Mortal Komb-App

When a fatality is available for input, the text "Finish Him" will appear in the screen, and the opponent will go into a dizzy animation
When a fatality is available for input, the text “Finish Him” will appear in the screen, and the opponent will go into a dizzy animation

With the newest Mortal Kombat game just around the corner, many people (myself included) are preparing themselves by going back to Mortal Kombat 9 to either re-learn the game, or really get a feel for the play style. Of course, the most iconic part of Mortal Kombat is the fatality: the post victory chance to FINISH your opponent. Of course, every fatality has it’s own command patterns which are hard to memorize, and the move list is inaccessible in an online battle, so often I end up getting a comparatively lame victory on the games I do end up winning. I thought, “man, it sure would be nice to have a notepad with all the fatalities open and nearby whenever I need.” Well, I later decided on something better than a notepad: a mobile app.

Cover Screen of my App
Cover Screen of my App

With phones never farther than an arms reach away, and fatalities rather complex to memorize for every situation, this app will simplify fatalities and make them more accessible to everyone. The interface has a brief explanation page that explains the “code” used to convey each button pressed. Each page beyond that is every character playable in the game, arranged in alphabetical order for easiest access. The idea of this app is so you can pick your character and load the app while the match loads or quickly after a victory to cash in your well earned fatality.

A look into the explanation of the language used in the app for the command prompts
A look into the explanation of the language used in the app for the command prompts

As a bonus, I’ve also added an event calendar for the release of MKX; if I get an overwhelming positive response to the app, I will consider updating the app to accommodate the new game fatalities, and maybe even the brutalities. For now, you can access the app right here.

Is Super Smash Brothers a Fighting Game?

Super Smash Brother for the WiiU
Super Smash Brother for the WiiU

One of the most heated debates within the Fighting Game Community is whether or not Smash Brothers is a fighting game. For many people, it’s solely regarded as a party game, but the emergence of SSB Melee and its very fighter-like mechanics made some people begin to take it more seriously. It made it’s debut at EVO in 2007, and again in 2013,2014, and will be there again in 2015. There’s clearly some competition going on in the Smash community, but is it comparable to other Fighting Game giants like Marvel versus Capcom 3, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Guilty Gear Xrd, Tekken, etc?

Smash Brothers Melee
Super Smash Brothers Melee

One of the main differences argued over is the general layout is very unlike a fighting game. The goal in most fighting games is to deplete your opponents life bar by dealing more damage than they deal to you. In SSBM, there is a platform in the sky and the players must ring each other out. The more damage one player has on him, the easier it is for him/her to get rung out, losing a life (in Smash tournament play, each player gets 4 lives). This style of play is so diverse from the traditional fighting game stages, which generally involve a flat plane with walls on either side.

However, despite the difference in stage and style of play, the basics of a fighting game is present. The competitive play, the blocks, the grabs, the reads, the punishes, combos, it’s all there. There is even a 9 part documentary about the competitive world of Smash Brothers and the players who live off the scene, called The Smash Brothers. The debate has never been entirely settled, and may never be, but in my personal opinion I think it is without a doubt a fighter. What do you think? Leave your thoughts on what you think about Super Smash Brothers, and what you would like to see next!

The Smash Brothers is a 9 part Documentary all about the competitive SSBM scene and its main players
The Smash Brothers is a 9 part Documentary all about the competitive SSBM scene and its main players