Mortal Kombat
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The fighting genre is about to enter the next generation with games like Tekken 8 and Street Fighter 6. One other series, in particular, that's played a huge part in evolving the scene over the years is the violent and bloody Mortal Kombat. It also led to the formation of the ESRB in the US, which saw age ratings assigned to video games.

Now, 30 years later, co-creator Ed Boon and NetherRealm Studios are celebrating the series' 30th anniversary. Since the original Mortal Kombat made its debut in arcades on October 8th, 1992 the series has skyrocketed to become one of the most popular video game franchises of all time. There's been more than 20 games, multiple movies, and even some spin-offs along the way.

As part of the celebrations, the team has released a special trailer featuring a number of highlights and thanking fans around the globe for supporting the series over the years.

NetherRealm says this is just the beginning of the series' big anniversary. As for what's next, Ed Boon earlier this week mentioned how the focus would be on "30 years" for now, and the "next game announcement" will be separate from these celebrations.

If you're looking for some Mortal Kombat action on the Nintendo Switch, the Switch eShop version of Mortal Kombat 11 is currently on sale in certain parts of the world.

Tell us, what are your memories of the Mortal Kombat series over the past 30 years? When did you first start playing this legendary fighting series? Leave a comment down below.