Mortal Kombat Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

Mortal Kombat made its debut in 1992.

Mortal Kombat, the iconic video game franchise, made its debut 30 years ago. The Midway Games’ violently brutal video game was released on October 8th, 1992. It made Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Sonya Blade, Liu Kang, and Johnny Cage household names. In addition, it spawned a dozen video sequels, movies, and animated series.

In 1995 it debuted its first live-action movie. A follow-up, Annilhation, came out in 1997, and that was the last live-action feature film until 2021. The Rated-R reboot hit HBO Max with lackluster reviews. Before the reboot, a web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy, was released in 2013 with two seasons. It gave fans a faithful live-action adaptation. In recent years, two animated Rated-R films were released, Scorpion’s Revenge, Battle of the Realms, and Snow Blind. Below, co-creator Ed Boon looks back on the creation and legacy of the franchise.

The Mortal Kombat team said the following about the historic 30 years:

“On behalf of the entire team at NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Games, thank you to all of the fans who have supported Mortal Kombat throughout the past 30 years. As we look back on three decades of franchise history, the passion and excitement of our fans are the foundation that makes Mortal Kombat what it is today. To honor this milestone, please enjoy our commemorative Mortal Kombat 30th Anniversary video and join us in celebrating 30 years of Kombat across all forms of entertainment, from video games to movies, to animation, and more


Watch the 30th Anniversary Video.

Kerri Hoskins starred as Sonya Blade for the video game franchise several times:

Blessed to be a part of the MK Franchise. Happy 30th anniversary to everyone who helped create the game and thank you to all the fans who have kept it immortal after all these years! I have no doubt fatalities will kontinue another 30 years.

Kerri Hoskins

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Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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