December 6th, 2005
10:09 AM CST -
Midway has released 14 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.

After previously releasing screenshots in widescreen mode, Midway backtracks in their latest batch of screenshots. It is now appears that the first three arcade Mortal Kombat games will feature pillarboxes instead of filling the native widescreen resolution of the Sony PSP. Here are the 6 new Mortal Kombat screenshots.


Don't forget to check out our interview with the developers, Digital Eclipse, if you have not already done so. Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play is still on schedule and will be available December 12th for the Sony PSP portable system at the suggested retail price of $29.99. We suggest that you preorder the game at EBGames.com.
December 9th, 2005
8:38 AM CST -
The December 2005 update to the Xbox backwards compatibility list for the Xbox 360 has been posted and Mortal Kombat: Deception has been removed from the list.

In our Mortal Kombat: Deception on Xbox 360 feature from two weeks back, we exposed the numerous flaws in the Xbox 360 emulation of the original Xbox version of Mortal Kombat: Deception, rendering the fighting game portions virtually unplayable. We contacted Midway with our findings shortly after we published our feature and it appears that Microsoft has responded in this latest update with removing the title from the list.

What does all of this mean? At the least it means that Microsoft is aware of the problems and removal may well mean that they are working on fixing them.
December 12th, 2005
11:24 AM CST -
Today, Midway announced the shipment of Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play for the Sony PSP to retailers. 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.



Don't forget to check out our interview with the developers, Digital Eclipse, if you have not already done so. Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play will be available in stores in the next few days at the suggested retail price of $29.99. We suggest that you order the game at EBGames.com.
December 14th, 2005
10:07 AM CST -
In our previous Mortal Kombat: Deception on Xbox 360 feature, we documented the numerous graphical flaws in the backwards compatibility emulation. Soon after we posted the article, 4 different Microsoft IP addresses visited our feature within a couple of hours. With the latest December 2005 update to the backwards compatible list, Mortal Kombat: Deception was removed from that list.

Last night, Microsoft posted a Xbox 360 Backward Compatibility FAQ that answers some questions about the emulation and the process and has also commented on several games that the emulators have issues with, including Deception.

Mortal Kombat®: Deception™
in our first test passes, this game seemed to run fine, but after receiving feedback from the community we've discovered our emulation for MKD is not up to our quality bar yet, so we've removed it from the list for now and hope to get it back for you soon.

So there is the "official" word from Microsoft. We'll try to get a little more information from them soon, but until then we wait with the rest of you to see when Mortal Kombat: Deception will return to the Xbox 360.
December 21st, 2005
10:51 AM CST -
Back in September of this year, Midway released an online-only video advertisement to coincide with the United Kingdom release of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (original story). Designed as a viral marketing stunt, the commercial was an overly violent depictation of a board room argument, complete with Mortal Kombat style fatalities (watch the video).

According to Virgin.net, a complaint was filed with the Advertising Standards Authority, an independent regulator for advertisements in the UK, and was deemed inappropriate.

After investigating one complaint, the Advertising Standards Authority said the advert was irresponsible, and told the advertiser Midway Games Ltd not to repeat it.

The industry watchdog ruled: "We considered that the ad was likely to cause fear or distress and serious or widespread offence and that Midway Games had used shocking images to attract attention to their product."

The company who produced the advert, Maverick Media, apologized if it had offended anyone, but maintained that the video was suitable for the audience it was intended for.
10:58 AM CST -
has honored Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks as the . It competed against Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth for Xbox, Mercenaries for Xbox and PlayStation 2, Racing Gears Advance for the Gameboy Advance and Star Wars Republic Commando for the Xbox and PC. Here is what GameSpot had to say about this honor.

At GameSpot we make every effort to approach each new game without any preconceptions about its quality. But in some cases, a game will surprise us with how good it is, which makes us realize that we weren't really expecting much from it, for one reason or another. Maybe the game seemed generic at first glance, or maybe the concept seemed too gimmicky. Oftentimes, the odds are stacked against a game from the outset. Movie-licensed games, for instance, have a long tradition of being, well, garbage. Some genres simply have a reputation for being too unwieldy for or inaccessible to the average gamer. The sleeper is the one that rises above any preconceived limitations and proves itself to be truly great, which is exactly what these five games have done.

Also, here are the reasons as to why GameSpot selected
Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks as a nominee for .

Considering that every other Mortal Kombat game that didn't focus solely on one-on-one fighting absolutely tanked, and the developer's previous work included duds like Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style and Backyard Wrestling, Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks was a real long shot.

Be sure to head on over to their article about the
to view the video annoncing the winner.

Suffice it to say,
Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks was selected as the winner, due to the fact that the previous Mortal Kombat adventure games were so abysmal that Shaolin Monks had extremely low expectations for being a good game.
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