How Mortal Kombat Got Its Iconic Name

Iris Callaghan


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April Fools' Day is a day that many companies like to get in on the fun, but this year it was a special day for fans of Mortal Kombat. On April 1, Ed Boon, the co-creator of Mortal Kombat, revealed that he and John Tobias once considered the title 'Kumite.' 

This would have been a fitting title for a fighting game, as Kumite is a term used for martial arts tournaments, but luckily, they decided to keep searching for the perfect name. 

Mortal Kombat was released in 1992 and became an instant hit, with its over-the-top violence and iconic characters. But the name 'Mortal Kombat' was not the only name they considered. 

Ed Boon and John Tobias wanted a name that would evoke the intense action and violence of the game and came up with 'Kumite.' Kumite is a term used for martial arts tournaments and would have been a fitting title. 

But they decided to keep looking and eventually came up with the iconic title 'Mortal Kombat'. The name was perfect, and the game was wildly successful, spawning a series of games and even a feature film. The name 'Mortal Kombat' is now iconic, and it's hard to imagine the game with any other title. 

The game has seen several different versions over the years, with the latest installment being Mortal Kombat 11. This game features a roster of over 25 characters, with some fan favorites and some newcomers. The graphics are stunning, and the gameplay is intense, just like it was when the game was first released.