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Mortal Kombat II
Publisher: Acclaim
Developer:
Publisher(s) of original games: Midway
Developer(s) of original games: Midway
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega 32X, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear, Sega Saturn
Original system(s): Arcade Boards
Sound driver:
Sega Saturn
SCSP (1 track)
Peripherals supported:
Sega Game Gear
Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
1994-09-09 ¥8,800 T-81093
Sega Mega Drive
US
1994-12 $? T-81346
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1994-09-09 £? T-81346-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
199x $?  ?
Sega Mega Drive
AU (Platinum)
199x $? FMOR01SMC
Sega Mega Drive
BR
1994-09 R$? 047070


Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 T-8107G
Sega Saturn
US
$54.95[1] T-8103H
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.99 T-8103H-50
Sega Saturn
FR
?F T-8103H-50
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? T-8103H-50
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas T-8103H-50



Sega Master System
UK
£? MK-29029-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F MK-29029-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? MK-29029-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas MK-29029-50
Sega Master System
AU
$? FMOR01SEC
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 028530



Sega Game Gear
JP
¥4,800 T-81107
Sega Game Gear
US
$? T-81278
Sega Game Gear
UK
£34.99[3] T-81278-50
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F T-81278-50
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? T-81278-50
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas T-81278-50



Sega 32X
JP
¥9,800 T-8104A
Sega 32X
US
$? T-8101B
Sega 32X
UK
£54.99[4] T-8101B-50
Sega 32X
FR
?F T-8101B-50
Sega 32X
DE
DM ? T-8101B-50
Sega 32X
ES
?Ptas T-8101B-50
Sega 32X
BR
R$? 153010



Mortal Kombat II, called Mortal Kombat II: Kyuukyoku Shinken (モータルコンバットII 究極神拳) in Japan, is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Mortal Kombat. It was originally released in 1993 as an arcade game before being ported to numerous platforms. It is considered by many to be the best fighter of the series. It sports a cast of twelve characters with numerous special moves including new finishers and new kinds of finishers.

Gameplay

The game plays almost identically to its prequel, Mortal Kombat. The game consists of fourteen fights that start against the other characters of the game, before moving onto one of two secret characters if certain conditions are met. From there, the player battles the monstrous Kintaro before fighting the game's final boss, Shao Kahn.

All characters share the same basic range of attacks, such as uppercuts, foot sweeps, and throws, although these moves vary in speed and power from character and character. When using a three button controller, not all of these moves will be available. What differentiates each character are several special moves that are performed by entering certain button combinations.

Fatalities can be performed like in the original game, and each character now has two of each. Two other kinds of finishing moves appeared in this game, Friendships, where instead of the winning character killing off the opponent, they would do something friendly, and Babalities, where the surviving character would transform the loser into an infant. These were put into the original arcade version of the game to poke fun at those who felt the original Mortal Kombat was too violent.

Unlike the Genesis version of its prequel, the game is completely uncensored from the start and no code is needed to unsensor the game.

Characters

Playable

  • Baraka
  • Jax
  • Johnny Cage
  • Kitana
  • Kung Lao
  • Liu Kang
  • Mileena
  • Rayden
  • Reptile
  • Scorpion
  • Shang Tsung
  • Sub-Zero

Non-Playable

  • Jade
  • Kintaro
  • Noob Saibot
  • Shao Kahn
  • Smoke

Versions

Mega Drive

The Mega Drive version was developed by Probe Entertainment. Differences from the Arcade version include a limited color pallette, reduced voice samples, and original game music. Gameplay speed is slightly increased. In the place of Goro's Lair is a slightly modified portal stage, which replaces the reds and oranges with blue. The game endings have also been reduced to text which scrolls across the screen as the winning player poses in Shao Kahns Arena. There are some easter eggs that are exclusive to this version such as the Oooh Nasty debug option which replaces the Dan Forden Toasty image with a kids drawing and gives Raiden a "Fergality" special move.

32X

Mortal Kombat II (known as Mortal Kombat II: Kyuukyoku Shinken in Japan) was ported to the 32X by Probe Entertainment, the same company behind the Genesis version of the same game. The original port was first released in the United States on December 4, 1994 in time for the Christmas season. A revision fixing minor programming issues and bugs that were most likely not addressed due to the Christmas deadline was released in January 1995. The game was released in Europe and Japan in 1995.

This port is built off of the Genesis version, but features enhanced graphics and utilizes a much greater color palette. Backgrounds, character sprites, and the health bars are among the few things that are much more detailed in this version.

