Coventry mortal kombat guy gets own retro video game  - The Coventry Observer

Coventry mortal kombat guy gets own retro video game 

Holly Clement 29th Jun, 2024   0

A COVENTRY mortal kombat guy and character in a retro video game, is having an arcade machine made in honour of his character.

The video game industry may be booming with high-budget releases, but it’s the allure of retro gaming that’s capturing hearts anew. Amidst this nostalgic resurgence, Coventry has discovered its very own gaming legend: Ian McCranor, known in the industry as the ‘British Mortal Kombat guy.’

Craig Marlow, owner of The Retro Realm Arcade in Walsall, West Midlands, said “It’s not the new games that people are excited about.

“New games can cost tens of millions to produce, making them increasingly expensive for consumers.

“Many gamers, especially older ones, prefer the simplicity and nostalgia of retro video games.”

The Retro Realm, set to open its doors to the public in July, promises a haven for these enthusiasts.

With all machines set to Free Play, visitors can enjoy unlimited credits and a vast array of classic consoles like the Megadrive, SNES, NES, and more, for an entrance fee.

Making the opening even more special is the presence of Ian McCranor, a former England Karate International competitor who played Angus MacGregor in the 1994 Atari Jaguar game, Kasumi Ninja.

Ian’s role in the game, is now being celebrated as part of the retro gaming revival.

Craig Marlow added: “Released in 1992 by Midway, Mortal Kombat was a massive success, with arcade machines everywhere and home console versions flying off the shelves.

“Characters from the game became celebrities in their own right.”

However, Kasumi Ninja missed this wave of popularity due to poor marketing and limited console reach.

Craig aims to rectify this by giving Angus MacGregor and Kasumi Ninja the spotlight they missed out on decades ago.

Organiser of the UK’s largest retro gaming convention, Revival Retro Events, plans to produce a special Kasumi Ninja arcade machine.

Ian, who has recently experienced a surge in recognition, said: “I’m totally blown away by everything that has happened over the last twelve months.

“The response at the Midwest Gaming Classic convention in Milwaukee and online has been incredible.

“With an entertainment agent now securing more appearances, the revival of Angus MacGregor could go anywhere.”


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