This category includes the main Mortal Kombat series of versus fighting games, as well as spin-offs that deviate from that genre (e.g. Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero). Almost exclusively developed by Midway, the games place an emphasis on over-the-top blood and gore, as well as brutal finishing moves. In its 2D days the series was also known for its use of digitized actors; this style has been abandoned with the series' switch to 3D.
In July 2009, the Mortal Kombat intellectual property rights were acquired by Warner Bros.