SNES Game of the Week - Week #21 Mega Man X May 30, 2022 6:42:55 GMT -5
Post by windfisch on May 30, 2022 6:42:55 GMT -5
Having witnessed the arcade game during its heyday on a ferry trip (arcade machines were locked away in 18+ gambling halls in Germany), I was quite fascinated with the sheer spectacle of it. Digitzed colourful ninja? Count me in! And thus, against my better judgement, I got the Game Boy version a bit later, the only genuinely bad game in my library (though NBA Jam, another "fad" game, wasn't too hot on GB either). Even then I knew it wasn't good, but it retained just enough of the original's atmosphere to make me sit through a lot of frustration: It was slooow and controls were unresponsive. They made move inputs even more complicated if you can believe it! However, if you squinted really hard, a bit of the original's "photorealism" remained and the music had a mysterious quality to it (though only a few tracks remained). Heck, you could even unlock a playable Goro! So maybe it's not quite the worst fighting game on the system. But it's close.
Anyway, the SNES versoin was a lot better, naturally. Though, when I finally got to properly play it via emulation, I had already experienced the superior DOS port. The latter was as close to the original as one could hope for at the time. By comparison, the SNES game simply felt a bit sloppier the way it played and looked. The censorship didn't bother me that much. Though it's hard to deny that attacks and fatalities feel a lot less impactful without large red drops flying around. I even kinda like the substitute fatalities for Rayden and Sub Zero, as those suit their traits rather well. But again, with little to compensate for the missing fountains of blood and too few frames of animation, there isn't that much left to look at. It's almost laughable how quickly fatalities go by in general, especially compared to later entries. The same is even true for some of the arcade-faithful ones, like Scorpion's flame-spitting skull. Ultimately Mortal Kombat, even in its arcade iteration, is a somewhat playable but pretty shallow game. Once the wow-factor wears off, it's not a whole lot of fun to play against the AI, which is both stupid and cheap. The SNES version is barely worth a D, imo.