It also boasted many enhanced sound effects that sounded very similar to the arcade version and added numerous sound effects missing in its Genesis counterpart, namely Shao Kahn's announcing of the rounds and various screaming noises. Due to the game's tight schedule, however, it retained the Genesis version's soundtrack.

The port received many lukewarm reviews due to its inferior soundtrack, but is preferred by some over the SNES version for it's tight controls.

Master System and Game Gear

Like other Sega Console versions, it was developed by Probe Entertainment. The Game Gear and Master System versions are identical aside from the screen size. Eight characters and Shao Kahn are present but several were removed such as Raiden, Baraka, Johnny Cage, Kung Lao, Noob Saibot, and Kintaro. Several levels are also missing and the only level with a stage fatality is the Kombat Tomb. Each character has one fatality removed along with friendships. As expected, the graphics and sound take a hit and voice samples are nonexistent.

Saturn

This port is essentially an enhanced version of the Probe Entertainment-developed PlayStation port. Improvements from the PS1 port include the use of arranged CD-quality audio tracks over the console's sound processor, slightly better load times, and the ability to pre-load morphs for Shang Tsung (much like Mortal Kombat Trilogy).

Unlike the PlayStation port, however, there is no option to enable Shao Kahn's dialogue (such as his announcing of the rounds). Kitana's death screams are also missing.

Both of these ports, however, have been received negatively by many gamers. They're widely considered to be inferior to the 16-bit ports for their lack of certain sound effects, poor load times, and occasional slowdown. The Saturn version was also released almost 2.5 years after the original arcade version, so many found there to be no excuse for these issues.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Midway Mortal Kombat Team
Ed Boon, John Tobias, Tony Goskie, Dan Forden, John Vogel
For Probe Software
  • Programmed by: David Leitch with the kind assistance of Paul Carruthers
  • Graphics by: Terry Ford
  • Music and SFX by: Matt Furniss and S. Hollingworth of Krisalis Software
  • Graphics Utilities: Gary Liddon, Carl Muller, Bob Armour
  • Compression Programming: Nick Pelling, Greg Michael
  • QA Manager: Tim Bradstock
  • QA Engineers: James Stewart, Ben O'Reilly, Nick McGee
  • Creative Director: Joe Bonar
  • Produced by: Rob O'Farrel (Barg)
  • Special Thanks to: Tiny 'Bubbles' Beckwith
  • Mr Leitch's Portrait by: Alan Seagrave
Acclaim Development by The Gray Team
  • Producer: Rob Leingang
  • Associate Producer: Stacy Hendrickson
  • Analysts: John Cirabisi, James Johnson, Joe Libertella
  • Special Thanks to: Alex De Lucia, Billy Pidgeon, Diane Cambria, Eric Weiner, Steffan Levine, Shawn Rosen, Eric Kuby, Mark Mermelstein, Mike Hong, Eric Samulski

32X version

Midway Mortal Kombat Team
Ed Boon, John Tobias, Tony Goskie, Dan Forden, John Vogel
For Probe Entertainment Limited
  • Programmed by: Cameron Sheppard, David Leitch
  • Graphics by: Terry Ford
  • Music and SFX by: Matt Furniss and S. Hollingworth of Krisalis Software
  • Samples by: PC Music
  • Samples Driver by: Ed Haynes
  • Compression Programming: Nick Pelling, Cameron Sheppard
  • QA Engineers: James Stewart, Nick McGee, Clifford Ramsey, Mark Viccary
  • QA Manager: Tim Bradstock
  • Produced by: Rob O'Farrel (Barg)
  • Executive Producer: Tony Porter
Acclaim Development by The Gray Team
  • Producer: Rob Leingang
  • Associate Producer: Alex De Lucia
  • Analysts: Joey Libertella, Eric Weiner, Mark Hermelstein, Steffan Levine
  • Special Thanks to: Billy Pidgeon, Diane Cambria, Eric Kuby, David Sanchez, Eric Samulski

Thanks again Stacy. We'll miss you!!

Game Gear version

Midway Mortal Kombat Design Team:
Ed Boon, John Tobias, Tony Goskie, Dan Forden, John Vogel
  • Programming by: Keith Burkhill
  • Backgrounds by: Terry Ford
  • Other Graphics by: Keith Burkhill
  • Music by: Matt Furniss
  • Produced by: Rob O'Farrell (Barg)
  • Creative Director: Jo Bonar
  • Quality Assurance Manager: Tim Bradstock
  • Quality Assurance Engineers: James Stewart, Ben O'Reilly, Nick McGee
Acclaim Development by The Gray Team
  • Producer: Rob Leingang
  • Associate Producer: Stacy Hendrickson
  • Analysts: Joe Libertella, John Cirabisi, Alex de Lucia, James Johnson
  • Special Thanks to: Diane Cambria, Eric Weiner, Mark Mermelstein, Eric Samulski, Billy Pidgeon, Steffan Levine, Shawn Rosen

