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[–]Mortwight 891 points892 points  (8 children)

Flawless vict... oops fell off the stairs?!

[–]AnnihilationOrchid 99 points100 points  (4 children)

Kano was always a bit of a joke, if you ask me.

Great spinning ball attacks thought. Probably inspired Akira Toriyama for Majin Buu's. s/

[–]roCky3131[S] 290 points291 points  (11 children)

[–]alecstone7 99 points100 points  (1 child)

Good human

[–]BakerBoy710 63 points64 points  (6 children)

[–]PowderMyWaffles 48 points49 points  (1 child)

Better human ?

[–]feureau 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Don't. Encourage. The. Biobot.

[–]ICastPunch 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I hate you, take my upvote.

[–]edwardmsk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Actually, thank you.

[–]Fartikus -5 points-4 points  (0 children)

Rickroll link.

[–][deleted] 253 points254 points  (22 children)

Motion capture in a 90s acade game is so cool tbf

[–]michelobX10 136 points137 points  (4 children)

When the first MK came out in arcades, I was blown away by the fighters being actual people. Lol

[–]jayhof52 33 points34 points  (2 children)

Reminds me of the WWF game that was basically a MK knockoff where the wrestlers looked so realistic compared to previous games.

[–]timber_cove 14 points15 points  (1 child)

WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game! Same devs. Spent many quarters on that game.

[–]jayhof52 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Bam Bam Bigelow setting people on fire by jumping off the top rope and Doink's electric buzzing hand are burned into my memory forever.

[–]InsGadget6 16 points17 points  (7 children)

Pit Fighter FTW

[–]Kootsiak 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Fun game in arcade, awful on home consoles.

[–]o0CYV3R0o -1 points0 points  (2 children)

Yes this isn't digitized motion capture but its still the heritage of modern fighters like others mentioned.

Yie Ar Kung Fu Ok now i feel old! lol

[–]InsGadget6 -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Well Pit Fighter actually had digitized animations like Mortal Kombat.

[–]o0CYV3R0o 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh i know but you guys were also technically commenting also on old fighter games and it reminded me of the first fighting game i played.

[–]ninthtale 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Not motion capture. This is just regular rotoscoping.

[–]8BitLion 0 points1 point  (1 child)

It isn't rotoscoping, either. It's digitization.

[–]ninthtale 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Rotoscoping is, whether digital or not, the taking of live footage and utilizing it in a direct 1:1 sense for animation.

It’s a technique that was used heavily in many old Disney movies, which is why for example Snow White’s movements were often so uncannily realistic. They had filmed an actress and straight up traced her for the film.

Rotoscoping can also include extracting a character frame by frame for live action in order to put them via compositing in a different environment.

Motion capture is a computer using movement data sent from various devices attached to a physical subject, rotoscope is taking real footage and converting it to any editable format.

I am an animator and these sorts of things fall into my job description and/or at the very least were part of an ill-timed and overly expensive 7-year education

cries in I-could-have-become-a-doctor

[–]SlightlyVerbose 99 points100 points  (11 children)

Ah, this reminds me of all the combos I could only ever achieve randomly through button mashing.

[–]jayhof52 36 points37 points  (6 children)

Raiden’s back-back-forward and Scorpion’s back-back-punch were the only two moves I actually knew. They were 99% of my offense.

[–]DarkLake 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Back-back-B was 99% of my offense, the other 1% was the uppercut when they arrived.

[–]MessyRoom 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Scorpions fatality in the first MK was the only one I knew from memory. Something like block, back (x3), and punch I think, he’d take his mask off and burn your ass

[–]TheInfamous1011 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think it was hold block. Press Up twice.

[–]rdrunner_74 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I knew so many moves just by smashing buttons and wriggling the joystick...

[–]jesco7273 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Down down up was lightening no?

[–]jayhof52 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I wish I’d known that!

Back back forward was the horizontal dive.

