Mortal Kombat Tournament Edition is not a sequel to Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance but rather a sister game. It takes place during the same time frame.
The story in Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition is pretty good, although it is very close to MK’s storyline: DA. Quan Chi’s, Shang Sung’s, and Scorpion’s endings are the same (since they are the only characters in this game from MK: DA), and Quan Chi and Shang Sung are doing the same thing to take over the Earth Realm that they did in MK: DA. But all of the other characters in this game are new to the GBA, making the story a little different (when seeing their endings). So, in the end, the story is pretty good, but since it isn’t original, it isn’t the best.
Like any other Mortal Kombat, you choose one of fifteen characters and fight various special moves and combination attacks. There’s ”Arcade” mode, where you fight twelve of the game’s characters, two of which are adamant bosses, ”Tag Team” mode, which is a cool innovation to this series where you choose two characters and fight against six other teams of two. ”Survival”, where you must defeat as many opponents as you can without dying, and ”Tournament”, which is a large scale tournament between you and the computer, or you and up to four friends.
This is a beautiful game to pick up, play, and have fun with. It lasts a long time due to a new addition called ”The Krypt”, where you spend currency you get winning battles and use it to buy new costumes, moves, stages, and characters.
There are only two downsides to this game: Raiden, Cyrax, and Quan Chi have very easy to use and powerful combo attacks that can beat most game modes for you. Plus, the difficulty is giant here. This game can go from ridiculously easy to Gameboy-throwing difficult in a matter of rounds. The opponents are cheap and ridiculous in later levels, and button-mashing sometimes is in order on the bosses.