Mortal Kombat makes it to 3 million

NetherRealm Studios' reboot of violent fighting franchise marks another milestone; WBIE dubs it the highest-selling fighting game of the year.

Last month, Mortal Kombat sales were pegged at "close to 3 million" by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment president Martin Tremblay. The latest installment in the long-running gore-soaked fighting franchise has swapped out a couple key words, as the publisher today officially declared that is has sold "over 3 million" copies worldwide across the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

MK has sold a cool million three times over.

In addition, the publisher called Mortal Kombat "the highest-selling fighting game of the year." That would put the game at the top of a relatively small heap, as only a handful of noteworthy fighting games have hit stores this year. Capcom has released Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, while Tecmo Koei launched Dead or Alive: Dimensions on the 3DS, and Square Enix debuted Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy.

The first game in the franchise since 2008's Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe and the ninth in the series, Mortal Kombat was intended as a back-to-basics reboot. With a roster pulled almost entirely from the first three games in the series, Mortal Kombat also eschewed the 3D gameplay of later entries in the series by constraining the action to a 2D plane.

Since launch, WBIE has stoked interest in the game with the release of four new playable characters as downloadable content. While the first three--Skarlet, Rain, and Kenshi--were pulled from previous Mortal Kombat titles, the fourth was a new addition to the series, A Nightmare on Elm Street villain Freddy Krueger. It was not the game's only "krossover" fighter, as God of War protagonist Kratos appeared as an exclusive extra in the PS3 version of the game.

For more on the reboot, check out GameSpot's review of Mortal Kombat.

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Discussion

63 comments
cubachino
cubachino

3 Million copies and at times I still have to wait 5 to 10 min. for a ranked match? WTH!

The_Godfather_
The_Godfather_

well, what about the PC version?? pc gamers deserving this outstanding game.

leeko_link
leeko_link

Mortal Kombat 9 ftw, I hate Capcom for making way too many versions of the same game especially Street Fighter IV.

linkdarkside
linkdarkside

MK is the best fighting game of the year.

RobbySpry
RobbySpry

Three million opponents to face-off against and i always happen to meet the ones that beat me easily! ;)

GabrielOnuris
GabrielOnuris

Ok, 3 million, very well; Now, to make a flawless victory release it to PC with all the DLCs inside as a goty/special edition/collectors edition/whatever you want to call it, please.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

3 million and well deserved, for the best western fighting franchise out there.

accretia27
accretia27

one of the best, maybe even the best fighting game i've ever played

Naxct
Naxct

the game was to good to made into reality.

ziproy
ziproy

The game's only flaw was those dang Shao Khan battles.

Sarrom_Fin
Sarrom_Fin

Excellent news. The new Mortal Kombat was the best reboot of a series I can think of and it deserves the good sales. :)

simon1812
simon1812

and netherrealm will celebrate this milestone by giving away free DLC!!! yeeeeeeyyyyy!!!!!...I wish...

Sonic3456
Sonic3456

And it deserves more. Twas easily the best fighting game released this year.

BH14
BH14

Easily the best Mortal Kombat ever and one of the best fighting games ever.

SandRunneR
SandRunneR

Yeah, I still think a PC version would have been nice. But, guess that wouldn't increase the number of sold copies much.

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

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HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

That's good MK9 is clearly the best fighting game this year.

xchiefmegadethx
xchiefmegadethx

Best fighting game ever made...i have spent over 300hours on this game. Even with the crappy online. Believe you me, it's been hard playing this game lately, so many months have gone by. and Nether Realm have not fixed or even talked about fixing De-syncing/Random drop outs/Disconnects/Arcade Stick De-syncing glitch. Come on Nether Realm fix it already. Been looking for a new game to jump on away from all the crappy problems that MK9 has. looks like Gears 3 will be it!!!! NR just swept the online problems under a rug, now its time for me to do the same with this game. Thanks NR thanks for not fixing your game Dicheads

toddx77
toddx77

Good this game for sure deserves every sale it gets. No WB just needs to fix mortal kombat arcade collection.

babyjoker973
babyjoker973

Of course,look whos behind it,warner bros..let wb make marvel vs capcom..

bigtruckseries
bigtruckseries

When the game was released it was NEARLY UNPLAYABLE due to the poor net code. King of the Hill and Ranked matches rarely worked. Fortunately they fixed Ranked matches - but, KoTH still barely works and there's an annoying bug where just two players can't start the match alone unless another player joins.

bigtruckseries
bigtruckseries

Should have been named "RAGE QUIT: The game". Either you get spammed by Scorpion, Smoke, Kung Lao, Raiden, Sonya, Cyrax or one of the HORRIBLY BALANCED DLC characters and RAGE QUIT, or, you start beating the crap out of someone who started spamming you until you got the upper hand on them and THEN THEY RAGE QUIT. Less than half the games I play on a daily basis ever make it to Fatality because you always geet the same message: "this session is no longer available" after the other guy RAGE QUITS. What they really need is a LOCKOUT that stops you from reconnecting to the MK server for about 10 - 15 minutes if you RAGE QUIT or leave a match early. Then, all they'd have to do is FIX ALL THE BROKEN CHARACTERS like Mileena and Liu Kang who just spam the hell out of you as soon as the round starts.

Valcrist08
Valcrist08

Now take your take and make MK2 on Epics newest Unreal Engine and release it for Ps4 and xbox 720

Arthas017
Arthas017

Ok now that 3 million people has the game let's see if they can bring us lag-free online versus

kaiserzero61
kaiserzero61

3 mil huh? Not as much as I would have liked.

kweeni
kweeni

Good, the game is awesome. One of the best games I've played this year.

adamms1384
adamms1384

The game itself is pretty good, but the online play is downright awful.

blacksaibot
blacksaibot

Now all we need is MKvsDC2............... NOT

eva02langley
eva02langley

Too bad that the online play is unplayable due to incredible amount of lag... Also, the price is quite ridiculous... 70$ + DLC.

Barighm
Barighm

Your game will sell when you release a version people actually want? Shocking.

free_milk
free_milk

in the uk online there are only 200 -payers aprox

zzamaro
zzamaro

I hope they release a complete edition soon.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

@superzone That's funny, you named the two I named and then discounted them.

Superzone
Superzone

@gatsbythepig: Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition. There were also a couple fighting games released for the 3DS.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

"highest-selling fighting game of the year" I love MK but were there any other fighters this year? It's not hard to be the best when you are the only one... and I am not talking about a game that was released last year and then tweaked 3 times so it could be rereleased at a lower price(I am looking at you Street Fighter) or the MvC games which have always been a disappointment, even back in the 90s in the arcade.

WR_Platinum
WR_Platinum

I'm very happy to see that the MK franchise is still alive and stronger than ever. They did it right this time, shows that old school style fighting will bring up the sales.

Superzone
Superzone

Nice to see it selling well. But the best part is that it's outselling this years' Capcom fighters. That's what you deserve Capcom!!!

KUNG-LO
KUNG-LO

Good since it has sold well. Maybe the will release a Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition at half price for those of us that didn't jump on from day one :D

bat725
bat725

Bought it. Love it. And I love that I don't have to worry about Super Mortal Kombat coming out soon. If you want the new characters and stages, buy the DLC. If you don't, then don't. Sounds simple enough to me.

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

I just started playing this. It's definitely the best MK to date.

pokecharm
pokecharm

I can honestly say I contributed to this :)

tyco_ex
tyco_ex

Square fails at business. Make a Dissidia equal for ps3 and watch the numbers fly.