May 2nd, 1998
12:00 PM CST -
Three members of the Imagine Games Network, Next-Generation Online, IGN64, and Ultra Game Players Online, have updated their coverage of the N64 port of Mortal Kombat 4 with new movies and screenshots.
12:01 PM CST -
The Final Revision of TRMK's Mortal Kombat 4 Fullscale Text FAQ covering Arcade Revision 3, written by The IceMaster, is now available for download via the WWW, FTP, and the alt.games.mk USENET Newsgroup. The Fullscale Text FAQ for Nintendo 64, Sony PlayStation, and Windows 95 versions of Mortal Kombat 4 will be available this June
May 4th, 1998
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MK4 Lead Programmer, Ed Boon, has made available a MK4 Home preview movie on his site at Noob.com that reveals many home specific features. Thanks Jason.
May 6th, 1998
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Game Informer has updated their Preview of MK4 for the N64 with nine new screenshots. Some new information, which we revealed quite a while ago, is also included in the update. Also, there are quite a few things we must correct them on, and we can assure you that these are 100% solid facts: First off, it is definitely stored on a 128Megabit (16MegaByte) cart, not a 96Megabit (12MegaByte) cart, there's no "possibly" on this. Secondly, all ports were done by Eurocom, not in-house at Midway (just a minor mistake as they continue to refer to it as Midway's work, and has left "Created by: Midway Home Entertainment" at the top -- they will market and distribute the game, they had no involvement in the conversion). Third, there are a total of three hidden characters, not two, Noob Saibot has been added (and the particular few of you who still refuse to believe he is present in the home versions can prepare to see him on your own TV screen this summer). These corrections are in no way meant to be insults directed at the credibility of Game Informer magazine, we agree they're great at what they do. We only felt it necessary to clear up the facts on MK4's home versions, because we believe you, our readers, deserve to know the truth when we know it.
May 7th, 1998
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IGN64 has a few new screenshots and movies on their Preview of Mortal Kombat 4's Nintendo64 port. Some of the screenshots can give you an idea of what the Practice Mode is like, including its features such as the on-screen move list, as previously reported by TRMK
May 14th, 1998
12:00 PM CST -
The HTML Version of our Moves List is now up to date with every move and fatality found in Revision 3. Don't forget, if you need something to print out for the arcade, check out our Printable Mini Moves List for Revision 3. This moves list isn't like any other bogus mini moves list. Special consideration has been taken to make sure that this moves list is easily readable and fits on 2 pages.
May 15th, 1998
12:00 PM CST -
The May issue of Game Informer Magazine, which you can find at a FuncoLand near you, features The Realm of Mortal Kombat as Website of the Month for the month of May. We would like to thank the editors of Game Informer, but most importantly, you, our readers. TRMK would not be website of the month if it wasn't for our loyal readers who demand facts and not speculation like the other sites serve up. To give you a look into the future, we're hard at work creating a massive Complete Guide to Mortal Kombat 4: The Home Versions. It utilizes the latest Cascading Style Sheets and Dynamic HTML technologies, so Internet Explorer 4.01 is necessary to view the HTML portion of it. If you don't have Internet Explorer 4.01 then you can still check out the text version cranked out by TRMK's IceMaster. Once again, thank you for your support over the year, we're just getting started.
12:01 PM CST -
Noob.com, Ed Boon's website, has updated his MK4 Home Preview with a demonstration movie of the Playstation's rendered endings. The movie comes in 2 diffrent formats and resolutions. Also, Ed also put up a screenshot of Noob Saibot to squash any disbelievers of what he told TRMK about Noob appearing in the home versions
May 16th, 1998
12:00 PM CST -
Big thanks to MKX who noticed that we had made our first goof up ever on our moves lists with Shinnok's Goro's Lair fatality. Both the HTML and Mini Moves lists have been corrected in order to make sure that you aren't misinformed. The error started at the Mini Moves list and was transfered over to the HTML list when it was updated using the moves in the Mini Moves list. Again, thanks to MKX for their help in our effort to keep our content as accurate as possible
May 17th, 1998
12:00 PM CST -
If you didn't watch Mortal Kombat the movie on TBS tonight, you missed out on an excellent MK4 Home systems' commercial. There is a slight chance that we will have a downloadable movie of this commercial. Oh, and to all you skeptics out there, the commercial mentioned Windows95 CD-Rom as a platform for MK4.
12:01 PM CST -
TRMK Presents: the second addition to our Movie Gallery, a 320x240 AVI of the TV commercial featured on TBS during the world broadcast premier of Mortal Kombat the movie. There is no sound in this movie due to technical difficulties on our part; however, most of the audio in the commercial did not reveal any significant information. Head over to our Movie Gallery and check it out
May 18th, 1998
12:00 PM CST -
This Press Release from Midway reveals their new marketing plans for the Nintendo64 version of Mortal Kombat 4. The MSRP has dropped from $59.95 to $49.95, and the game's street date has been pushed back to June 29th.
May 19th, 1998
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Last night a hacker group altered the front page of Mortalkombat.com, Threshold Entertainment's website for their Mortal Kombat related productions. The page was grafittied with South Park references and hacker cultural clichés. It appears the rest of the site is intact
12:00 PM CST -
Gamespot News debuts pictures of Meat on the Nintendo64 in their article. Also included in the article are pictures and descriptions of the alternate costumes of Cage, Sonya, Kai, and Scorpion
12:01 PM CST -
TRMK has confimed that the two black and white characters in Ed Boon's Preview AVI and the hooded character in the MK4 TV Commercial are indeed Noob Saibot in his two alternate costumes. Make no mistake, Noob has a total of 3 costumes. They are not 2 different characters
May 20th, 1998
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Since we were hit with an overwhelming barrage of requests for sound and QuickTime formats, TRMK has released 4 more movies into our Movie Gallery of the MK4 TV Commercial. These new movies have full sound and are in 320x240 or 240x180 resolutions in both QuickTime or AVI formats. If you had been wondering we traced the problem with our capturing equiptment to a faulty audio cable.
May 21st, 1998
12:00 PM CST -
TRMK now has the MK4 TV Commercial available in RealPlayer 5.0 streaming format. We know that you've probably already downloaded the QuickTime and AVI versions of the MK4 Commercial from our Movie Gallery. Basically this video is a test to tryout the technology at TRMK. It's not a very large download compared to the QuickTime and AVI versions, please check it out if you have a relatively fast connection and have RealPlayer 5.0.
56kbps Streaming Video   128kbps Streaming Video

