May 1st, 2012
11:49 AM CST -
It is now officially May 1st and you can now buy Mortal Kombat for the PlayStation Vita at your local and online retailers. It should be made available for direct download to your Vita via the PlayStation Network late afternoon (Central Time).

To celebrate Warner Bros and NetherRealm also released a brand new trailer for the game, check it out below.

We also were lucky enough to get our hands on an advanced copy of the game to prepare a comprehensive review for you, our readers. Overall we feel the game is the best portable version of any Mortal Kombat game to date, despite taking a necessary graphical step backwards from it's big console brother. Not only does the game play just like Mortal Kombat (2011), it also delivers even more content and features for a lower price tag. We rated it a 4 out of 5 but be sure to read our complete review for even more details.

We're not alone either in our feelings it seems. As reviews are showing up online everywhere and the overall consensus is pretty positive. Here's a quick recap of reviews so far and their scores, we will add more as they come in through out the day.

To wrap things up here is the official Press Release from Warner Bros on the Release of the Game.


Burbank, Calif. – May 1, 2012 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios announced today the exclusive release of Mortal Kombat for the PlayStation®Vita handheld system in North America. Making its debut on the new handheld device, the acclaimed fighting franchise delivers lethal action to gamers on-the-go, priced at $39.99.

“Mortal Kombat for PlayStation®Vita allows us to bring the best possible fighting experience to our loyal fans - anytime, anywhere,” said Ed Boon, Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios. “The game runs at a seamless 60 frames per second, and provides unique gameplay modes and features that take advantage of PlayStation®Vita’s exciting new hardware capabilities. Mortal Kombat for PlayStation®Vita is the ultimate portable fighting game and provides hours of fun for mobile gamers.”

Selling more than three million units worldwide, the reinvention of the franchise was released on consoles in 2011. Mortal Kombat became the highest-selling fighting game of the year and won numerous “Best Fighting Game of 2011” awards, including Spike TV’s 2011 Video Game Awards, Game Informer, Official Xbox Magazine and

Bringing new and exclusive content to the PS Vita system, this edition of Mortal Kombat offers over-the-top fatalities and cringe-worthy X-ray moves. Players will get to test themselves with 150 brand new Challenge Tower missions, including touchscreen Fatalities, Test Your Slice and Test Your Balance. Players can also take the fight to their friends wherever they go with local multiplayer using ad-hoc connectivity or against friends near and far with a Wi-Fi connection.

The legendary fighting game is now available exclusively for the PS Vita system in North America.
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Reader Komments from the TRMK Forums:

May 1st, 2012 12:37 PM CST - THE JOHNNY ROOK
FIRST! Great review, btw... who is this, did I skip something while reading? Nm, it is Kenshi.
May 1st, 2012 12:40 PM CST - Patrick McCarron
Originally Posted by : THE JOHNNY ROOK
FIRST! Great review, btw... who is this, did I skip something while reading?
That's Kenshi's alt costume. I like it a lot. I tried to mix in the new content randomly like that.
May 1st, 2012 3:59 PM CST - squirrelpion
that was exhaustive! damn! i want to get a vita and mk now. thanks for putting so much into this pat.
May 1st, 2012 5:37 PM CST - TaBB3rnackle92
Great review!! For sure picking this and a vita up now, possibly sometime this week. I can't let all that content go untouched by me, and test your slice looks loads of fun. Count me IN.
May 6th, 2012 12:07 PM CST - BYoung
Great review, Pat! This game is the whole reason I decided to get a Vita, and it doesn't disappoint. I love it.
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