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It is easy to forget the impact that Mortal Kombat (MK) had when the first game came out in August 1992. Among other things, its finishing moves ("Fatalities") feature caused such a moral panic that it led to Congressional hearings on video games in 1993 and the creation of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) in 1994.

It also inspired a lot of video game companies to follow the leader by making games that are clones (less charitably called “rip-offs” or “copycats”) of MK.

I should list the features that the clones often (but not always) share with MK.

  • They are fighting games. (After all, you have to go out of your way to find an MK game that is not a fighting game.)
  • They use digitized sprites for the characters. (However, the MK franchise began to stop using them by Mortal Kombat 4 in 1997. Besides, some clones do not even bother with digitized sprites.)
  • They allow the player to perform finishing moves called Fatalities. (Having said that, the MK franchise and a number of its clones have added other finishing moves such as Animalities, Babalities, Brutalities, Friendships, and Nudalities.)
  • They have a 2D perspective. (Even so, the MK franchise started to shift to a 3D perspective by Mortal Kombat 4, and then to a 2.5D perspective by Mortal Kombat 9 in 2011.)
  • They contain lore. (Granted, some of the clones practically require you to read the manual to get said lore, but they still have it.)

As per the above criteria, I would say that games such as BloodStorm, Catfight, Kasumi Ninja, Mace: The Dark Age, Survival Arts, Tattoo Assassins, Ultra Vortek, and Way of the Warrior are MK clones.

Having explained all this, how many MK clones are there?

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    I’m voting to close this question because it is too broad—asking for a large list of games. According to the site tour and the help center on what types of questions are not allowed here, questions that have “too many possible answers or that would require an extremely long answer” or that are not “reasonably scoped” are not allowed here. Commented Jul 8 at 14:52
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