Where You Buy Mortal Kombat Matters

By  |  Monday, December 13, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Video game retailers are raising the stakes of their pre-order bonuses for next year’s reboot of Mortal Kombat.

Pre-order through Gamestop, and you’ll get Scorpion’s costume and Fatality from the original (1992) Mortal Kombat. Best Buy offers the same bonus for Sub-Zero, and Target has Reptile’s original Fatality and costume from Mortal Kombat 2.

Mortal Kombat won’t be the first game to tie different pre-order bonuses to different stores. Fallout: New Vegas spread four bonus packages among five retailers, Mass Effect 2 gave a special weapon and armor to Gamestop while giving other retailers a different kind of armor. Batman: Arkham Asylum’s pre-order bonus was either a discount, a gift card, a free map, a T-shirt or in-game armor, depending on where you bought it.

But in this case — and maybe this is just my inner old-school gamer talking — the perks really matter. A Mortal Kombat Fatality isn’t just some stat-boosting piece of virtual gear. It’s an integral part of the game. Without those graphically violent finishing moves, Mortal Kombat is just another fighting game. Asking the series’ biggest fans to bestow special treatment on one character by granting it an extra Fatality seems like a high form of cruelty.

I don’t even see the point, unless each retailer thinks their exclusive Fatality is the best, and can be used to their advantage in marketing. Being quite familiar with the gruesomeness of¬†each finishing move, I doubt it.


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4 Comments For This Post

  1. Stilgar Says:

    Of the ones you listed, I'd have to go for Zub Zero's Fatality from MKI. Nothing like ripping off a head and seeing a dangling spine.

  2. Keith Shaw Says:

    I'm not a fan of bonus features / content that you get depending on where you purchase the game – maybe you could purchase the additional content later as DLC. The extra stuff doesn't really affect gameplay that much, does it? Although from the list that you mention, it probably means I'll be heading to Best Buy to get the Sub Zero bonus, because he's a preferred character over Scorpion or Reptile.

  3. JaredNewman Says:

    Just want to say I'm really happy to see such strong support for Sub Zero here. Count me among that group as well.

  4. bloob5 Says:

    Sub Zero for the win