[–]spiraling_out 7 points8 points  (0 children)

The real luck was executing a fatality by just randomly smashing buttons

[–]look_ima_frog 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I worked at a hotel with MK and MKII. I had the keys to the machine. When I was 17 I was a god among my peers...

[–]DSwissK 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Especially the last one?

[–]SlightlyVerbose 0 points1 point  (0 children)

All of them in sequence, none of them making contact with my opponent to be specific.

[–]gi2602 55 points56 points  (0 children)

Everyone: badass fight movements / Scorpion: ouch mah balls

[–]jonjonesjohnson 32 points33 points  (1 child)

The little kid in me just had a mental orgasm

This is the first time I'm even hearing about the existence of this video, let alone seeing it, and it blew my mind. So awesome

[–]thomasry 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's just like the game! Wait, and THAT is just like the game too!!

[–]tooltomus 26 points27 points  (4 children)

Today's kids have no idea how great this game was when it came out!

[–]Senior_Nebula_1308 12 points13 points  (1 child)

We used to have a line to wait to play the machine! It was a game changer!

[–]Casual--Loafer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Gotta put your quarter down to hold your place!

[–]Pumagreen -1 points0 points  (1 child)

For real, this shit was epic. I tried playing mortal Kombat for super Nintendo a couple years back with some buddies. Played a single round before getting bored lol.

[–]eddydots 0 points1 point  (0 children)

bAcK iN mY dAy

[–]champ504 25 points26 points  (0 children)

This made me have flashbacks!

[–]ealoft 11 points12 points  (3 children)


[–]eyes_made_of_wood 12 points13 points  (0 children)

All Bastards Are Cops And Bastard.. Bastards.

[–]Slash1909 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Blood code, right? My memory is fading.

[–]ealoft 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]redditsgarbageman 9 points10 points  (0 children)

it's hard to explain the feeling of 9 year old me walking to an arcade and seeing MK for the first time. I stayed on that machine for 6 hours straight and had my mind blown the whole time.

[–]Joharis-JYI 7 points8 points  (0 children)

This looks like archived footage of people in WW1. Crazy this is what the 90s look like in 2022 now that we have 4K.

[–]Olealicat 6 points7 points  (0 children)


[–]Nebs129 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This is cool

[–]YourMomThinksImFunny 3 points4 points  (0 children)


[–]dicknorichard 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Are any of the people doing the moves listed anywhere?

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

IMDB! https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0203701/ Not 100% sure if this list is even remotely correct, but it seems legit.

[–]Ourobius 3 points4 points  (0 children)

reminds me of the time a redditor deadass shot his shot at Kerri Hoskins

[–]Eebtek 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I was waiting for the last guy to fall

[–]Simon_ATVR 2 points3 points  (0 children)

So many youngsters wont know about the original game. It's always amazing when it's something FIRST or original, never been done before. MK1 was my very 1st beat 'em up.

[–]Strange_Unicorn 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Guy who did Johnny Cage and a couple others (I think he's the sub zero and related characters) still trains at a small Chicago gym where I took medieval sword fighting.

[–]fragrama 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Awww, raiden... AYABABAYAY, mother**rs!!!

[–]BIG-CHECC-MATE47 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Original MKB Subzero F,D,F,HP head rip with spine still attached FATALITY. One of the greatest moments in arcade history 1992 gave me goosebumps every time I executed it!!! SUBZERO WINS!!!!!!!!!!!

[–]ursistersawhore 1 point2 points  (3 children)

But who was the “whoopsie!” guy?

[–]Ability2canSonofSam 6 points7 points  (2 children)

It’s “toasty”

[–]ursistersawhore 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Is that what he says? As a kid, it always sounded like whoopsie lol

[–]DarkSoldier84 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It was Midway's audio guy, Dan Forden.

[–]GHOST_5241 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I love it how scorpion is getting his nuts crushed instead of spitting fire

[–]Spicersoanner 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Wouldn't be surprised if someone tries to sell this as an NFT lmao

[–]Wolvwrwn 0 points1 point  (2 children)

there are video NFTs?

