Ed Boon's Fandom of Tekken Evident in Later Mortal Kombat Games!
Ed Boon producer of Mortal Kombat is a Tekken fan. He had admitted that he is a Tekken fan and the PS2 up to the recent Mortal Kombat series obviously had some Tekken influence. Tekken was influenced by Virtua Fighter then later, Street Fighter and some of Capcom's characters (Heihachi is a Dr. Wily inspired character, later Asuka and Lili are like Sakura and Karin). So far, here's what I have noticed were taken directly from Tekken (note that Shang Tsung's actor Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa also played Heihachi in that failed Tekken movie):
Mortal Kombat Deception featured the final boss as a True Ogre inspired character. The Dragon King's design in the ending of Raiden in Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance was different. We ended up seeing Onaga as a True Ogre inspired villain instead.
Mortal Kombat vs. DC ditched the three fighting stances in favor of a Tekken-esque gameplay which one button responded to each limb like Tekken's series. It has the left punch, right punch, left kick and right kick which made the game more accessible and masher friendly without being too shallow at the same time.
Sonya Blade would later would look like Nina Williams in Mortal Kombat 2011. I would admit that she also looks like Cammy from the Street Fighter II V Anime. Even her fatality felt like a reference to Cammy's string in the Anime. Coincidence anyone?
A new character named Kotal Kahn is added into Mortal Kombat X who looks like Ogre from Tekken 3, also he has the Aztec feel going on with him at the same time. What makes it interesting is that Tekken 3 takes 19 years after Tekken 2. What was interesting also is that Mortal Kombat X takes place 25 years from Mortal Kombat 2011.