September 1st, 2005
9:48 AM CST -
To kick off the September 19th release, Midway has released three new screenshots from Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, the third, and most promising, attempt to bring the Mortal Kombat franchise into the action-adventure genre, for Xbox and PlayStation 2.


For more information and screenshots, along with exclusive video interview footage from the development team, check out our Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks GameRealm.
10:19 AM CST -
Even more Koncept art is flowing in from . At this rate we can probably expect at least one a day until Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2) is released. This time, we get a glimpse of some sketches of a Living Forest Tree and one of Kung Lao.


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September 2nd, 2005
1:53 PM CST -
Midway's official forums on Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2) updated the renders of the game's main protagonists in the style of past renders released by Midway. Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks follows the storylines of Liu Kang and Kung Lao during the period of the second Mortal Kombat tournament, available on Xbox and PlayStation 2 on September 20th.



You can view tons more screenshots, renders, and even video content out at our Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks GameRealm.
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9:55 PM CST -
GameSpot gets a chance to sit down with Mortal Kombat co-creator, Ed Boon and Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2) producer, Shawn Himmerick in a new developer's video preview. In this video, the origins of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks are discussed along with the future direction of the Mortal Kombat franchise.

Midway and developer Paradox's collaboration has resulted in a unique game that takes a good chunk of the MK elements and marries them with action-platforming elements. The results we've seen most recently point to the game featuring solid gameplay that won't offend current fans and may well make some new ones. Above and beyond the gameplay, Midway and Paradox have peppered the game with a "who's who" of little touches that root the game in the MK II universe.

GameSpot's Behind the Scenes Video Preview

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September 5th, 2005
9:55 AM CST -
September 6th, 2005
3:50 PM CST -
According to the WWE.com website, Midway is sponsoring an Ultimate Adventure Sweepstakes to promote the launch of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks for the Xbox and PlayStation 2. The sweepstakes begins today and ends on October 9th.

During this period, WWE Wrestling and Mortal Kombat fans can enter to win the Grand Prize of an Xbox video game system, one copy of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks for Xbox signed by a WWE Superstar, and four tickets to a Live WWE Event in the winnerís local area.

Link: WWE's Ultimate Adventure Sweepstakes

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September 7th, 2005
2:16 PM CST -
It appears that no platform is safe from the revival of Midway's vast library of classic arcade games, as Midway Arcade Treasures: Deluxe Edition for the PC was announced today. 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 arcade games that range from fighting to racing. For the first time ever on PC, gamers will hear the famous cries of "Fight" and "Finish Him" in 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 Rush the Rock: Alcatraz Edition and Race Drivin' can be used to out-drive and out-wit the bad guys in A.P.B.. Arcade-perfect PC versions of such classics as Wizard of Wor, Gauntlet II, Pit Fighter, Arch Rivals, Rampage World Tour, San Francisco Rush: 2049, Hydro Thunder and more are included in Midway Arcade Treasures: Deluxe Edition.



Midway Arcade Treasures: Deluxe Edition will be released later in September at a suggested price of $19.99. No word on network multiplayer support options.

[color=red]Update: Midway sends word that the game is standalone multiplayer. (i.e. no network options)
September 8th, 2005
8:24 AM CST -
Midway has announced that Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2) has gone gold and has been released to manufacturing.

Midway Games today announced that the one of the most unique and heavily anticipated Mortal Kombat titles ever, Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, has gone gold and will ship to stores for both the Sony PlayStation 2 and the Microsoft Xbox video game system on September 26th, 2005.

The development team at Midway Studios, Los Angeles, along with the core MK creative team at Midway Studios, Chicago, has joined forces to take the best-selling Mortal Kombat franchise into the action/adventure realm. Mortal Kombat fans can now experience the MK franchise from an entirely new action/adventure perspective with the first-ever Multi-Directional Kombat System and explore the Mortal Kombat II universe as two of the series' favorite Shaolin Monks: Liu Kang & Kung Lao in either single- or multi-player action.

As you can read, Midway's press release contains a ship date of September 26th, which is one week later than previously communicated ship dates from Midway. A quick check of major online game retailers reveals no change from the original ship date of September 19th.