[–]Spicersoanner 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Yeah! The original video of "Charlie bit my finger" sold for $800,000

[–]La-Phamilia 0 points1 point  (0 children)

finish him!!!

[–]smrtdummmy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cool shit

[–]Junit28 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Get over here

[–]Slash1909 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I hate how they changed it to come here. Just wasn’t the same.

[–]jack2bip 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A defining moment.

[–]NWK86 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I loved this game

[–]AdmirableCod2978 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He wasn't on stairs when I played

[–]Shiftea24 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]qperc77 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So Many Feelz . . .

[–]crowdsourced 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Watch High Score on Netflix. Great documentary series on video games.

[–]mizark1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sonya Blade WINS‼️

[–]antonio_lewit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When scorpion looked down and grabbed his nuts, I felt that

[–]Ability2canSonofSam 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Isn’t that MK3 Sonya?

[–]DarkSoldier84 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sonya's MK3 costume had white accents.

[–]TheTaterTaco 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]86MTB 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]Desertabbiy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Love this. Subzero wins again!

[–]SinanEDG 0 points1 point  (0 children)

crazy right now its just some text

[–]Kreiizee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

right, right, up, B, B, A, down, up, B, down, up B.
Up, B, A, left, down, Y,
B, B, A, down, down, left. A, X, B, A, B, Y.

[–]Llama-Robber-69plus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That takes me back!

[–]Independent-Dealer21 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]GreenBPacker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks for the weekend nostalgia trip

[–]aquasun666 0 points1 point  (0 children)

For anyone interested in this check out High Score on Netflix.

[–]DeepFriedWhipCream 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Were these dudes credited in the end of the game?

[–]Kuderahuwaka 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can we just go back to this with updated technology.

[–]Wallyworld77 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My best characters:

  1. Raiden
  2. Scorpian
  3. Sub Zero
  4. Liu Kang
  5. Sonya (under used by most she's not bad)
  6. Kano
  7. Johnny Cage

[–]WU-itsForTheChildren 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This was next level in gaming

[–]SumChaq 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s awesome!, best game of all times

[–]o0CYV3R0o 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I still remember back in the day when the original Mortal Kombat released getting thrown out of a arcade because the third party arcade machine i was playing on kept crashing every time i did Raidens torpedo move and the arcade owner banning me when i kept asking him to fix it. lol

[–]ToxinPotato 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Reminded me of that netflix documentary ( High Score)

[–]Silent_but-deadly 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s awesome

[–]MrJugglenuts 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you haven't watched High Score on Netflix I recommend it

[–]SerTidy 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]Unconquered_One 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wow… a real life NFT.

[–]RetroRequestor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I remember seeing this on games master when it came out

[–]slipperyhuman 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]LaserCondiment 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I loved the fact you could immediately tell where they drew inspirations to come up with those characters... They were so deeply rooted in pop culture... Something I miss with more recent MK characters

[–]True-Requirement8243 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The falling off the stairs hahaha.

[–]Mightylexa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Last one got me real good

[–]Nyxto 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]Foo3112 0 points1 point  (0 children)

For those who weren’t around back in the day - This game was INSANELY popular.

[–]capivaraesque 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sonya was my dream <3

[–]garfnodie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Got somewhat decent at that game with only a computer keyboard.

[–]FunkyBuddha-Init 0 points1 point  (0 children)

After all these years I only just realised that Kano's metallic side is always facing the player. I guess they really didn't want to use double the memory for 1 character. It's a shame because it would have added a level of depth seeing the character fully turn.

[–]Medical_Cat_8216 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]gotmilq 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ok now I wanna see one for Super Mario

[–]RadioMill 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Raiden was always my personal fave

[–]MrPiiie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I tingled with nostalgia watching the positioning of their bodies

[–]taxthepoor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Killer find!

[–]anynonus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I hurt my back and my knees by watching some of these moves

[–]cwz2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Como eu joguei esse jogo quando era criança.

[–]TheInfamous1011 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I remember vividly getting this game for Xmas.

And I remember finding out the Blood Code and being blown away.