October 1st, 2005
6:17 PM CST -
Time to mobilize the Mortal Kombat community again to participate in another fan-contributed vote. The cause this time is for the Walk of Game in Sony's Metreon, a digital entertainment mecca in San Francisco. Mortal Kombat is nominated under the Games / Characters section and needs your vote every day during the month of October.

Walk of Game is the first-of-its-kind landmark honoring the icons and pioneers of the videogame industry.

Walk of Game is located inside Metreon, a 350,000 square-foot entertainment complex at Fourth and Mission Streets in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

Every year, gamers worldwide cast their vote on www.WalkOfGame.com to induct the next set of honorees to receive a permanent 24"x 24", customized steel star on the Walk of Game. From the list of nominees, the top four in the category of Games/Characters and the top two in Lifetime Achievement will be inducted. Inductees to date are: Nolan Bushnell, Shigeru Miyamoto, Halo, Link (The Legend of Zelda), Mario, and Sonic The Hedgehog.

The list of nominees is compiled from a survey of industry members and technology, entertainment, and gaming media. SCA Interactive, a leader in online promotions, powers the Walk of Game voting interface.

Vote early and vote often to ensure Mortal Kombat's place in another crazy video game history shrine. Related forum discussion topic.
October 3rd, 2005
1:59 PM CST -
About a year ago, games publisher, Acclaim, filed for bankruptcy, after the executives loaded the company with loads of debt that eventually ran the company into the ground. A group of trustees sued Acclaim for the company's mismanagement and as a result, the trustees are putting up for auction the publishing rights to over 200 videogame titles.

Amongst these titles are a numerous number of Midway arcade home conversions, as Midway at the time did not have a home console publishing division. Included in the auction are the rights for games like WWF WrestleMania Arcade, Revolution X, the NBA Jam series, Super High Impact and more. But most importantly, Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat II are amongst the list of rights up for bid. Although Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat II both have been released in previous Midway, those games were arcade code emulation, not the code that was created for the SNES, Genesis and PC versions Acclaim had published in the past.
4:00 PM CST -
and Midway Games have organized a live moderated chat with the creative minds behind Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks. Both Shaun Himmerick, Shaolin Monks Producer, and Ed Boon, Shaolin Monks Executive Producer and co-creator of Mortal Kombat, will be answering fan-submitted questions live tonight at 9:00pm Eastern/6:00pm Pacific.

To join tonight's event, you can connect your IRC client to the following settings.

Server: irc.webmaster.com -or- irc.webchat.org
Port: 6667
Channel: #mortalkombat

If you don't have an IRC client, you can also connect via your java-enabled web browser at this .
8:02 PM CST -
The contest is over and a winner has been selected! The winner of the TRMK September 2005 Contest is...

Nick Mazza of Westlake Village, CA

Congratulations Nick! Nick wins one (1) complete set of four (4) , courtesy of the folks at .

Even if you didn't win the action figures, you can still get them for a steal over at
. Thanks again to the folks at for providing the prizes.
8:31 PM CST -
Word is buzzing around the rumor mill that Midway's relentless schedule of one new Mortal Kombat each year is keeping the Mortal Kombat series from transitioning to the next generation consoles, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3. While the MK team has been somewhat distracted by the completion of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, work has been ramping up on the next Mortal Kombat fighting game. During the transition from the current generation to the next, games will still be developed for both generations at the same time, as with previous generation transitions. The next Mortal Kombat will most likely build upon the existing fighting engine from Deception/Deadly Alliance and also expand Deception's Konquest mode. While this information is still mostly rumors, the prospects of the next Mortal Kombat fighting game to stay on current generation consoles is a very likely scenario.
9:43 PM CST -
To elaborate on our previous rumor mill posting, we had also heard that Midway was contemplating naming the next Mortal Kombat game Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. A quick check on the Internet's domain records reveals that Midway had recently registered the domain name MKArmageddon.com () on Friday, September 23rd, 2005. Given that the same source provided us with the Armageddon subtitle, we believe that this domain registration corraborates the story about the next Mortal Kombat fighting game remaining on current generation consoles. Check out a screenshot of the registrar record, just in case Midway tries to cover this up.



Extremely interesting information coming to light.
October 5th, 2005
4:02 PM CST -
Midway has released another image from Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2) on the Midway Boards. This time it is the Shao Kahn render.


For more renders, screenshots, fatality videos and strategy guides, visit our Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks GameRealm.
7:26 PM CST -
Our friends over at Mortal Kombat Online have learned that Scorpion is going to be making an appearence in the season premiere of the Comedy Central animated reality show spoof Drawn Together. He is one of many who interview with the show's cast as a potential new roommate. Here is the episode synopsis from Comedy Central.

[color=#FF8800]The One Wherein There's a Big Twist Part 2 (201)
The Season 1 cliffhanger continues as the cast crash lands on a supposedly deserted island. Everyone, except for Toot, makes it safely back to the house, where they immediately interview potential new roommates, including Scorpion from the video game Mortal Kombat. They settle on Strawberry Sweetcake.