12:01 PM CST -
Special thanks to ]{ombat over at http://www.kombat.com who found out some specific information regarding MK Krusaders, the one hour live action tv series based on Mortal Kombat. The series will be produced by Threshold Entertainment and filmed on the grounds of Florida Splendid China and broadcasted on the WB Network. Fans will be able to watch the filming at the park and will be allowed to take pictures while the action is being filmed. Check out the interview with Scott A. Shaw, Vice President of CTS Investments USA, which owns Florida Splendid China
12:02 PM CST -
Threshold Entertainment temporarily took down http://www.mortalkombat.com after hackers once again broke through the security of the webserver last night. After the first attack, it seemed that Threshold tried to return the website to it's original state, but missed the inappropriate words in the title of the page. Last night a more elaborate front page was displayed by the hackers, assumingly through the same security hole the first attack used, which contained roughly a hacker's manifesto. No official statement has been issued from Threshold Entertainment as of yet
May 23rd, 1998
12:00 PM CST -
Midway Games will have live interviews during the 3 day Eletctronic Entertainment Expo held in Atlanta, GA. More importantly, on Friday May 29th, Ed Boon and Dave Michicich will be interviewed live from the Midway Booth at 1:00 EST. They will be talking about the making of Mortal Kombat 4 and some of the secrets behind the Nintendo64 and Playstation versions. For more information check out the E3 Page at Midway.com. Thanks Xevious.
12:01 PM CST -
There are 20 brand new screenshots of the Nintendo64 preview of Mortal Kombat 4 at Videogames.com. It's definatley worth a look. Thanks CK
May 24th, 1998
12:00 PM CST -
Noob.com, the website of MK co-creator Ed Boon, features behind the scenes pictures of the MK4 Home Versions TV Commercial. There are also videos of the commercials at Noob.com, which you can also download from our Movie Gallery. Thanks NiMby and Trudat811
May 26th, 1998
12:00 PM CST -
Gamespot has completed their full review of the Nintendo64 version of Mortal Kombat 4. They lauded Eurocom for their special attention to the audio part of the game, giving MK4 high marks for sound and music. One of the quirks that the reviewer had was that the N64 controller got in the way when needing to perform a fatality that required multiple button presses at the same time. (i.e. Sub-Zero's Head Rip) But that can be fixed by purchasing an arcade stick controller like the Arcade Shark from Interact Accessories or the Dual Arcade Joystick from MadCatz. That and a few minor slow downs were the only negatives to the review. It looks like Eurocom has done an exceptional job in remedying the negatives that plagued the Nintendo64 port of Mortal Kombat Trilogy. The Nintendo64 version of Mortal Kombat 4 will be available in stores June 29th
May 27th, 1998
12:00 PM CST -
MK4.com has put up a few graphics announcing MK4's status at E3. Both the Nintendo64 and Playstation versions will be fully playable to the public during the 3 day Electronic Entertainment Expo held in Atlanta, Georgia this weekend. There are also some animated graphics showing pictures of the rendered Playstation endings and a moving model of Goro.
May 28th, 1998
12:00 PM CST -
In addition to the Playstation and Nintendo64 versions of MK4, Midway is displaying the Windows 95 PC CD-ROM version of Mortal Kombat 4 at their booth at the E3 this year. The PC version features Direct3D support as well as Glide, 3Dfx's native API, which we broke word on in our February 27th news update. This is definitely the version of Mortal Kombat 4 to get if you have a 3Dfx Voodoo or Voodoo II 3D graphics accelerator board in your PC. Mortal Kombat 4 may also be making an appearance at the 3Dfx's booth as well. For extensive E3 coverage, be sure to visit E3 News and Allgames Network
May 29th, 1998
12:00 PM CST -
Don't forget to check the Midway Games E3 Page for the interview with Ed Boon and Dave Michicich regarding the new features present in the home versions of MK4. Fortunately the feed is not a live feed, but an archived feed so that if you missed it, you can still watch. RealPlayer 5.0 required.

