March 31st, 2011
11:39 AM CST -
TerryMasters over at Classic MK just obtained what could possibly be one of the rarest Mortal Kombat games ever. When buying a rare networked version of NBA Jam he also got a free bonus Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 Wolf-Unit board included in his box. While inspecting the board he saw some writing of "TR2" on the EEPROMs that made him wonder if this was maybe the super rare WaveNET version of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3? Well when that board powered up it appeared to actually be a prototype Mortal Kombat Trilogy arcade board!



He doesn't show us much at this point, but is promising more stuff to come. But you can see the attract mode video now has Raiden as well as the Pit 1 background added into it. So this is either the best April Fools joke ever, or a glimpse into the rarest arcade version of Mortal Kombat to make it into the hands of the public. If you are like me and can't wait to see more, keep an eye on TerryMaster's YouTube for new videos as he releases them!

Updated 4/1/2011: Earlier today TerryMasters uploaded a new video showing MAME running the dumped ROMs which you can see below.



In the video he attached a URL to a set of ROMs that no one was able to get to work. After some further investigation I found the files were not ROMs afterall, but rather RAR files. I renamed them a bit and uncovered the video it contained that looks like the following:



So yeah it wound up being the most elaborate April Fools joke yet in the Mortal Kombat community and we applaud TerryMasters for his efforts. Very well done, even if it is a bit disappointing to not be real.

Reader Komments from the TRMK Forums:



March 31st, 2011 11:41 AM CST - Tim Static
my mind = BLOWN
March 31st, 2011 11:43 AM CST - Alisa
I am seriously sobbing right now. This is awesome.
March 31st, 2011 12:37 PM CST - jarvis653
OMG Speechless.
March 31st, 2011 12:51 PM CST - DCR
If this is serious, it's awesome as shit.
March 31st, 2011 1:03 PM CST - xrodney
hope he shares the roms
March 31st, 2011 1:09 PM CST - gamemk
edited and snipped
March 31st, 2011 1:56 PM CST - WFMMK
It doesn't look too real to me...
March 31st, 2011 2:42 PM CST - Blackcyborg
I'm sure this is just a nice April Fool's Joke, but if it was real, that's pretty damn awesome.
March 31st, 2011 5:14 PM CST - reptilesmile
10 characters
March 31st, 2011 5:18 PM CST - Kelsper
Setting up for the cruellest April Fool's joke ever? I hope not.
March 31st, 2011 5:23 PM CST - antwanboldin69@yahoo.com
I dont get it. Whats the big deal?
March 31st, 2011 6:08 PM CST - Patrick McCarron
I think this old Trilogy commercial could have actually been sourced by that arcade port.
Thanks to @AbdulBCRT on Twitter.
March 31st, 2011 6:40 PM CST - AkumaStreak
Patrick -- I don't think so. Frame rate looks too low (despite video encoding) -- prob. from the PlayStation version (I owned it, so just going on my bad memory). Also, the characters look smaller than I would expect them to be in an arcade version (based on their size in MK3/UMK3). Still hoping this is real though -- would be a great find!
March 31st, 2011 6:50 PM CST - AkumaStreak
p.s. -- the palette also looks like the PSX version in the Trilogy commercial, imo. I know recording/video encoding makes such observations largely moot, but I'm just going on a hunch. For the SAME reasons (specifically, the size of the characters), I think the YouTube video looks legit (my 2 cents). Also, it's not April 1st yet -- wouldn't that beak some cardinal rule of April Fool'in?!
March 31st, 2011 6:56 PM CST - Patrick McCarron
The height looks okay to me, and the video quality you really can't make any judgements on due to encoding, etc. The thing that struck me in that commercial was how similar it was to UMK3 arcade (character select screen, main menu, etc) and it even has KREDITS 5 on the main menu. But it also has an OPTIONS item on the Main Menu. I haven't played MKT in years, but I don't remember it having a credits system.
April 1st, 2011 12:39 AM CST - Patrick McCarron
The one difference I see between the TerryMasters video and the Commercial video is that it's RAIDEN on Terry's video and RAYDEN on the MKT Commercial like it is in the real MKT home game. So I guess that the commercial may actually be an early build of the home version. Drat.
April 1st, 2011 1:29 AM CST - Eks
Originally Posted by : Patrick McCarron
The one difference I see between the TerryMasters video and the Commercial video is that it's RAIDEN on Terry's video and RAYDEN on the MKT Commercial like it is in the real MKT home game. So I guess that the commercial may actually be an early build of the home version. Drat.
The characters are smaller, too. That was immediately apparent to me. Edit: Actually, they don't.
April 1st, 2011 3:37 AM CST - Strangea
Originally Posted by : antwanboldin69@yahoo.com
I dont get it. Whats the big deal?
I agree... It's neat and all, but I don't see what the whole shebang is.
April 1st, 2011 9:20 AM CST - PrinceScorpion
Check it out guys some game play footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUgDvt0JSiA&feature=feedu
April 1st, 2011 9:34 AM CST - Tim Static
Originally Posted by : antwanboldin69@yahoo.com
I dont get it. Whats the big deal?
Originally Posted by : Strangea
I agree... It's neat and all, but I don't see what the whole shebang is.
Turn in your badges. you're both fired.
April 1st, 2011 9:52 AM CST - tarmanalf
Fake. There is not one single stitch of proof here. Were taking his work about the rom chip titles, all we see is the title screen and the gameplay could have come from anything. Show us the board and show us game play on an actual machine. Happy April everyone.
April 1st, 2011 9:55 AM CST - thegreengiant
amazing, (hope it not a april fools joke) i really want too see the select a character screen now. I heard rumors on this board existence. One of the great finds in mk/arcade in the world.
April 1st, 2011 10:06 AM CST - Eks
Originally Posted by : tarmanalf
Fake. There is not one single stitch of proof here. Were taking his work about the rom chip titles, all we see is the title screen and the gameplay could have come from anything. Show us the board and show us game play on an actual machine. Happy April everyone.
What else would it be since Raiden's name is spelled differently in this version than the console versions?
April 1st, 2011 10:40 AM CST - Patrick McCarron
It's an April Fools Day joke, check the first post I've updated it.
April 1st, 2011 11:45 AM CST - NathanEHarvey
What was the the greatness supposed to be? Just some kharacters that weren't actually in the game? Pardon my ignorance...
April 1st, 2011 11:59 AM CST - Eks
Well TerryMasters is an extreme butthole, then.
April 1st, 2011 12:25 PM CST - Patrick McCarron
Originally Posted by : Eks
Well TerryMasters is an extreme butthole, then.
No I actually think he did a great job with the video, knew it had to be too good to be true but he did a great job.
April 1st, 2011 2:06 PM CST - Eks
Originally Posted by : Patrick McCarron
No I actually think he did a great job with the video, knew it had to be too good to be true but he did a great job.
I know he did. I was disappointed at first, but gotta give him props for adding intricacies that made it believable. Not really a fan of Trilogy, so it's not a big deal in the end.
April 1st, 2011 6:19 PM CST - Tim Static
Maybe one of the best MK April Fool's Day joke ever. Very well done. Oh, and if this was something TRUE, it could have re-defined MKT as something halfway decent. Good shit, Terry.
April 1st, 2011 7:25 PM CST - subzerosmokerai
So no MKT arcade prototype exists at all? No Ultra rare MKT board? Well, okay then. Good one though, I believed him.
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