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Ed Boon on the censorship of Mortal Kombat on the SNES

“The controversy with the game originally was because there was no rating system in place, and people were objecting to the fact that a game that was as violent as it is, did not have a rating. I agree with that idea. The rating system is great. The censorship with the SNES version was a response to that. Nintendo felt like they had an obligation to not offer something like this to a system that’s played by many young players. But after we had the rating system in place, they felt, OK, if there’s a rating on the box and people understand it’s a violent game, then it’s OK to sell it because it’s intended for an older audience.” - Ed Boon

You can read more from Boon and the early days of game censorship here

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