the first game set in the third-dimensional environment, mortal kombat: shaolin monks, was developed by midway and published by acclaim entertainment. released in 2001, it was developed by ed boon and john tobias, and was the last game to feature the \"mortal kombat\" logo. the game was released on the playstation 2 and xbox as part of the mortal kombat trilogy.
the publisher of the first two mortal kombat games, midway, was a gaming company in the early-to-mid 1990s that produced video games and was owned by hasbro. midway had also published a fighting game called smackdown!. a year after mortal kombat was released, midway released a sequel, mortal kombat ii. the sequel featured a new character, sub-zero, as well as a \"new\" arcade cabinet, the m-2k, which featured two two-player game boards and a monitor. the m-2k is the first arcade game to use a \"human\" theme instead of the typical alien theme of most arcade games. the character of johnny cage appears as a rival for the game. many people think it was a spoof of midway's smackdown!. the m-2k was a hit game, and many people felt it was better than the first mortal kombat. however, the sequel also featured many glitches, such as the game freezing when certain characters would die. as a result of this, the sequel was very difficult to play, and many people thought it was broken, yet the m-2k was a huge success.
midway used to be the leading producer of arcade games. the midway arcade game mortal kombat introduced many features such as graphics, fatality moves, stages, and gameplay that have now become standard for arcade fighting games. the mortal kombat game and the sequel mortal kombat ii were both arcade games. the game, released in 1992, was the first arcade game to be distributed on an m-rated video game card. 3d9ccd7d82