Louis Hughes’ Favorite Games of All Time: Killer Instinct (SNES)

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Me and fighting games have an interesting history I would like to share, but for now, let’s focus on Killer Instinct (SNES) game. After censoring the violence in Mortal Kombat, Nintendo had become the company for ‘kid-friendly’ games. Despite keeping the violence in its sequels, it’s a stigma they can never remove. I first learned about the game in a Nintendo Power VHS tape promoting Donkey Kong Country and the game was shown in the after credits.

Christmas of 1995 I was fortunate to get two games instead of one. While the arcade version was available, I didn’t play it until after I got the SNES version. The instruction booklet was nice to give you info on how to moves and combos. It wasn’t until I played the arcade version and got defeated by the older kids that I purchased the strategy guide.

I would take the book with me to places where I would normally bring my Gameboy to kill time. It also dawned on me why fighting fans would buy the console version. They used the console version as practice, so when playing the arcade version they knew the moves. That’s what happened to me. After reading the guide and practicing the combos, the older kids would be shocked when I defeated them. I also noticed after the success of Killer Instinct, other fighting games started to add combos as part of the gameplay, but the c-c-c-combo breaker is what made this fighting game stand out.

Seeing this game come in a black cartridge makes it stand out in my collection. The biggest thing for me was the Killer Cuts CD that came with the game. At the time, CDs were the new source for music and I didn’t own a CD player, so I used my parent’s boom box. If I want to revisit the 90s, I listen to this album and because of that, I jumped on board with buying music CDs, until the early 2000s when everything started to trend to digital.

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