Magazine articles

Main article: Mortal Kombat II/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

GamePro US 060.pdf

Mega Drive/Game Gear print advert in














GamePro (US) #60: "July 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:













  • VideoGames (US) #66: "July 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[5]













  • EGM² (US) #1: "July 1994" (1994-07-xx)[6]

EGM2 US 02.pdf

Mega Drive/Game Gear print advert in














EGM² (US) #2: "August 1994" (1994-xx-xx)

EGM US 062.pdf

Print advert in














Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #62: "September 1994" (1994-xx-xx)

GamePro US 066.pdf

Print advert in














GamePro (US) #66: "January 1995" (199x-xx-xx)

NextGeneration US 02.pdf

32X print advert in














Next Generation (US) #2: "February 1995" (1995-01-24)

NextGeneration US 03.pdf

32X print advert in














Next Generation (US) #3: "March 1995" (1995-02-21)

VideoGames US 82.pdf

Saturn print advert in














VideoGames (US) #82: "November 1995" (1995-10-24)

SSM JP 19960426 1996-07.pdfSSM JP 19960426 1996-07.pdf

Saturn print advert in














Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #21: "1996-07 (1996-04-26)" (1996-04-12)

CDConsoles FR 01.pdf

Mega Drive/Game Gear print advert in














CD Consoles (FR) #1: "Novembre 1994" (1994-xx-xx)

GamePro DE 1994-09.pdf

Print advert in














GamePro (DE) "September 1994" (1994-0x-xx)

GamePower IT 31.pdf

Mega Drive/Game Gear print advert in














Game Power (IT) #31: "Settembre 1994" (1994-xx-xx)

GamePower IT 31.pdf

Mega Drive/Game Gear print advert in














Game Power (IT) #31: "Settembre 1994" (1994-xx-xx)

SuperGamePower BR 007.pdfSuperGamePower BR 007.pdfSuperGamePower BR 007.pdfSuperGamePower BR 007.pdfSuperGamePower BR 007.pdf

Mega Drive print advert in














Super Game Power (BR) #7: "Outubro 1994" (1994-xx-xx)

Screenshots

Mega Drive version

32X version

Saturn version

Master System version

Game Gear version

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 №35, p92/93[7]Media:ConsolesPlus FR 035.pdf
97 №154, p48-52
80 №13, p68-70[8]Media:Edge UK 013.pdf
73
92
88 №63, p36-41[9]Media:GamePro US 063.pdf
94 №21, p48-50[10]Media:GamesMaster UK 021.pdf
88 №34, p10/11[11]Media:Joypad FR 034.pdf
88 №25, p56/57
94 №23, p2-13 (Supp.)Media:MMS23 MK2Review.pdf[12]Media:MMS23 MK2Review.pdf
94 №45, p30-32
96 №9, p74/75
94 №58, p45-48
97 №36, p44/45
70
73 №11/94, p88/91[13]Media:VideoGames DE 1994-11.pdf
Sega Mega Drive
88
Based on
16 reviews

Mega Drive, US
MK2 MD US Box.jpg
Cover
MK2 MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Mortal Kombat II MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
MK2 MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
MK2 MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
MK2 MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
MortalKombat2 MD JP CartTop.jpg
MortalKombat2 MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Mortal Kombat II MD JP Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, AU
MortalKombatII MD AU cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, AU (Sega Platinum Collection)
MK2 MD AU Box Platinum.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, BR
MK2 MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)
MK2 MD SE Box rental.jpg
Cover

32X version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
48 №6, p104-107[14]Media:CDConsoles FR 06.pdf
93 №42, p100/101[15]Media:ConsolesPlus FR 042.pdf
93 №160, p58-60[16]Media:CVG UK 160.pdf
91
76
88 №27, p69
91 №12, p78
92 №29, p20-25[17]Media:MeanMachinesSega29UK.pdf
92 №52, p117[18]Media:PlayerOne FR 052.pdf
93 №15, p78/79
90 №65, p38/39
95 №43, p40/41
92 №56, p27
81 №5, p78/79
Sega 32X
87
Based on
14 reviews