We've got an inquiry into Midway to clarify the ship date. As soon as we get an answer, we will update as soon as possible.

[color=red]UPDATE: Midway sends word that the game's ship date is still September 19th. The one week difference is to account for the time it may take retailers to get the game on to stores shelves; however, in the case of most major retailers, like GameStop, EB Games, Best Buy, etc., the game will most likely be on shelves the next day.
September 9th, 2005
10:10 AM CST -
Midway sent along two high-res images of the two Liu Kang and Kung Lao action figures you receive when you pre-order your copy of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks for Xbox or PlayStation 2. Shaolin Monks is expected in stores on September 20th.


10:22 AM CST -
Another day another koncept art release from Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2) over at Midway's Boards. This time it is drawings of Kung Lao with his trusty-rusty rabbit, and Liu Kang looking all fierce.


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12:23 PM CST -
IGN and Midway have teamed up again to provide Mortal Kombat fans another exclusive video on the background of several characters in IGN's Legends of Kombat series. This week's video features documentary-style backstories of Goro, Baraka, and Masked Guard.
3:27 PM CST -
The official MK Monks marketing website was updated with a few extras, including more characters in the Characters section, koncept art, wallpapers, and more videos from Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2).

Also enabled is the Community section of their site, which includes a list of fan sites, including a couple of websites that hardly update. Unfortunately, TRMK is inexcusably absent from the list. E-mail Midway to express your displeasure along with ours!

Anyway, check it out if you like to watch Flash loading menus in your spare time.

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September 12th, 2005
11:07 AM CST -
A Mortal Kombat Guides forum member has gotten his hands on a soon to be released render of the Masked Guard character from Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2). The Masked Guard is a common foot soldier you'll encounter frequently within Shaolin Monks.


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September 13th, 2005
8:20 AM CST -
GameSpot has posted a new trailer (under "Official Trailers") for Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2). The new trailer shows a few general information tidbits about the upcoming fighting-adventure game.
8:46 AM CST -
IGN's Douglass C. Perry is quite the character. If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting him in person, you would quickly get the impression that he is old and stiff enough to be that guy who tries to sell you the undercarriage rust protection on the used '97 Chevy Cavalier you can barely afford on your measly barrista's salary.

Anyway, C-Piddy got his hands on a final reviewable build of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2), and posted a "gem" of a preview, laced with intelligent analysis such as, "some of the best yeeeee-haaaas and waaaaa-haaaas!!" and "A second player is a must for ULTIMATE KOMBAT PHUN!". I kid you not.

But Douglass C. Perry does not use these euphemisms to sound hip and cool, he is mocking the entire MK community as he has been for the past 7 years I have seen him write at IGN. Reading his preview clearly shows how painful it is for him to actually say that Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is actually going to be an amazing game. It's too bad that Doug couldn't find anyone to play ko-op with him. I wonder why...

Watch Doug play Shaolin Monks all by himself in the latest 6 videos posted on IGN's media page.

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9:59 PM CST -
As the release date of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2) looms in one week, Midway's Boards has released two more koncept artwork pieces for our consumption. This time around it is a sketch of Mileena and a full color drawing of Kung Lao.



Also, if you're interested in seeing what TV commercial will be appearing on Comedy Central, FOX, MTV, Spike and WWE events, check out the MK Monks TV Spot (3.8mb, WMV).

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September 15th, 2005
3:02 PM CST -
It has been a long time coming, but we have finally selected our winners in the "TRMK Buttons and Banners" contest featured in our Message Forums.

We asked our loyal TRMK Kommunity to put their art skills to the test in creating various sizes of buttons and banners for people to put on their website in order to link back to TRMK. While there were many great entries, three members' entries were above and beyond the rest. Congrats to Prophet, Vega, and K1LLKANO. They will be receiving their prizes in the mail in the upcoming weeks.

You can see the winning entries and generate HTML code to put these buttons and banners on your website at our Link to TRMK page.
10:47 PM CST -
IGN has added to their Legends of Kombat series with video biographies of Kitana, Scorpion, and Shao Kahn. Within the video Mortal Kombat co-creator, Ed Boon, confirms that Shao Kahn is the final boss battle in Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2).

