Since the early 1990s, the Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter franchises have maintained a strong rivalry. It all began back when Kombat creator Ed Boon claimed that his game would "kick [Street Fighter]'s ass,"… a statement he continues to make to this day. Capcom, naturally, never took kindly to such words, and accused the gorier fighting game of simply imitating the greatness of its Street Fighter franchise.
At last week's Comic Con, Eurogamer discovered that the rivalry is still going, and it seems to be just as powerful as ever thanks to the fact that both Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe and Street Fighter IV are going to be hitting stores in the near future. When Johnny Minkley tracked down Ed Boon at the show, he asked if the developer still felt like he was competing with the Street Fighter games. "I think just from the history, we do," Boon said, "I think we'll kick their ass…. we're a wilder ride—a big rollercoaster ride—and they're a little bit tamer."
Meanwhile, at Capcom's booth, community manager Seth Killian was just as impassioned. "You can't touch the mechanics of Street Fighter," he said, "and [SFIV] is really channeling back the classic mechanics that ignited the world… Mortal Kombat was riding the coattails of Street Fighter then, and I think Mortal Kombat may be riding the tails of Street Fighter as we move into 2009."
At this point, the rivalry is starting to seem a bit absurd, as the two games have evolved into largely different animals. The Street Fighter core games have always felt faster-paced and maintained an anime feel thanks to its art style and 2D layout. The Mortal Kombat games, on the other hand, feel a little slower in terms of combat but feature showier moves and have often featured weapon mechanics, 3D environments, and strangely enthralling amounts of gore.
Maybe it's time to leave this competition behind and find something else to focus on.