What happens when the cartoony hijinks of Smash Bros. gets swapped out with Mortal Kombat's hyperrealistic ultraviolence? We now know, thanks to YouTube user Sterling, who masterfully cut together a few of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U's most iconic attacks with some of Mortal Kombat X's most disturbing super moves.
It's hard to put a finger on what's so upsetting about this: Is it the idea of the otherwise kind-hearted Little Mac breaking every rib in Ganondorf's body? Is it the awful crunching sound Mario's skull makes when the Dark Lord fractures it into discrete pieces? Who can say, but for whatever reason, this is somehow one of the most viscerally upsetting videos to hit YouTube in a while. Which makes it that much weirder that we can't stop watching it.
Mortal Kombat X: Brutalities montage