 1993 issue includes:

    • Say What?…Overheard at Sega – All the news and gossip that’s fit to print…and some that ain’t.
    • Yo Sega! – Readers write in with ?’s and !’s.
    • Sega Game Features
      • Sonic Spinball – Jumpin’ Blue Blazes, Look at Sonic Now!
      • Jurassic Park CD – A Sega CD adventure so real you’ll think you are there.
      • Disney’s Aladdin – Disney’s hit movie comes to life on your Genesis.
      • Sneak Peeks – A first look at some cool games
        • Star Trek: The Next Generation on Genesis
        • Sonic Chaos on Game Gear
    • Just Review It
      • Sega CD Tips and Strategies
        • Lethal Enforcers
        • The Secret of Monkey Island
        • Robo Aleste
      • Genesis Tips and Strategies
        • Aero the Acro-bat
        • Mazin Saga
        • Zombies Ate My Neighbors
        • Chuck Rock 2: Son of Chuck
        • Haunting Starring Polterguy
        • The Addams Family
        • Robocop III
        • Cliffhanger
        • General Chaos
        • The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle
      • Game Gear Hints on the Go
        • Quest for the Shaven Yak Starring Ren Hoek and Stimpy
        • Star Wars
        • Journey from Darkness: Strider Returns
        • Desert Strike
        • Robocop III
    • Heavy Equipment
      • Outback Joey from Heartbeat
      • Deluxe Carry-All and Holster Case
    • Departments
      • Sonic Comic
      • Sports Playbook
        • NFL Football ’94 Starring Joe Montana
        • Bill Walsh College Football
        • World Series Baseball
        • Wimbledon Tennis
        • N.H.L. Hockey ’94
        • Boxing Legends of the Ring
      • VizKidz! – Neato Games and Stuff – not for adults!
      • Totally Sonic
      • Sega Visionaries
      • Power Shopper – Hot deals on games.

    …and more!

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (May 1993)


    Source: Electronic Gaming Monthly – May 1993

    Electronic Gaming Monthly was my second favorite gaming magazine behind VideoGames & Computer Entertainment. It was close though. EGMs sheer volume was amazing and they did a better job of covering new and upcoming games and systems including rumors than anyone. One of the earliest issues I bought had detailed coverage of the upcoming Super Nintendo CD add-on. Alas, that never came to pass. The May 1993 issue includes:


    • Insert Coin
    • Interface: Letters to the Editor
    • Review Crew
    • Software Calendar
    • EGM Top Ten
    • Gaming Gossip
    • EGM Express
    • Leading Edge
    • Game Doctor
    • Tricks of the Trade
    • Game Contests
    • High Scores

    International Outlook

    • Hot Hits From The Orient – The epic journey of Adol continues in Y’s IV: Mask of the Sun. Plus, shooting action with Esperanza and mystery with A-Rank.

    Next Wave

    • The Latest and Greatest – The first pix of Sega’s Phantasy Star IV for the Genesis. Thrill to Alien 3, General Chaos, G-2 and Spider-Man 3!

    Special Feature

    • Street Fighter Spectacular – We’ve got the hot new pix for Street Fighter 2 on the Genesis. This Champion Edition is sure to blow your mind!

    Behind the Screens

    • Chip Off the Old Block – Jez San of Argonaut Software talks about his work on the Super FX chip, debuting in Nintendo’s new space shooter, StarFox.

    EGM Lifestyles

    • Street Fighter Comic! – Check out the second part of Malibu’s fantastic Street Fighter comic! It’s a sure hit with all SF fans!

    …and more!