Birth of a legend...
Graphics- Considering when it was made, Awesome. The people actually look like humans. They had recently developed some new tech. that allowed this. But besides the people, the projectiles looks pretty good as well. The arenas also look splendid. Basically everything looks good and fits in with everything else to make an innovative and fun-filled environment.
Sound- Pretty Decent. The people make some funny noises and such. The music sounds pretty good. The projectiles also sound pretty good (especially Sub-Zero). The people getting punched, blood splattering, screams, and such all sound good. I'd say the sound in this game is definitely a winner.
Gameplay- Very Fun. The concept, a side-view fighting game, with gore. As I said it is the first to have gore. You select a character. These are either Johnny Cage, Kano, Sub-Zero, Sonya, Raiden, Liu Kang, or Scorpion. Mortal Kombat is a tournament where the fate of Earth is decided. Mortals (you) must defeat Goro (Four Armed Beast) and his Master Shang Tsung. So you move forward and backward, or jump, and punch, kick, shoot projectiles and such. There are 2-3 rounds, first to two wins is the winner. After your second win, you can perform a Fatality (a killer finishing move that is cruel and painful looking). These are complicated to pull off. Projectiles also require a combination of buttons and such to perform. You can also block. As for controls, it's an arcade game so it depends on how well you handle a few button and a joystick. You got to love the gameplay.
In conclusion, this game is hot stuff. Next time you are at an arcade, I suggest you play a few rounds, if they have it. But be careful not to spend every quarter you have then have 10 seconds to run to the change machine. If you're lucky and buy the actual arcade game or your friends gives it to you, play all you want. So for setting the guideline for almost every fighting game afterwords, I give the Mortal Kombat Arcade Game a 9/10.