The iconic Mortal Kombat logo was almost a fatality

The Mortal Kombat logo on an underwater background
(Image credit: Midway Games / Hal Beral via Getty Images)

The Mortal Kombat logo defined an era of gaming. The yin and yang-like dragon silhouette against a sunset gradient seemed to perfectly represent one of the biggest gaming franchises of the early nineties. It felt dark, brooding and mystical. But, apparently, it was almost the game's first fatality.

Mortal Kombat's co-creator John Tobias has revealed that he almost went back to the drawing board because of a comment from his sister about one of his original sketches the design. The problem? She saw the fearsome dragon as a harmless seahorse (Mortal Kombat 11 doesn't make it to the list, but see our picks of the best Nintendo Switch games and the best PS5 games if you're looking for something new to play).

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.