March 21st, 2011
11:26 PM CST -
On Saturday the Mortal Kombat Truck Tour rolled through Plano, Texas and brought a special passenger, the Mortal Kombat (2011) Tournament Edition Arcade Stick. The version on the truck was labeled a prototype and was lacking a few finishing details that will be on the final retail edition. However, from what we noticed, it was extremely well-built and made of melamine-laminated MDF. The stick is being manufactured by PDP and designed in close conjunction with NetherRealm Studios. We were able to get our hands-on the sturdy arcade stick and filed this video preview of the prototype Xbox 360 version.




While this was the Xbox 360 version of the Tournament Edition arcade stick, the truck tour trailer was only equipped with Playstation 3 consoles. We did try to see what would happen if we plugged in the Xbox 360 controller to the Playstation 3. The controller's guide button lit up and the screen displayed an unknown USB device connected error message. So, we were unable to see how the game played with the arcade stick, but NetherRealm Studios has said all along that Mortal Kombat (2011) has been designed specifically for using the arcade stick.





The build quality was great and the size was very wide. The attention to detail was prevalent even in this prototype version. For example, there is a dragon pattern etched throughout the gold piano hinge that really looked amazing. It was a heavy and stout arcade stick that had a decent amount of stiffness in the bat-top stick handle. Those who have pre-ordered the Tournament Edition will definitely not be disappointed with their purchase.

Reader Komments from the TRMK Forums:



