Ed Boon: The original Mortal Kombat only had 6 characters, when it tested well in arcades we decided to add a 'girl fighter'

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • June 2, 2013 at 4:32 p.m. PDT
NetherRealm Studios' Ed Boon posted a few interesting bits of information about the original Mortal Kombat and its location tests at Times Square Arcade in Chicago, Illinois. Boon mentions that the primary roster only included six characters, (Sonya not included), and after it tested well with fans, they decided to toss in a female fighter.

Way way way back in the day, we tested the original Mortal Kombat in an arcade called "Times Square" on Broadway St. in Chicago. It only had 6 characters (Sonya was missing) and when it tested well, we decided to add a "girl fighter" to the mix.

Ed also shared a small Mortal Kombat sign that was posted at the arcade before the second location test began. He pointed out that the classic MK dragon logo actually faced left back then, instead of to the right as it does now.

Before we brought MK back for its 2nd test at Time Square arcade, John Tobias drew a poster that we wrote a message like "Returning Soon". While going through my basement, I stumbled across that sign that we hung in the (Times Square arcade) window!

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Notice the backwards dragon (we didn't decide to ONLY point it to the right yet) and the box at the bottom for the text.

Via Ed Boon's Twitter.

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