Decades after Mortal Kombat's debut in 1992, its influence upon gaming and pop culture cannot be understated. In fact, its success laid the foundation for numerous games to come, as the video below explains.
When developers at Midway Games set out in creating Mortal Kombat, they wanted to give players the most authentic fighting experience possible without ever having to throw a physical punch.
To do this, developers modeled the playable character's moves after real fight moves performed by real-life people. They they digitized these moves into the game, setting the stage for games like Soul Calibur that sought more realistic depictions of battle.
Because of this, Mortal Kombat remains as influential as ever, even 25 years after its release. Watch the story of its development below.