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Meneer Jansen (OP)

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Best version of 'Mortal Kombat' with Bruce Lee in it?
« on: April 14, 2011, 04:40:24 pm »
Dear retro gaming fans,

Yesterday I saw a display of Mortal Kombat (MK) (the old version, there is a 2011 remake I believe). I saw a character that looked like Bruce Lee in it. It appears that  that character is named "Liu Kang". The photo realism of the characters and the movements struck me! The SNES version is as impressive as 'DK Country': the graphics and the sound ware lifted to a level higher than the console was designed for!

Figure 1 and 2. Characters in 'Mortal Kombat' that, I think, look like Bruce Lee.

So I started looking for a rom for me Dingoo. It appears that MK has been such a popular fighter that it was ported to the SNES as well as the Megadrive at the time and a couple of follow-ups were made (even a movie I believe...). Which do you think is the best to play? And which has the nicest version of the Bruce Lee like character in it?

I tried to play two types of Mame roms (a 15 MB and a 5.2 MB one) but none of 'm works. Of all follow-ups of MK (MK 2, MK 3) none of 'm show up in Mame or Final Burn Alpha (FBA320). Have y'all gotten the original MK (the Arcade version that is) gotten to work?

Is there an OpenBOR (rom) version of MK?

Best regards,

Michel
« Last Edit: April 15, 2011, 04:03:29 pm by Meneer Jansen »
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Bouvrie

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Re: Best version of 'Mortal Kombat' with Bruce Lee in it?
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2011, 10:13:26 pm »
If you really want a Bruce Lee character, why not play as Fei Long in Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo or Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story?

As for Mortal Kombat, that game was censored on SNES. I'd recommend getting it for another system. Check out wikipedia for the lowdown on the systems. ;)
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Re: Best version of 'Mortal Kombat' with Bruce Lee in it?
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2011, 01:24:23 am »
It appears that MK has been such a popular fighter that it was ported to the SNES as well as the Megadrive at the time and a couple of follow-ups were made (even a movie I believe...).
If by "a couple follow ups" you mean eighteen of them (that's counting MK9 which is coming out in a few days). ;)

I can't believe you never heard of Mortal Kombat! I was obsessed with it as a kid. I remember going to see the movie in theaters like ten times. And I had the comics and soundtracks and toys and stuff. Though I grew out of it soon after the console ports of MK4 came out. I don't think I've played any other MK game since then.

MK2 and it's ports are the best in my opinion (or it's the one I'm most emotionally attached to). But the ones to try are all the versions of MK, MK2, MK3, Ultimate MK3, and MK Trilogy. I think those are all the ones with that original digitized actor sprite style that you like. And they all have Liu Kang in it. He was the main protagonist of the story.

Sorry I can't give any real insight on what the best overall version is. It's been way too long since I played them.

As Bouvrie said, the SNES version of the first game is extremely censored. No blood at all and some fatalities are different. I think the Genesis port was censored too, but they included a "blood code" to unlock the original gore and fatalities.

Maybe see the first movie from 1995. ;) It's like the first live action video game based movie that isn't offensively bad. It's an overall decent and entertaining martial arts movie. But PLEASE stay away from the 1997 sequel "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation". One of the worst movies ever.

Btw, I don't think that gif of Liu Kang you posted is an actual fatality in the game. His real fatality in the first game is some pathetic cart wheel and uppercut.
« Last Edit: April 15, 2011, 06:10:35 am by Jesse »

Meneer Jansen (OP)

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Re: Best version of 'Mortal Kombat' with Bruce Lee in it?
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2011, 04:37:16 pm »
Thank you both for your replies! I have a SNES rom w/ a 'blood patch' and indeed the blood shows in that one. The Genesis version has a little trouble in rendering shadows. Also, the Genesis was an immaculate machine for generating fast moving animations in platform games w/. levels that go horizontal and vertical (imho the SNES was mainly meant for horizontal side scrollers). Take for instance the immaculate 'Jungle Book'. But it had only one teeny little flaw. It seems like its graphics card could not display as many colours as the SNES. Therefore it wasn't really suited for those games who's characters were scanned in from photographs (i.e. a lot of fighting games like MK). They tend to look cheap on the Genesis. And the fact that the Genesis controller did not have that many buttons don't help either.

Anyway, I sorta missed out on a lot of the great classic consoles due to my age, I guess. After the demise of the Atari and the Commodore 64 I gained interest in beer and pot, which pretty much took up all my time and money (apart from studies!). In those early nineties a spree of consoles hit the market. But the only thing I can remember seeing was some Mario game on the NES. And all I thought back then was: "Gee, all that money and hype about a game in which Mario cannot go UP nor back? Hey man, where's Donkey Kong then? What a linear rip off of the real thing". I was wrong of course. ;)

I understand that there is not much difference between the original Arcade version(s) and the SNES then? And for my Bruce Lee obsession I'd better stick w/ Liu Kang character and MK 1 to 3 (including '3 Ultimate' and 'Trilogy').

And, yes, I liked 'Dragon - The Bruce Lee story' on the SNES and the Genesis. But it has only a few enemies and a few locations. Not to forget that winning from the Boss after each level is pretty much impossible... Ha ha.

I'd still like to play the original Arcade version of MK some time though. If anybody's got it working on the Dingoo: please tell me.
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