12:01 PM CST -
Here are a few screenshots of the Windows 95 PC CD-ROM version of Mortal Kombat 4 exclusive
to TRMK. They were sent to us by Derek of
The MK4 Dominion,
who will open momentarily to cover the Nintendo64 and Playstation MK4's home versions. They expect to have around 75 screenshots from the E3 show, along with a review of what version to choose.





12:02 PM CST -
We have seen reports of what could potentially be the Goro and Noob Codes for the home versions of MK4. However, we have confirmed that there is more to the code. In order to play as Goro or Noob Saibot, you must first enable the cheat menu. This was
originally undiscovered since people had done the last step without knowing that someone had already enabled the cheat menu before. Special thanks to Dharmesh who found out the full routine to play as Goro and Noob Saibot.

Secret Menu
N64: At the Options menu, go to Continue Options and then hold BL+RN for about 10 seconds, the cheat menu will reveal itself.
Playstation: same as N64 but go to the Vs Screen Enabled option.

Characters
Goro: Select the Hidden button on the bottom of the select screen, move up 3, and over 1 (to Shinnok's icon) then press RN+BL together.

Noob: Select the Hidden button on the bottom of the select screen, move up 2, and over 1 (to Reiko's icon) then press RN+BL together.
May 30th, 1998
12:00 PM CST -
Here are a brief description of the alternate costumes donned by each warrior in the home version of Mortal Kombat 4. Thanks to Dharmesh for the contribution.
Liu Kang:Head band, and a karate outfit
Tanya:She wears a black dress
Sonya:Pink outfit without a hat.
Raiden:Same outfit but has blue sleeves
Kai:Leather jacket with sunglasses
Reptile:Old ninja outfit from MK3
Jax:White pants and a white shirt
Johnny Cage:Tuxedo
Noob:Hooded outfit (VERY cool)Full black (no mask or outfit visible)
Sub-Zero:He appears to be half frozen.
Scorpion:Grey outfit with no mask (skull face visible)

12:01 PM CST -
Special thanks to E3 attendee Dharmesh for giving us the full scoopage on Mortal Kombat 4's appearance at E3. We've split up his latest report into the different platforms for easy reading. There are only 30 days left until MK4's release.

Playstation

  • The Playstation version looks a lot choppier than the N64 version,
    although the backgrounds are a lot smoother looking.
  • The FMV endings are very very cool. There is a Theater Mode that lets you watch MK TV Commercial, as
    well as the game intro.
  • They have also taken the liberties to enhance some endings. For example, Reiko's arcade ending has him just walking in to the portal. But on the Playstation now he walks in to the portal and then he sits down on his chair and a mask comes down on him...guess what? Reiko
    is SHAO KAHN.

  • Goro is the sub-boss on every tower.
  • Once you put the cheat code in, there is an option to see anybody's ending by just beating the first guy.


Nintendo64

  • The N64 version on the other hand looks a lot better on the character
    side, but the backgrounds could have been better.
  • The sound is awesome a lot better than MK Trilogy's.
  • As you can tell the endings are real time like the arcade and have full voice with captions.
  • Noob Saibot's fireball lights his opponent breifly on fire. Not seen on the Playstation version.

    Again, thanks to Dharmesh for the report from E3.

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