May 6th, 2011
2:39 PM CST -
Mortal Kombat Klassic Fight StickHot on the success of the Tournament Edition fight stick, PDP is producing an extremely unique classic Mortal Kombat 1 styled fight stick. The cabinet design looks nearly identical in construction of the Tournament Edition fight stick, except it features some of the iconic design elements from the original game that started it all nearly 20 years ago.

  • Mortal Kombat 1 arcade cabinet control panel inspired graphics.

  • Appropriately colored buttons: red for punches, white for block, blue for kicks and yellow for run.

  • Red colored bat top joystick

  • Black side panels with red t-molding


GameStop has item pages for both Playstation 3icon and Xbox 360 icon that have the stick listed at $129.99, the same price that PDP is selling the Xbox 360 Tournament Edition stick by itself. The pages also have a place holder release date of July 1st. We have to admit, these look extremely cool and bring back memories of the original arcade cabinet. While the run button didn't appear until Mortal Kombat 3, it's always fun to imagine what the original game would have been if it had featured one.

For those that still haven't secured their Mortal Kombat (2011) Tournament Edition, with the fight stick, they are still a limited number of Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition for Xbox 360 and Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition for Playstation 3 available through Amazon.com.

For a comprehensive list of where you can still purchase special editions of Mortal Kombat (2011), including Kollector's Editions on sale for $85.99, visit our Where to buy Mortal Kombat (2011) Feature.
May 12th, 2011
9:42 AM CST -
Time to rejoice fans of the classic arcade Mortal Kombat games, as the Mortal Kombat Arcade Collection is finally on the way later this summer. The package will contain Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat II and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. The pack will go on sale in late Summer 2011 and retail for only 800 Microsoft Points on the Xbox 360, or $9.99 on the PlayStation Network and wherever the PC version will be available.

Below is the press release from Warner Bros Games and NetherRealm Studios:

Burbank, Calif. – May 12, 2011 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announces Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection for PlayStation®Network, Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC. For the first time ever, the original Mortal Kombat arcade trilogy - Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat 2 and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 - have been brought together into a single collection which will be available for download in late summer 2011.

“We are very excited to finally have the first three Mortal Kombat games available in one download package for long-time and new fans to play,” said Ed Boon, Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios. “With the release of our 2011 Mortal Kombat, and its return to 2D game play, players have been asking for these classic titles and we are happy to deliver them.”

Developed by Other Ocean in conjunction with NetherRealm studios, the Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection will offer fans the chance to play through the games in their original arcade state and rediscover all their favorite characters, fatalities and environments as well as relive some of the franchise’s most memorable secrets. In addition, this new collection will feature online play, leaderboards, achievements and trophies.

An arcade-perfect port, the Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection brings players their favorite Mortal Kombat arcade classics for $9.99 on PlayStation Network or 800 Microsoft Points, to put it in arcade terms - 40 quarters ($10).

To help players create an arcade experience at home, GameStop will exclusively offer a limited run of the new Mortal Kombat™ Klassic Fight Sticks designed and manufactured by Performance Designed Products (“PDP”), creators of the sold-out Mortal Kombat Tournament Edition Fight Sticks, bundled with a code to download Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection. Both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the Mortal Kombat™ Klassic Fight Sticks are available for pre-order now for $129.99 at www.gamestop.com.

For more information about Mortal Kombat, please visit www.themortalkombat.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mortalkombat or on Twitter @MK_Mortalkombat


So clearly the recently leaked Mortal Kombat 1 style arcade stick was meant to go along with this release as well. We can't wait and we also feel that they nailed the pricing on this game package as well. Who's ready for some classic combat again?

Update 1:20pm: Pictures of the Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection are now on the official Mortal Kombat Facebook page.
May 19th, 2011
10:57 AM CST -
It has been known for a few months now that Jazwares was working on a line of action figures for Mortal Kombat (2011). Every time they exhibited at various events they just used the same concept art renders for what the characters would look like, and never actually showing the figures in detail. Word is they are producing two lines of figures a larger more detailed 6 inch and a smaller 3.25 inch figure set.

Now thanks to The Pop Culture Network we get our first look at at the 6 inch tall figures.






We've attached the four figure thumbnails below, but be sure to head on over to the gallery on The Pop Culture Network for larger resolution looks at the figures. The figures all appear to have "over 15 points of articulation" so you can pose them easily any which way as well as interchangeable hands and weapons for further customization. These figures should be for sale later this summer according to Jazwares.

Thanks to our friend Ito from RetroWare TV for the tip!