The episode will air on Wednesday, October 19th at 10:30 PM EST/9:30 PM CST. Check your local listings to find the channel Comedy Central is on in your area.

I find it interesting that they settled on a character named Strawberry Sweetcake after some controversy that was created a few years ago. Popular online comic Penny Arcade posted a humorus take on Strawberry Shortcake and was told to take it down or face legal action from American Greetings. I'm pretty sure that American Greetings will have a problem with Strawberry Sweetcake getting strangled like I saw in the show promo this evening, and who knows what else the character will be up to in the series. I know that I will be tuning in to find out.
October 7th, 2005
3:47 PM CST -
Special thanks to TRMK Forums member scorpion101481 for posting the third fatality for Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PlayStation 2) Vs. Mode in our message forums.

Johnny Cage [color=red]Punching Bag: U, L, L, L, [color=#4444FF]X (Xbox) / [color=violet]Square (PS2)

This fatality along with the third Reptile Vs. Mode fatality have both been added to our Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks Kombatants Guide along with all of the other known fatalities, multalities, brutalities and how to unlock each character.

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4:03 PM CST -
Midway has released another image from Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2) on the Midway Boards. This time it is the Shao Kahn Armory concept artwork.


For more renders, screenshots, fatality videos and strategy guides, visit our Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks GameRealm.
October 11th, 2005
2:33 PM CST -
Midway has released another image from Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2) on the Midway Boards. This time it is the Main Menu artwork.


For more renders, screenshots, fatality videos and strategy guides, visit our Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks GameRealm.
October 13th, 2005
11:15 AM CST -
Midway's vast library of classic arcade games makes its way on to the PC this November 14th in Midway Arcade Treasures Deluxe Edition. Midway sends along ten new screenshots from Midway Arcade Treasures: Deluxe Edition to commemorate the one month mark until the game's release. This 4-disc set includes a compilation of all 28 games from Midway Arcade Treasures 2 and Midway Arcade Treasures 3, which the former contained Mortal Kombat II and Mortal Kombat 3, previously released on Xbox, PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube.

This collection includes a wide-array of games ranging from fighting to racing. For the first time ever on PC, gamers will hear the famous cries of "Fight" and "Finish Him" from both Mortal Kombat II and Mortal Kombat 3. Friends will be left behind in a cloud of dust in Super Off Road. Racing skills from San Francisco Rush 2049 and Offroad Thunder: Mud, Sweat n’ Gears can be used to out-drive and out-wit the bad guys in A.P.B.. Arcade-perfect PC versions of such classics as Gauntlet II, Pit Fighter, Kozmik Krooz’r, Rampage World Tour, Timber, Primal Rage, Wacko, San Francisco Rush the Rock: The Alcatraz Edition, S.T.U.N Runner, Badlands and more are all included in Midway Arcade Treasures: Deluxe Edition.


Pre-Order it Today @ EBGames.com: [color=yellow]Midway Arcade Treasures Deluxe Edition

Midway Arcade Treasures: Deluxe Edition will be released on November 14th at a suggested price of $19.99. The games will not feature any network multiplayer support.
October 14th, 2005
9:40 AM CST -
Midway announced today that Mortal Kombat: Deception has shipped as a Greatest Hits title for the PlayStation 2 and as a Platinum Hits title for the Xbox. As a new addition to these prominent programs, Mortal Kombat: Deception will be re-distributed with new packaging at a suggested retail price of $19.99.


By definition, a title earning the Greatest Hits and/or Platinum Hits distinction requires that a company manufacture more than 400,000 units per respective platform during its first nine months on store shelves. In total, Mortal Kombat: Deception has shipped in excess of 1.9 million units worldwide since its release in October 2004.
3:59 PM CST -
With a little more than 5 weeks away from being released in the United States, Microsoft's Xbox 360 is starting to build some steam towards the starting line of the next-generation console race. One of the built-in features of the Xbox 360 is the Xbox Live Arcade, featuring simple games for the casual gamer to download and play instantly. Microsoft announced a list of 21 Xbox Live Arcade games to be available during launch, with 35 to be available by summer 2006.

Amongst the list of launch games are four Midway arcade classics such as, Gauntlet, Joust, Robotron 2048, and SmashTV. All four of these games have made an appearance on the first Midway Arcade Treasures title; however, Xbox Live Arcade offers Midway a direct to consumer distribution channel with very little costs involved, no DVD disc to master or box to ship. In addition, these versions are Xbox Live enabled, which means online multiplayer.

As the Xbox 360 matures and Xbox Live Arcade gains in popularity, perhaps Midway will open up their catalog and provide more and more classic arcade titles to Xbox Live Arcade. One very likely scenario is an online Xbox Live enabled version of the classic Mortal Kombat arcade games.

