It will Konsume you!
Mortal Kombat is always critized because of "lack of story". I 100% disagree. Mortal Kombat has the best story is any fighting game series. The game features 7 playable fighters: Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Sonya Blade, Kano, Lui Kang, Raiden, and Johnny Cage. Each had there own backstory. And each had there own ending if they were the one to win the tournament. Each ending is a "what if..." ending, which is what always added replay value to the series. Hardcore fans will want to beat the game will all fighters. Each fighter had there own special moves, which was good. Sub-Zero has his classic freeze. Scorpion has his classic spear.
The extreme violence in this game helped MK's popularity. MK had what no other fighting game had: extreme fighting and blood. In the SNES version however, the blood was replaced with sweat. The fatallities were awesome. A fatallity is the perfect way to end a fight. At the end of a round 2 and 3, when you beat your opponent, the screen will say "Finish Him". Enter a button code and your fighter basically overkills the other fighter. From arm ripping, to lightning, to fire. MK was one of the most violent games of its time.
Asie from the standard 7 fighters you can play as, there was also a secret fighter who you could only fight and not control. This was Reptile. Though he became popular with the fans and was made playable starting with MK2. And there also a rumoured glitch. This has never happened to me, but some people say thay had a glitch in there MK game and Scorpion turned red. I belive it was called Error Macro. Ed Boon heard of this, and that is why Ermac was introduced in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.
Something else that made MK rememerable, was the boss fights. After you get past all the fighers, and endurance round, you were introduced to Goro. Goro is today considered one of the hardest bosses ever in a video game, and definitly one of the most popular. And if you can manage to beat Goro, you must face Shang Tsung. Shang Tsung (while not as hard as Goro) is still a very challenging boss.
Mortal Kombat still holds up today as a great fighting game, and is loved by many. And you would have guessed the franchise would still be alive today. Thanks you Ed Boon, for making Mortal Kombat possible.