In addition to the biographies, IGN also has updated their media page with eight new short clips of various elements within the single player game of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks.

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September 16th, 2005
1:13 AM CST -
It appears that you may be able to get your hands on Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2) before this weekend after all. We have received word that those who have pre-ordered Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks at GameStop received an automated phone message yesterday saying the game would be available for pickup after 12 noon on Friday. Also, a quick check of GameStop's product page shows that Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is shipping within 24 hours.

Before you try to pick up a copy (pre-order probably not necessary), make sure that you call your local store ahead of time. Also, please leave a comment to this story with your results. We will be updating this story with more details later in the day.

[color=red]UPDATE #2: Several GameStop and EB Games stores show that the game is "active" in their computer; therefore, they have been given the green light to sell as it has been "streeted". Now the real question is whether the stores actually received their shipment of the games. Make sure you call your local stores as some we have contacted say that they're expecting shipments tomorrow, and some are expecting them today.

[color=red]UPDATE #1: EBgames.com has updated the ship date for Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks to today! Start calling your EB Games stores now!

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11:59 AM CST -
Most stores that we have contacted today have confirmed that they have received their copies of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2); therefore, we are comfortable enough to make the call that Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks has indeed been released!

Make sure that you call your local store ahead of making a trip out there as several stores we called had the game, but a few stores within a 5 mile radius of the others did not. It is kind of hit or miss, but the majority of stores we contacted did have the game and are selling it now.
September 17th, 2005
12:13 AM CST -
TRMK's favorite IGN staffer, Douglass C. Perry, is first out of the gates with his review of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2). Luckily, Doug actually leaves his attitude in check and has some very intelligent things to say about the game.

The co-op game, however, is fun because you have to work as a team and talk to each other, creating a social experience very much like being in the arcades. Despite some rigidities and technical weaknesses, Shaolin Monks creates an atmosphere of camaraderie. One last set of moves I almost forgot to mention but proves the teamwork point to a Tee are the team attacks, which require you and friend to pair up for two-player attacks. It's a great idea that works well, and makes the co-op just that much more valuable.

We're actually floored that Mr. C. Perry actually took an objective look at Shaolin Monks and put away his bias for this review. Could it be possible that the almighty TRMK had some influence in C-Diddy's writing style? If you asked Doug himself he probably would deny that he even knew who we are. Regardless, IGN scores Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks a respectable 8.0.
1:27 AM CST -
All this weekend, TRMK is rockin' the Xbox version of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks. Every 30-seconds we're dumping a live screenshot from the game to our Live In-Game Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks Feed (check the page for the current status). When the status is active you will be watching TRMK staff play Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks in real-time. Here is a preview of the most recent image.


Also, don't forget to visit our Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks Message Forum where we will be updating constantly with new moves and strategies. Also, the forums are a great place to seek help throughout the game from the best Mortal Kombat community online. Take the time to register an account if you haven't already. It's easy, fast, and free!
September 18th, 2005
6:28 PM CST -

To celebrate the release of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, TRMK is proud to announce another free contest to our faithful readers. We are extremely excited to be able to giveaway to one of our lucky members, one (1) complete set of four (4) Jazwares Mortal Kombat: Deception Series 1 Action Figures, courtesy of the folks at Action Figures Xpress.

Check out Action Figures Xpress for tons of other action figures from G. I. Joe, Masters of the Universe, Transformers and more!

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to our contest page to enter for your chance to win. Remember you can enter once a day up through September 30th. Good Luck!
September 19th, 2005
8:03 AM CST -
First off, thank you to everyone who e-mailed Midway with your opinions about the injustice that was leaving TRMK off of their community websites section of MKMonks.com.

TRMK is now listed on the Community section of the website and we are there because of you, our faithful readers. Thank you again for voicing your opinion and making Midway recognize that the TRMK community is a force that cannot be ignored.

