In a world full of cyborgs, demons, martial artists, monks, and an assortment of warriors fighting to the death, there’s the iconic dragon logo every 90s arcade gamer knows all too well. Mortal Kombat was the first fighting game with an unlockable secret fighter. Players certainly can’t get enough of the action.
Mortal Kombat Beginnings
This American franchise originated from Midway Games in 1992. It was meant to be a fighting game featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme, but that idea didn’t get green-lit. In its place was a fantasy fighter with a movie star whose fighting style was similar to Van Damme’s.
Earlier games made use of realistic digitized sprites, and new characters are made through palette-swapping. Its rather brutal renditions of finishing moves led to the establishment of the Entertainment Software Rating Board to regulate violence levels in computer games.
Mortal Kombat’s success paved the way for several sequels and spin-offs. Whether it be games, comic books, animated and live action films, and TV series, its influence was undeniable. Today, it’s one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time.
Mortal Kombat Legacy
Warner Bros. Entertainment took over the Mortal Kombat franchise after Midway’s bankruptcy. The development team was re-established as NetherRealm Studios. Such an extensive franchise requires little to no introduction, as a vast number of merchandise used the lettering found in the original cover art’s title name.
While the original font is likely custom lettering, you can still get your hands on similar typefaces. Baglio from DeviantArt has a title font reminiscent of the first arcade game. It’s also available on Font Meme.
If you’re interested in other artistic renditions, check out Mortal Kombat fonts from Murdoink. For the font on the main title screen, before and after each round, during character bios and endings, check out Cartoon 12 by Steve Capps (also known as Comix font when it was converted by EA for 1990s games).