Here's a blast from the past for all you old skool kombatants, and for the new kids something they most likely didn't even know existed.
Most of you know of the rumored "Nimbus Terrafaux" in the Genesis version of MK1 (a supposed ultra hidden African American kick boxer character, proven to be a hoax), not to mention the fabled Warrior Shrine Ermac battle in MK1 (proven to be an odd glitch). And if you don't... well now you do!
Well I found these screen grabs in some ancient EGM issues buried deep in a box in my basement, and since I don't think I've ever seen them posted anywhere online like ever, I thought I'd fix that:
Ok, now gather 'round kiddie winkies for Speculation Hour with SOL-740!
The Nimbus screen shots are taken from an EGM dated March of '94, and the Ermac one from October '93. The Ermac one was rather infamous back in its day, taken from a Polaroid by a Tony Casey (Remember him? He bacame something of an "underground MK celebrity" for all of three or four months, if that, because of this pic.), or so he claims. The Nimbus screen shots come by way of one Tom Grace.
Now here's the hiccup: since Nimbus has been conclusively proven to not exist, how in the utter hell were these screenshots mocked up? We're talkin’ late 1993/early 1994 here, looooong before our friend Photoshop would become a common household item. Any thoughts?
And also, while there IS a glitch character in MK1 known as Ermac (short for Error Macro), is this screen shot legit? I don't remember if the game actually called the glitch character Ermac or not, and it is very suspicious that everything, except the name is obscured. As a matter of fact the name seems to be particularly brightened in the photo for clear identification. Like the Nimbus screens, if this was a fake then how was this mock-up accomplished long prior to the advent of a copy of Photoshop in every other household?
Could it just be that the masterminds behind both photos were early computer wiz kids? Seems like an awful stretch, but that's all I'm coming up with. Also important to add that the Nimbus screen shots were sent to EGM via an IBM disk, making a strong case for early computer forgery. Anyone with a firmer grasp of MK/computer software history than I have anything to offer?
And then there's the REALLY scary question: since one can only conclude that the Nimbus pics were fabricated by Mr. Grace, then exactly who the hell IS that guy playing the part of Terrafaux? Is he a friend of Tom Grace? A relative? Ripped from another obscure as all hell video game? I hold out hope that someone out there in the great wide web can provide some answers, or at least plausible theories. All we do know for sure is that whoever he is, he's sporting one of the most ridiculous moustaches since this guy.
In the meantime all we can do is wonder: who was that black man?