This also brings up a good opportunity to mention our Link to TRMK page, featuring buttons and banners created by our community to link your website to TRMK. Check out their awesome work.
1:07 PM CST -
Although most video game retailers received and were selling their copies this past weekend, Midway sent out a press release today announcing the official release of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2). The release of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks makes good on Midway's "plan to produce quality Mortal Kombat titles on an annual basis," said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway. "In expanding the Mortal Kombat universe in the action/adventure genre, players can expect a challenging and innovative gameplay experience that adds a fresh new look and feel to our best-selling franchise."

[color=yellow]Buy it @ EBGames.com: Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks with Bonus! (Xbox)
[color=yellow]Buy it @ EBGames.com: Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks with Bonus! (PlayStation 2)

No word has been made yet as to what type of Mortal Kombat game fans can expect in 2006.

If you have just picked up the game today, there is a slew of action over in our General MK: Shaolin Monks Forum. If you are in need of help or just want to know how unlock the game's numerous secrets or perform any of the game's fatalities, the General MK: Shaolin Monks Forum is the place to be.

If your local store has still not received their copies of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, then later on tonight you can visit our Live In-Game Shaolin Monks Feed where TRMK staff will be playing the Xbox version of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, with a live screenshot from the game every 30 seconds.
9:24 PM CST -
GameSpot has posted their review of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2). In addition to the review, new gameplay videos have been added to GameSpot's media pages, two new PS2 videos and three new Xbox videos. The reviewer in this one took serious issues with the game's length and plot, which cost the game a 7.5 score.

Shaolin Monks' story starts off reasonably well, but over time it degenerates into a fairly incomprehensible mess, with all sorts of pseudo-betrayals, overwrought plot twists, and a few halfhearted introductions of random characters for seemingly no reason other than because the developer had to find a way to squeeze them in. Jax, for instance, makes his main story appearance way late in the game, shows up for about a minute, and then disappears. These strained uses of the MK characters are more aberration than the norm, though, so you'll see plenty of main characters, like Raiden, Johnny Cage, Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Kitana, and the like, used reasonably well throughout the game. And while the story doesn't make an awful lot of sense, overall it's about on par with any of the other Mortal Kombat storylines.

Although the review was mostly negative, it does mention the fact that fans of the Mortal Kombat series will truly enjoy it. Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks may not be a game for everyone, but it definately seems to be a game for the true Mortal Kombat diehard. And there are plenty of diehards around that keep this franchise alive and kicking.
September 20th, 2005
5:31 PM CST -
September 20th is here and many stores across the country hive plenty of coties of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2) available for purchase. However, that is not the scenario for all stores. As in the case of a few major big-box retailers, Best Buy and Circuit City stores still are waiting to receive their copies on Wednesday.

[color=yellow]Buy it @ EBGames.com: Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks with Bonus! (Xbox)
[color=yellow]Buy it @ EBGames.com: Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks with Bonus! (PlayStation 2)

Regardless, if you are one of the diehard faithfuls who have already picked up the game, head over to our Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks Message Forum where tons of secrets and fatalities have been found and posted in our Official Moves & -ality Mini-Guide.

Also, Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks features an unlockable version of the original arcade Mortal Kombat II, identical to the verison in Midway Arcade Treasures 2, by completing all 5 Smoke Missions. To learn how to unlock Mortal Kombat II, make sure you check out our Official Smoke Missions Mini-Guide, complete with screenshots and instructions on how to complete the missions.

If you're in need of help or are in the mood to help others get past places where you are stuck, head on over to our Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks Message Forum now!

And again, if you are still waiting on your store to receive copies or are on the fence on whether to buy Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, then check out our Live In-Game Shaolin Monks Feed, featuring live screenshots from the Xbox version every 30 seconds.
September 21st, 2005
4:01 PM CST -
Prima Games' official Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks strategy guide has arrived in most stores today. Accompanying the guide's single player walkthough and detailed maps, is a bonus CD-ROM with time-released "kodes" and a few wallpapers. These "kodes" pages point to 3 different URL's 1, 2, and 3. Nothing is there right now; however, it is yet to be seen if the content to be revealed at these locations is going to be, in some way, restricted to guide owners or not.


