Unless you’re well into your sixties or older, or have spent the last two decades living under a rock, you’ve undoubtedly at least heard of the Mortal Kombat video game franchise. And in honor of the recent release of Mortal Kombat X, comedy group The Warp Zone has released an a capella version of the game’s theme song, Twinfinite is reporting.
The Mortal Kombat theme song being parodied here dates back to 1994 – a thumping, cheesy techno groove released by The Immortals to coincide with the first movie in the Mortal Kombat film franchise. It’s posted below, so you can compare notes.
If you think converting a synthesizer-based, techno track (one which makes liberal use of audio clips) to an a capella track would be difficult, well, you’d be right. But someone the boys at The Warp Zone managed to pull it off.
Twinfinite writer Chris Samson is duly impressed.
“The Warp Zone presents their a capella tribute to the classic theme to absolute perfection. Each singer is even dressed for the part! Stick around for the ending, you’ll be treated to a hilarious surprise.”
Converting songs to a capella versions is old hat for The Warp Zone; their YouTube channel boasts a capella versions the theme songs to Spongebob Squarepants, The Powerpuff Girls, and other games, movies, and TV shows, as well as non-music-based sketch comedy bits.
Mortal Kombat debuted in arcades (the type that you had to physically go to, like at a mall, and then pump quarters into) in 1992. Unapologetically cheesy, and setting new standards for video-game gore, the game introduced a generation to the concept of video game Easter Eggs – that is, hidden content available to those who know the right sequence of buttons to hit. And since this was when the internet was in its infancy, most players learned those codes by going to a bookstore and purchasing a book.
Two such Easter Eggs popular in the Mortal Kombat franchise include the Fatality – a particularly gory sequence to end a match that involves the winning player doing something humiliating and gruesome to his fallen opponent – and the Babality – turning the fallen opponent into a baby.
Since then, the franchise has spawned at least one version on every major gaming platform since the advent of console gaming; nine sequels; countless spinoffs; two movies; several comic books; and a handful of TV cartoons.
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