32X, US
MK2 32X US Box Back.jpgMK2 32X US Box Front.jpg
Cover
MK2 32X US Cart.jpg
Cart
Mortalkombatii 32x us manual.pdf
Manual
32X, EU
MK2 32X EU Box Back.jpgMK2 32X EU Box Spine.jpgMK2 32X EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
MK2 32X EU Cart.jpg
Cart
32X, JP
MK2 32X JP Box Back.jpgMortalKombat232x MD JP BoxSpine.jpgMK2 32X JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
MortalKombat232x MD JP CartTop.jpg
MortalKombat232x MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Mkii 32x jp manual.pdf
Manual
32X, BR
MK2 32X BR back.jpgNospine.pngMK2 32X BR Box.jpg
Cover
MK2 32X BR Cart.jpg
Cart

Saturn version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
75 №51, p138/139[19]Media:ConsolesPlus FR 051.pdf
58
46
48 №381, p34
83 №48, p44[20]Media:Joypad FR 048.pdf
88 №39, p91[21]Media:MeanMachinesSega39UK.pdf
89 №75, p48/49
93 №1, p78/79[22]Media:SSM UK 01.pdf
63 №1996-06, p233[23]Media:SSM JP 19960412 1996-06.pdf
58 №, p14Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[24]Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf
Sega Saturn
70
Based on
10 reviews

Saturn, US
Mortalkombatii sat us backcover.jpgMK2 Saturn US Box.jpg
Cover
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Disc
Mkii sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
MK2 Saturn EU Box.jpg
Cover
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Disc
Saturn, JP
MK2 Saturn JP Box Back.jpgMK2 Saturn JP Box.jpg
Cover
MortalKombatII Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
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Disc

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
82 №39, p156[25]Media:ConsolesPlus FR 039.pdf
87 №35, p56[26]Media:MegaForce FR 35.pdf
80 №25, p98[27]Media:MeanMachinesSega25UK.pdf
85 №60, p54
Sega Master System
84
Based on
4 reviews

Master System, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, AU
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, BR
MK2 SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
Mk2 sms br cart.jpg
Cart
MK2 SMS BR Manual.pdf
Manual
MortalKombatIIBrPosterBack.jpgMortalKombatIIBrPosterFront.jpg
Poster

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
88 №154, p48-52
70
45
78 №63, p36-41[9]Media:GamePro US 063.pdf
90 №35
90 №32, p107[28]Media:MegaForce FR 32.pdf
93 №23, p14/15 (Supp.)Media:MMS23 MK2Review.pdf[29]Media:MMS23 MK2Review.pdf
92 №9, p76
82 №59, p62
95 №36, p60/61
70
75 №11/94, p88/91[13]Media:VideoGames DE 1994-11.pdf
Sega Game Gear
81
Based on
12 reviews

Game Gear, US
MK2 GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngMK2 GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Game Gear, EU
MK2 GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngMK2 GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
MK2 GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, JP
MK2 GG JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
MK2 GG JP Cart.jpg
Cart

References

  1. File:GamePro US 091.pdf, page 80
  2. File:SegaMagazine UK 11.pdf, page 96
  3. File:CVG UK 155.pdf, page 101
  4. File:CVG UK 163.pdf, page 73
  5. File:VideoGames US 66.pdf, page 96
  6. File:EGM2 US 01.pdf, page 5
  7. File:ConsolesPlus FR 035.pdf, page 92
  8. File:Edge UK 013.pdf, page 68
  9. 9.0 9.1 File:GamePro US 063.pdf, page 38
  10. File:GamesMaster UK 021.pdf, page 48
  11. File:Joypad FR 034.pdf, page 10
  12. File:MMS23 MK2Review.pdf, page 2
  13. 13.0 13.1 File:VideoGames DE 1994-11.pdf, page 84
  14. File:CDConsoles FR 06.pdf, page 104
  15. File:ConsolesPlus FR 042.pdf, page 100
  16. File:CVG UK 160.pdf, page 58
  17. File:MeanMachinesSega29UK.pdf, page 20
  18. File:PlayerOne FR 052.pdf, page 117
  19. File:ConsolesPlus FR 051.pdf, page 138
  20. File:Joypad FR 048.pdf, page 44
  21. File:MeanMachinesSega39UK.pdf, page 92
  22. File:SSM UK 01.pdf, page 78
  23. File:SSM JP 19960412 1996-06.pdf, page 235
  24. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 16
  25. File:ConsolesPlus FR 039.pdf, page 156
  26. File:MegaForce FR 35.pdf, page 56
  27. File:MeanMachinesSega25UK.pdf, page 98
  28. File:MegaForce FR 32.pdf, page 107
  29. File:MMS23 MK2Review.pdf, page 14


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Mortal Kombat (1993) | Mortal Kombat II (1994) | Mortal Kombat 3 (1995) | Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (1996) | Mortal Kombat Trilogy (1997) | Mortal Kombat Gold (1999)
Mortal Kombat & Mortal Kombat II (unreleased)