Shack's Arcade Corner: Mortal Kombat 2

This week on Shack's Arcade Corner we take a look back at the classic arcade fighting game, Mortal Kombat II. Produced and developed by Midway Games, MK2 expanded on its super successful predecessor with new features and gameplay. New characters introduced in MK2 included Baraka, Jax, Kitana, Kung Lao, and Mileena. The game also featured the intoduction of the villain Shao Kahn, no relation to the CEO of Shacknews. MK2 expanded the lore and universe of the Mortal Kombat series, adding new fatalities as well as friendships and babalities.

New parallax imaging technology allowed for the background of levels to move slower than the foreground and in a way that was truly groundbreaking for its time. Character models were created using digitized sprites of actors, much like the original MK. The arcade cabinet was updated 3 times for bug fixes and went on to sell 25,000 units. This success netted Midway Games over $150 million in profits by the end of 1994. The game was ported on to many consoles and is still one of the greatest fighting games ever made. Please take a look at the video to find out more about Mortal Kombat 2.

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