Revisit Mortal Kombat 9 in Episode 2 of "The MK Meta" by @PNDKetchup

Before Mortal Kombat XL came to be, an older but incredibly unique title would unify a new community of players in 2011 that would come to be known as the NRS community.

That title is Mortal Kombat 9, or MK9 for short. This game was basically a reboot of the entire franchise, taking players back to the events of the first three Mortal Kombat titles: MK1, MK2 and MK3 (or Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3). Naturally, the characters that appeared in these three games would ultimately make up the roster, barring a few exceptions (Chameleon and Motaro, for example) and including a fighter from the 3D era of the franchise (Kenshi). Freddy Krueger and Kratos, the latter of which was limited to the PlayStation 3 version, would also appear as NRS’s first guest characters.

The transition from 3D to 2D also led to the rise of a competitive following surrounding NRS games. PowerUp 2011, a fighting game convention that took place in Cincinnati, Ohio, would be the first of many events to shine the spotlight on Mortal Kombat 9. The game would go on to obtain its fame at three consecutive Evolution Championships, a full season of events at Major League Gaming, etc.

Many of today’s NRS players, commentators, content creators and so on, can trace their competitive origins back to Mortal Kombat 9. The game maintains an incredibly large place in the community’s hearts, and very rightly so.

For any latecomers to the scene - that is to say, those who began their competitive streaks in Mortal Kombat XL or Injustice 2 - you may be wondering why exactly MK9 has tugged on some heartstrings. Below is a 43-minute video by Ryan “@PNDKetchup” Neal that may provide the answers to your questions. It is the product of months of work, as it delves deep into a number of elements that contributed to MK9’s place in history: the roster, the mechanics, its tournament history, and more that we have not mentioned here.

Check it out!

While we are discussing Mortal Kombat, we hope you are preparing for the inevitable release of Mortal Kombat 11 this upcoming April! Make sure you visit www.mortalkombat.com to pre-order your copy if you have yet to do so! The game releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC (Steam), and Nintendo Switch this April.

Also, click here to enjoy the first episode of Ketchup’s “The MK Meta” series, which tells a similar story about a more outdated but just as memorable title in the MK franchise: Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3!


JagoBlake, the author of this article, is an esports enthusiast who just so happens to have a way with words. Whenever he is not scouring the Internet in pursuit of breaking news, he's investing time into his favorite fighting games so as not to appear inadequate in the face of competition. To support his work, follow him on Twitter - @xJagoBlake.


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