Mortal Kombat II (commonly abbreviated as MKII) is a competitive fighting game originally produced by Midway Gamesfor the arcades in 1993. It is the second game in the Mortal Kombat series. Like its predecessor, various home versions were produced.
The game was a great critical and commercial success, both in the arcades and at home. At the time of its release, MKIIhad the best opening-week sales in video game history. As of 2009, many Mortal Kombat fans still considered MKII to be the best title in the entire series.
Following his failure to defeat Liu Kang in the first Mortal Kombat game, the evil sorcerer Shang Tsung begs his masterShao Kahn, supreme ruler of Outworld and the surrounding kingdoms, to spare his life. He tells Shao Kahn that the invitation for Mortal Kombat cannot be turned down, and if they hold it in Outworld, the Earthrealm warriors must attend. Kahn agrees to this plan, and even restores Tsung's youth. He then extends the invitation to Raiden, who gathers his warriors and takes them into Outworld. The new tournament is much more dangerous, as Shao Kahn has the home field advantage, and an Outworld victory will allow him to subdue Earthrealm.