Joker's Fatality Toned Down For Teen-Friendly 'Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe'

'Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe'Hey, remember that killer move we saw the Joker use on an opponent in "Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe" back in August? Remember how much we -- and so many other sites -- were raving about the Clown Prince of Crime's "fatality"? Well, go ahead and commit it to memory, because it isn't making the final cut of the game.

According to Kotaku, the Joker won't be gunning down opponents with the brutal detail first seen in preview clips. That sequence, along with at least one of the game's other fatalities, has been toned down by developers in order to garner a "T" rating (for teens) from the Entertainment Software Rating Board on the project, instead of Mortal Kombat's typical "M" (mature) fare. Achieving a teen-friendly rating was a cornerstone of the partnership between Warner Bros. and Midway.

As for how the moves were altered for the final release, the details provide some insight into exactly what makes a video game "mature content."

Kotaku reports that in the new sequence, Joker still uses his prank gun initially, and a "BANG!" flag appears. However, the sequence then departs from the original fatality in that the Joker now shoots his opponent in the face off-screen.

The other move that was revised was Kitana's double-fan impalement, which involved her stabbing her opponent in the torso and forehead. The latter of these moves was flagged by the ESRB, and now the character puts both fans in her opponent's chest -- a more teen-friendly way to finish someone off, apparently.

Are you sad to see the Joker's headhsot fatality get blown away? Are you still looking forward to "Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe"? What do you think about the changes necessary to achieve a T-rated game? Sound off in the comments!