March 21st, 2011 11:36 PM CST - Blackcyborg
Awesome video, thanks! I've been waiting to get a nice look at the arcade stick in video form while someone shows off the size compared when one actually holds it. Definitely looks great. I am not huge into arcade sticks, but I knew this was a must have. I am definitely glad I told my gf to get me it for my bday. Heh. Also, forgot to point out how funny the ending sounded. "It's probably...not a bad deal..." lol Considering most sticks cost $100-$150, and the stick itself has a $150 price tag if bought on it's own, I think it's pretty great deal being only $90.
March 21st, 2011 11:38 PM CST - Jinko
The attention to detail is amazing - dragon engravings, protective plastic for the guts, etc. Great quality indeed. I can't wait to get my hands on one.
March 22nd, 2011 12:07 AM CST - hyabusha
Thanks Jeff for making this video. I'm sooooo excited to get my hands on It!! ^_^
March 22nd, 2011 12:22 AM CST - DarkarNights
I can't wait to my hands on this beast of a stick!
March 22nd, 2011 12:55 AM CST - ***_SPITFIRE_***
This thing isent wireless????
March 22nd, 2011 1:23 AM CST - Blackcyborg
Originally Posted by : ***_SPITFIRE_***
This thing isent wireless????
I've heard arcade sticks are more responsive and reliable when they are wired. So it makes sense.
March 22nd, 2011 1:29 AM CST - ***_SPITFIRE_***
Still, you should have the option
March 22nd, 2011 2:30 AM CST - truendymion
OMG I got a chance to put my hands on this stick back when the truck tour came to LA. Its so beautiful! Why didn't I get the TE edition?! WHY!?!?!?!?!
Originally Posted by : ***_SPITFIRE_***
Still, you should have the option
Thank god its not wireless! Wireless sticks are useless.
March 22nd, 2011 2:46 AM CST - MasterSys
Originally Posted by : ***_SPITFIRE_***
Still, you should have the option
It's a case with fighters where instant input reaction needs to happen, Wireless has gotten good with it over the years with the introduction of Bluetooth and whatnot, but It's not as reliable compared to a Wired connection, I think people would rather have it wired to play it safe rather than playing online with a wireless stick and get occurances of input delay.
March 22nd, 2011 3:19 AM CST - Viking_Poodle
Hrm, this one is slightly different than the one they had in LA. I distinctly remember that golden bar where the latch is. It wasn't just gold, it had an engraving on it too. Something along the lines of MK9 with a dragon between the k and the 9. Or something like that. It definitely wasn't blank. Odd. It still looks amazing. And makes me even happier I splurged and bought it.
March 22nd, 2011 7:11 AM CST - jbell0129
yea this is awesome, im so glad i put up the money and got it!
March 22nd, 2011 7:48 AM CST - reptilesmile
got mine preordered
March 22nd, 2011 9:27 AM CST - sandoval57
I thought that the tournament sticks were limited to 20,000 that was one of the reasons I decided to buy one. Now it appears that they change their mind and started making more.
March 22nd, 2011 10:27 AM CST - jbell0129
U know those jokers lied abt that one. I never believed it in the first place. I'm glad I got mine from Walmart BC the game stop dude was like just get a KE and see if we have at TE left over on opening day. Sent from my Droid using Tapatalk
March 22nd, 2011 2:10 PM CST - DragonVenom
Can't wait to see how this performs in gameplay. This thing needs to prove that it is worth $150 in performance over a normal gamepad. I cannot reliably use this stick for any game other than Mortal Kombat. Looks great though.
March 22nd, 2011 2:57 PM CST - Mike Riazy
Im glad I picked up the TE edition. Btw...is that techno syndrome I hear in the background?
March 22nd, 2011 4:37 PM CST - Patrick McCarron
Originally Posted by : sandoval57
I thought that the tournament sticks were limited to 20,000 that was one of the reasons I decided to buy one. Now it appears that they change their mind and started making more.
20,000 Mortal Kombat Tournament Editions for the US. There are not any more of those coming out. The nice thing about the video Jeff shot is we know how long the cable will be for the stick, as you can get a cable as long as you want to get. Like this 10ft cable: http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=103&cp_id=10303&cs_id=1030302&p_id=3897&seq=1&format=1#largeimage
March 22nd, 2011 6:52 PM CST - THEundying27
I assume the RT button is block. And the LB button is grab/throw. What about performing the XRAY? Isnt that the LT RT buttons? If it is then thats gonna be a pain in the ass to pull off.
March 22nd, 2011 7:20 PM CST - Aldo Moreno
I am glad I preordered mine. Those are going to be rare in a few years.
March 22nd, 2011 7:41 PM CST - Eks
****ing memory foam??? That's awesome. I'm gonna add some to my MadCatz.
March 22nd, 2011 7:57 PM CST - Patrick McCarron
Originally Posted by : THEundying27
I assume the RT button is block. And the LB button is grab/throw. What about performing the XRAY? Isnt that the LT RT buttons? If it is then thats gonna be a pain in the ass to pull off.
You can also do FK+BL+BK to do the X-ray. So just the bottom three buttons.
March 25th, 2011 1:18 AM CST - THEundying27
@McCarron- or maybe if we have the option to change the "run button" to LT. I think it would be easier to pull of the xray with the block button and the"run button". I'm sure once I have the stick in my possession ill figure out what's best for me. Can't you also grab/throw with Square and X together? I'm pretty sure you can but I'm not 100 percent. Can you confirm Pat?
March 25th, 2011 11:32 AM CST - Eugen Popovici
Damn! Really excited about this being released soon!
March 25th, 2011 4:43 PM CST - Gres33Neo
I am pretty sure that once this new MK comes out, that's when we will see the HD Arcade Kollection surface. It only makes sense that this tournament arcade stick is set up for mainly MK games and that they will release the other HD Kollection after this. I would hope they do anyways, I paid for my Tournament Edition and I hope to get good use out of it for $150.
March 27th, 2011 9:42 AM CST - Mike Riazy
Originally Posted by : THEundying27
I assume the RT button is block. And the LB button is grab/throw. What about performing the XRAY? Isnt that the LT RT buttons? If it is then thats gonna be a pain in the ass to pull off.
You can re map the buttons. You can use LB as LT instead There are different ways to throw besides the throw button.
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