Street Fighter Characters Could Have Appeared In Mortal Kombat
Growing up gaming in the 1990s, two fighting games towered over everything else: Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat. And then, their various sequels and spin-offs.
Nothing else really came close. Sure, there was Tekken, Virtua Fighter, Killer Instinct and The King of Fighters - but to the kids in my school, the only two worth talking about, worth arguing over, were those starring Ryu and Ken, Scorpion and Sub-Zero.
Street Fighter II felt like the purist's pugilistic pick, then and now. Mortal Kombat, on the other hand, was the game to put on when parents had nipped out to the supermarket, its supposedly controversial fatalities kept away from adult eyeballs. Again, it's probably not one that today's underage gamers, enjoying Mortal Kombat 11 before reaching the recommended PEGI age, are popping on the family TV while mum and dad are watching on.
It was okay to like both, of course - but what could never, ever happen was a crossover. It was sacrilegious to even think such a thing. Blanka taking on Sonya Blade? Raiden squaring off against Vega? Get outta here with that chat.
Or, maybe, get over here? As there was a chance, says Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono, that the two franchises could have collided in recent years.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Ono-san recounts a time when Mortal Kombat producer and director Ed Boon reached out, and asked if the MK series - which hasn't shied away from welcoming guests, the latest including the Terminator and the Joker - could add a few Street Fighter favourites to the fold.
"It's true that a proposal for a Street Fighter character in Mortal Kombat was rejected by Capcom," Ono tells interviewer Martin Robinson. "But it wasn't me, personally! There were many people at the company (Capcom) that felt it wasn't a good fit for our characters.
"I actually met Ed Boon at the Brasil Game Show, and spoke to him personally about it. So it's true - but I didn't make the decision!"
As for bringing outsiders into the Street Fighter franchise, in the future, Ono commented:
"We don't necessarily rule anything out. We've had our share of crossovers over the years - Marvel vs. Capcom, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. From Ed Boon's side they had Injustice, that had various universes colliding. It didn't work out this time, but Capcom is interested in doing that kind of thing. If we can get something we feel good about, we could move quite quickly to make that happen."
Going back to the possibility of a Mortal Kombat vs Street Fighter crossover, though: just who would you want to see lining up beside the usual MK crowd? Ryu has to be a frontrunner, as the defacto mascot of Capcom's long-running series (although Ono might well argue a case for Blanka, his own favourite character).
And just what graphic damage would a hadouken or shoryuken do in a Mortal Kombat context? Cracked skulls and bloody guts all round, methinks. Gross. Probably best we dodged this one, TBH.
2019's Mortal Kombat 11 enjoyed the best launch of any game in its series. But that didn't prevent it getting review bombed by certain people who got pathetically pissy over one of its character's endings (where they end slavery, like that's a bad thing?), and the game's aggressive microtransactions (okay, fair enough there).
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