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Smash Bros. fighter speculation is much like the Hotel California – you can check out anytime you’d like, but you can never leave. Well over a year after Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s final bit of fighter DLC was released, Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has chimed in to state that, as far as he can remember, neither Nintendo nor Masahiro Sakurai have asked to include Mortal Kombat characters in the franchise. Who would’ve thought?

Axios notes that this “might be” due to MK’s violence, as if nobody has thought that a game series known for its slavish attention to gory, over-the-top violence might not be a good fit for a party fighter with Pokémon and Kirby. While Smash does have some characters from M-rated games like Snake and Bayonetta, significant changes were made to them to fit in the universe, and Mortal Kombat without the grotesque violence is just… a fighting game.



At least Boon knows exactly who he’d pick from the MK roster to put in the game, should the call ever come: “Scorpion. Not even a hesitation. I guess if they want two, it’d be Scorpion and Sub-Zero.” He notes that this is because of their immediately identifiable visuals, and also “it’s cool to see a spear pull somebody,” which is the kind of commentary you’d expect from the creator of this franchise, really.

Mortal Kombat 1 releases on Switch September 19th. 


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.