Arcade-game fans not tech-savvy enough to build their own MAME cabinets got some good news today. Midway announced that Midway Arcade Treasures 2, its second compilation of old-school classics, has gone gold. The compilation, which will feature titles like NARC, Spy Hunter 2, Gauntlet 2, Cyber-Ball 2072, Wizard of Wor, and Mortal Kombat II and 3, will ship on October 11 for the Xbox, GameCube, and PlayStation 2. It will have a budget price of just $19.99 for all versions.
We chose the Xbox disc not because of any one graphical, gameplay, or control advantages mind you, but because (let's face it) Xbox Live is a hell of a lot better for plug and play online gaming than the PS2 is. Even so, the connection processes for both systems are nigh identical, with a slightly different login interface for the GameSpy-powered PS2 version in comparison to Xbox Live. In terms of intuitiveness, wait times, and lobby setups, however, the differences are negligible.
To say that I was blown away with just how smooth and responsive the online portion of the fighting truly is, is an understatement, as Mortal Kombat: Deception is seriously the most lag-free Internet fighting game I've ever played. And over the course of our six different match-ups with various kinds of characters, I never once experienced a single hitch or stutter in the action. I could tell right off the bat that Midway is sporting some serious network code here, and can only begin to wonder just how blown away other players will be when they get to try online for the first time as well.
From Mortal Kombat's signature moves, to the flying action of Joust, to the outer space warfare of Defender, THQ Wireless is bringing Midway's classic arcade hits to mobile users across the globe.
"Midway's timeless arcade classics remain as fun and addictive as they were nearly 10 to 20 years ago - these hits will never go out of style," said Tim Walsh, president of THQ Wireless. "It's a testimony to technological advances that gameplay experiences that once stood six feet tall can now fit into gamer's pockets."
"Midway is excited to see THQ bring these classics to mobile phones," said Steve Booth, vice president of licensing at Midway. "THQ has committed to develop content and graphics that have the same look, feel and sounds of the original arcade games; you can carry an entire arcade everywhere you go."