Released In: 1994
After Shang Tsung's defeat in the previous Mortal Kombat tournament, his master, the Outworld emperor Shao Kahn, was prepared to execute him. Shang Tsung begged for his life and told Kahn that there was still a way that he could conquer Earthrealm. An invitation to Mortal Kombat cannot be refused, so if Kahn were told hold a tournament in Outworld and if the Outworld forces were to win, Kahn would be able to merge his realm with Earthrealm and rule them both. Kahn likes Shang Tsung's plan, and restores his youth as a reward. Kahn also summons Kintaro, a fierce Shokan warrior, to replace his former champion Goro. Features twelve playable characters: Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Baraka, Johnny Cage, Mileena, Kitana, Jax, Reptile, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Shang Tsung, and Raiden.
Syd Lexia: If you didn't live through it yourself, I'm sure you've at least heard the story of how Nintendo's forced Acclaim to butcher the original Mortal Kombat when they released it on the Super NES. The blood was replaced with gray "sweat" and the fatalities were removed. Apparently Nintendo thought that Mortal Kombat was a highly competent 2D fighter that would be fun to play with or without the graphic violence. Well, they were completely fucking wrong; Mortal Kombat was all about the blood. Nintendo's stupid miscalculation further helped to reaffirm Sega's claims that the Genesis had attitude and the Super Nintendo was for wussy little crybabies.
Flash forward to 1994. The Entertainment Software Ratings Board had just been established in the United States, the result of Congressional hearings on video game violence. With a ratings system in place, Nintendo of America pledged to end their overzealous censorship. As a result, Mortal Kombat II was released on the SNES untainted and bitter Nintendo fanboys finally had the upperhand over their Sega counterparts; the Nintendo version was technically superior to the Sega version in every conceivable way.
Valdronius: So we lose Sonya and Kano and pick up seven new people. Who's the coolest of the new breed? Why Baraka, of course. How do you possibly compete with retractable knife hands?
Murdar Machene: I will fucking cut you as Baraka. That is all.