[color=yellow]Buy it @ EBGames.com: Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks Prima Guide

But of course, you can always get free strategy guides and personalized help from the extremely knowledgeable TRMK Kommunity in our Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks Message Forum. If you've already kicked some tarkatan ass and have become a Shaolin Monk master, take a moment and register an account and help out those who are not as skilled and handsome as you are.

Then, enter your bad self into our September 2005 Contest to win a full set of Jazwares Mortal Kombat: Deception Action Figures! It is all gravy baby!
10:42 PM CST -
As the release date passes, more and more gaming sites are publishing their reviews of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2). This time up is 1UP.com, with their short yet postive review. They score Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks an 8.0.

But here's why you should buy this game: the two-player versus mode is an absolute riot to play and even merits a standalone game. The versus mode uses the same fighting engine found in the adventure mode, but refines it to have an equal advantage for both players. There are eight playable characters and over twelve different stages. Surprisingly, the stages aren't just recycled backgrounds of the adventure portion of the game -- each stage features new level designs and offer a great deal of environmental interactivity.

Next up is the Xbox-centric site, TeamXbox, and their their glowing 8.7 score review.

The story may not make total sense, but the action is fresh and furious. Gamers well versed in the ways of the Flawless Victory should get a kick out of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks as well. While not a true fighter, it still offers up enough combo-type fighter moves to keep the hardcore head-to-head fans happy.

Overall, positive reviews continue to flow in for the team over at Midway LA. The cumulative Metascore remains hovering around the 79-80% mark, with GameSpy still yet to cast in their ballot. Congrats guys!
September 22nd, 2005
4:07 PM CST -
GamerFeed published their review of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2) today, awarding the action-adventure genre buster a 4 out of 5.

The game is alright in single player mode, but some of the AI-fueled opponents can be rather cheap, especially bosses. I couldn't tell you how many times I racked up losses against the trio of evil ladies or Baraka himself, who seems to have a knack of cutting through my offense like butter. Where Shaolin Monks really shines through is in its Ko-Op mode, in which you can team up with a friend to deliver double the damage and unlock goodies that are otherwise unaccessible. The two-player mode is frivilous and inventive, and even gives you the chance to fight it out for items, kinda like you used to do in the days of the old Atari coin-op Gauntlet. I had a lot of fun here, although it's really hard to go back to one player after you've had such a kick ass time in two. Oh, well, can't have everything, I guess.

September 23rd, 2005
7:03 AM CST -
Midway has released another image from Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2) on the Midway Boards. This time it is the Kitana render.


For more renders, screenshots, fatality videos and strategy guides, visit our Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks GameRealm.
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7:27 AM CST -
Normally, the UK and other European countries get screwed time and time again when it comes to getting release dates way off in the future from their American counterparts. Midway recognized this history and back in May 2005 hired a new Managing Director in industry veteran Martin Spiess, who was hired away from Atari.

"Driving growth in the European territories is a major initiative for Midway," said David F. Zucker, president and chief executive officer of Midway. "Midway has enormous potential for expansion in the European territory, and this is an opportunity to build one of the strongest sales, marketing and distribution companies in the industry," said Martin Spiess.

Therefore, Midway spent a lot of efforts on the localization of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2) and those efforts have paid off for gamers throughout Europe, as the UK is scheduled for release today. For all other countries in Europe, Midway said they expected all other countries to release on September 30th or throughout following week.

[color=yellow]Buy it @ EBGames.com: Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks with Bonus! (Xbox)
[color=yellow]Buy it @ EBGames.com: Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks with Bonus! (PlayStation 2)

To kick off the UK launch, Midway hired one of the hippest ad agencies, Maverick Media, to produce an extremely graphic television commercial for Shaolin Monks. You can watch the commercial on their website. TV definitely has some different rules in the UK than in the States. Crazy stuff, check it out.

[color=red]UPDATE: Reports are gathering that the game has been streeted in the UK (and now Austrailia) today! Just like the US release, stores are receiving the game a little early. Call your local games store before you head out.
September 24th, 2005
3:33 PM CST -
Midway has released another image from Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2) on the Midway Boards. This time it is the Baraka render.


