Mortal Kombat 9: Warner Brothers reports better than expected sales
Sales of the bone crushing, eye gouging, vulture feeding on guts, gut wrenching fighting game Mortal Kombat 9 has exceeded Warner Brothers’ expectations. The publisher of developer NetherRealm’s Mortal Kombat 9 has reported a total unit delivery of 3 million so far. This is particularly good news for Warner Brothers since it paid quite a bit of change to acquire Mortal Kombat and other intellectual property from Midway Games.
Warner announced that this sales figure more than pays for the amount it shelled out for Midway Games’ portfolio. As you may recall Midway Games was quite a big player during the days of arcade video games – remember those huge boxes with bad graphics back in the day? Midway went the way of arcade games and went belly up in the late 2000s. Warner Brothers bought its collection of games including its storied fighting franchise Mortal Kombat. Warner Brothers’ figures indicates that this acquisition was wise and that it also opens the way for further development of the acquired games portfolio.
Although 3 million units is nothing to sneeze at, we have to keep the numbers in perspective. Other fighting games have done better – much better – than Mortal Kombat 9. For example, SSB Brawl and Tekken have racked up 10.27 million and 3.5 million unit sales, respectively. Still, this is Warner Brothers’ first shot at promoting Mortal Kombat and at 3 million, the future looks bright indeed.