If Midway charged $10-$20 for a Xbox Live enabled Mortal Kombat or Mortal Kombat II, would you be comfortable enough to buy the title directly through the Xbox Live Marketplace? If not, why?
10:37 PM CST -
The final kode page for Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2) has been revealed by Prima Guides, makers of the Official Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks Strategy Guide. The final page reveals three unlock codes for Scorpion and Sub-Zero in both Ko-op and Vs. Mode and the hidden Mortal Kombat II arcade game. All of the kodes are to be entered fairly quickly on the Main Menu screen. You will hear a confirmation sound once the code is entered sucessfully.

Xbox
Unlock Scorpion
(Hold White Button at Main Menu)
X, Up, L trigger, R trigger, Left, Right, X
(Release White Button)

Unlock Sub-Zero
(Hold White Button at Main Menu)
X, Down, Up, L trigger, L trigger, Up, X
(Release White Button)

Unlock Mortal Kombat II
(Hold White Button at Main Menu)
X, Up, Down, Right, Left, Black, X
(Release White Button)
PlayStation 2
Unlock Scorpion
(Hold L2 Button at Main Menu)
Square, Up, L1, R1, Left, Right, Square
(Release L2 Button)

Unlock Sub-Zero
(Hold L2 Button at Main Menu)
Square, Down, Up, L1, L1, Up, Square
(Release L2 Button)

Unlock Mortal Kombat II
(Hold L2 Button at Main Menu)
Square, Up, Down, Right, Left, R2, Square
(Release L2 Button)
For strategy guides, all of the game's fatalities and hidden secrets visit our Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks GameRealm.
October 16th, 2005
9:48 PM CST -
Don't forget that Scorpion is going to be making an appearence in the season premiere of the Comedy Central animated reality show spoof Drawn Together this Wednesday.

Comedy Central has put up a clip of Scorpion from the episode that you can view here. In the clip the Link (Legend of Zelda) rip-off Xandir asks Scorpion to see his "Special Move." Scorpion then demonstrates a Fatality on him.



The episode will air on Wednesday, October 19th at 10:30 PM EST/9:30 PM CST. Check your local listings to find the channel Comedy Central is on in your area.
October 18th, 2005
4:24 PM CST -
Midway has released three more wallpapers from Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2) on the official MKMonks.com. This time it is the Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Kombatants wallpapers.


For more renders, screenshots, fatality videos and strategy guides, visit our Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks GameRealm.
6:43 PM CST -
Jazwares has sent our friends over at Mortal Kombat Online some new photos and information on the upcoming Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks action figures and updates that were made to their line of Mortal Kombat: Deception figures. The Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks figures will be a boxed set including both Scorpion and Sub-Zero and should be available soon from select retailers.

You can view all their photos and information here.
October 20th, 2005
12:56 PM CST -
Midway has released 10 new screenshots from Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play for the Sony PlayStation Portable (Sony PSP). Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play includes 21 arcade games that are the "best of" both Midway Arcade Treasures 1 & Midway Arcade Treasures 2, including Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat II and Mortal Kombat 3 with wireless multiplayer.


Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play will be available November 14th for the Sony PSP portable system at the suggested retail price of $29.99.
5:14 PM CST -
Out of nowhere, Midway has released two concept artwork images from Mortal Kombat: Deception (Xbox, PS2, GameCube) on the official Midway Boards. The two images released are concept pieces of Kenshi.


View strategy guides and more at our Mortal Kombat: Deception GameRealm.
October 21st, 2005
10:04 PM CST -
Midway sends word that Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play, the first classic arcade game compliation for the Sony PlayStation Portable Entertainment System (Sony PSP), has had its release date pushed back to a tentative date of December 12th.

Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play features 21 classic Midway/Atari arcade games for the first time ever on a portable console, including wireless multiplayer enabled versions of the first three games in the Mortal Kombat series, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat II and Mortal Kombat 3.

For a complete list of games and several screenshots, visit our Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play GameRealm.
October 25th, 2005
6:46 PM CST -
7:27 PM CST -
Spike TV has announced today that its Video Game Awards 2005 will be hosted by actor and producer Samuel L. Jackson, who was a winner at last year’s show for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The show itself tapes on Friday, November 18 at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles with the two-hour "games vs. games" extravaganza premiering on Spike TV Saturday, December 10.

In this year's Best Fighting Game category, Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Midway) has been nominated along with the following contenders: Fight Night Round 2 (Electronic Arts), Soul Calibur III (Namco Hometek Inc.), Tekken 5 (Namco Hometek Inc.), and Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower (Capcom).

In last year's Spike TV Video Game Awards 2004, Midway's Mortal Kombat: Deception took home the honors in the same Best Fighting Game category.

Head on over to GameSpot for a list of nominees and celebrity presenters at this year's Spike TV Video Game Awards.
October 27th, 2005
5:55 PM CST -
Midway has released a Halloween-themed wallpaper image in two resolutions on the official Midway Boards. The images feature Scorpion spearing a jack-o-lantern.


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