For more renders, screenshots, fatality videos and strategy guides, visit our Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks GameRealm.
4:11 PM CST -
Looking for a certain Special Move, Finishing Moves or just simply looking to unlock your favorite Kombatant in the newly released Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks? Well then look no further than our own newly released Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks Kombatants Guide. Check out the comprehensive list of Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Scorpion, Sub-Zero and all other playable characters' Special Moves, Fatality, Multality and Brutality moves, plus details on how to unlock all characters.

It is the first part of many pieces to our evolving Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks Strategy Guide. The next pieces that we will be releasing in the coming weeks are the Walkthrough and Secret Item Locations chapters. Keep your eyes peeled here for those updates.
September 26th, 2005
5:16 PM CST -
Midway has released another image from Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2) on the Midway Boards. This time it is the Goro render, which strikes an extremely similar resemblance to the render released for the Nintendo GameCube version of Mortal Kombat: Deception.


For more renders, screenshots, fatality videos and strategy guides, visit our Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks GameRealm.
5:43 PM CST -
In our Friday news story proclaiming the streeting of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2) in the UK and other EU countries, we mentioned the release of an extremely graphic TV commercial over at ad agency, Maverick Media.

New details have emerged on the ad campaign at AdLand, which reports that the clip is a part of a "viral marketing" campaign designed to create awareness and buzz across Internet sites via blog links. The commercial is an "exclusive to web" video and was apparently not produced for TV audiences as we reported earlier.

Most recently, Burger King and their latest promos, featuring their "King" mascot digitally inserted into NFL game clips, has created quite the stir by making its way around the blogosphere.
September 27th, 2005
5:59 PM CST -
Midway has released another image from Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2) on the Midway Boards. This time it is the Johnny Cage render.


For more renders, screenshots, fatality videos and strategy guides, visit our Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks GameRealm.
9:32 PM CST -
Late to the review party, GameSpy has posted their review of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2), handing it a score of 3.5 out of 5. The reviewer took issue with the game's lack of on-demand co-op and panned the game's voice acting.

For those who know their MK history, this is like memory lane. The story picks up right after the second arcade release, with Raiden, Liu Kang, and Kung Lao tracking the whipped Shang Tsung. Along the way, they run into a horde of MK characters, some enchanted, some friendly, and others working to fulfill mysterious motivations. Think Mortal Kombat: The Soap Opera, with extra blood.

For more renders, screenshots, fatality videos and strategy guides, visit our Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks GameRealm.
September 28th, 2005
7:59 PM CST -
Here's a friendly reminder that our September 2005 Contest for one (1) complete set of four (4) Jazwares Mortal Kombat: Deception Series 1 Action Figures, courtesy of the folks at Action Figures Xpress, ends this Friday at 11:59pm CST.

Register an account and head over to the contest page to enter. Don't forget that you can enter once every day.

We will announce the winner on Monday, October 3rd. Good luck!
September 29th, 2005
2:10 PM CST -
The blokes over at one of Midway Europe's press relations firms in the United Kingdom passed along stand-alone links to a trailer for Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2). Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks will be officially released in all of Europe tomorrow, September 30th.

The trailer is pretty much the same opening trailer on MKMonks.com; however, if you have a disdain for flash, then hit one of the links below to view it in Windows Media Player or RealPlayer.

Windows Media Player: Dialup | 300k | 850k
RealPlayer: Dialup | 300k | 850k
September 30th, 2005
3:23 PM CST -
Prima Games, the folks behind the official Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks Prima Guide, has updated two of their their "time released" code pages. The first page details a few (not all) yin yang "koin" locations for the Wu Shi Academy, Monastery, and Living Forest. The second page has a few locations for the Soul Tombs, Dead Pool, Netherrealm, and the Foundry. The final page still has information pending.

This is a perfect opportunity to highlight the efforts of TRMK forum member The 7th Number for the outstanding work in compiling the Shaolin Monks Yin Yang Master Guide, featuring locations of more than 50 yin yang koins.

We are still hard at work putting the finishing touches to our very own walkthrough and yin yang koin location guides. We should have them online very soon and they will be of the highest quality as our previous work has shown. Check out The 7th Number's hard work in the meantime.
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