This game was the first Midway release to use the DCS Sound System. Kintaro was originally intended to be a humanoid tiger, similar to the creature in Japanese mythology. This idea was scrapped, however, due to the fact that creating the costume would not have been feasable. However, thanks to this original idea, the Shokan we know as Kintaro has the tiger stripes on his back. John Tobias once said that the friendships were created as a parody of the bad opinions that many expressed about the fatality concept. Many players claimed to have seen Sub-Zero morph into a polar bear in Mortal Kombat II. This may have been the origin of animalities used in Mortal Kombat 3 and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.