Mortal Kombat was released on October 8, 1992 by Midway who also developed the game.Mortal Kombat is a 2D combat simulator. Midway sold about 24,000 machines.

The development of the first game was originally based on an idea that Ed Boon and John Tobias had of making a video game starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, but as that idea fell through, a fantasy-horror themed fighting game titled Mortal Kombat was created instead.

This game is similar to Street Fighter which was also very popular.

Mortal Kombat uses a finishing move “fatalities” which are activated wit combinations of controls. This became very controversial and eventually ESRB emerged to rate games for the violent content etc.

The game also featured more blood and guts with the new generation processors now able to handle graphics much more easily.

Mortal Kombat uses digitized sprite graphics to animate the characters. These would then be overlaid on the background image.

In 1995, a move was made that was inspired by this game.