Update: Forgot to mention that you can pre-order the figures over at ToyWiz.com. The smaller figures are retailing for $10-13 and the larger figures are looking like $15-20 each.
May 21st, 2011
10:16 AM CST -
As previously mentioned, Mortal Kombat (2011) features a system that allows NetherRealm Studios to tweak gameplay parameters remotely from their online servers without needing to issue a full patch to the game. After a month of the fighting game's public release, NRS has identified several places where characters needed to be tweaked to keep the game as balanced as possible.

Last night, NRS released a hotfix to their servers labeled Ver. 0.127S-208-FD70F4B3 (Xbox 360) / Ver. 0.127S-208-A0FAD3CF (PS3). In order to receive this hotfix, you will need to be signed into Xbox Live or PSN when you start up the game. The hotfix will download when the game's "Checking online for new features" popup appears at the main title screen when you press start for the first time. You will not be prompted to download a title update.

Here are the list of changes detailed on the official hotfix notes thread (login required):

  • Reduced some of Kung Lao’s combo and overall damage.

  • Reduced the damage on some special moves.

  • Increased the damage scaling after Kitana’s Enhanced ground fan toss.

  • Adjusted some juggle’s damage scaling.

  • Reduced the damage on some basic combos that were doing too much damage without using any meter.

  • Increased Sheeva’s damage output for several of her moves and attacks.

  • Temporarily Changed around some of Sonya’s fighting style properties to reduce her ability to lock someone down in block stun.

  • Changed Kano’s Towards Front Kick to a low block.

  • Reduced the recovery on Kano’s Upball to be closer to Johnny Cage’s Flip Kick recovery.

  • Increased the damage of some of Baraka’s special moves and attacks.

  • It is easier to juggle combo after hitting someone with Baraka’s chopchop on the ground.

  • Increased the damage scaling on a frozen opponent.

  • Baraka’s Away Front Kick, Front Punch combo is now a true popup.


May 23rd, 2011
1:26 PM CST -
NetherRealm Studios has released a new video at FEARnet with developers detailing the process behind creating fatalities in Mortal Kombat (2011). Several developers and artists from all different departments talk about the collective efforts needed to bring a fatality to life.


May 24th, 2011
2:40 PM CST -
NetherRealm Studios just sent us a video showing us the process that goes into creating Fatalities in Mortal Kombat (2011). All bases are covered in this five minute feature: from initial designs, animation motion capture and in-game effects.



This feature debuted yesterday on Fear.net, but has gone wide today.

Also in un-related news, the official Mortal Kombat Twitter Account teased earlier today about classic costume news coming in two weeks:

Looking for Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Reptile, Ermac, Jade, Kitana, and Mileena in their old school attire? Consider this two weeks notice.


Time will tell what that news actually will be, but sounds like the timed retailer exclusive of those costumes are about to expire.
May 25th, 2011
1:16 PM CST -
A few minutes ago, both Ed Boon and Rigo Cortes of NetherRealm Studios announced via Twitter a new DLC to be available for Mortal Kombat (2011). The tweet can be seen below:


"The 7 Klassic outfits & 3 Klassic fatalities that were retailer exclusives will be bundled into one DLC package. Trailer coming on Friday" - @noobde and @NinjaBoy66


This means that the DLC package will contain all the "Klassic Kostumes" for Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Reptile, Ermac, Kitana, Mileena and Jade that were previously only available as pre-order bonsues at various retailers worldwide. In addition to those costumes, the three "Klassic Fatalities" for Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Reptile will also be unlocked with this DLC package.

They said on Friday the remaining details like price and release date will go live with the release of an announcement trailer. We're guessing they will be released in the next two weeks as teased by the Official Mortal Kombat Twitter account yesterday.

Will we get extra costumes at a later time like the leaked Cyrax and Sektor Mortal Kombat 3 costumes? It seems that will in fact be happening as Rigo Cortes also confirmed on Twitter in response to a question by Mortal Kombat combo master Check_4900:


@Check_4900: @NinjaBoy66 Will there be some new costumes for characters after this?

@NinjaBoy66: @Check_4900 Yes


So it's great news so far, and we can't wait to see the remaining details on Friday!
May 27th, 2011
9:34 AM CST -
As promised, NetherRealm Studios just released the Mortal Kombat (2011) Klassic Skins Pack DLC video and final details. The Klassic Skins Pack will be available on Xbox Live Marketplace and the PlayStation Store for $4.99 (or 400 Microsoft Points) on Tuesday June 7th, 2011.




Please find enclosed a new video from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios, unveiling the first DLC for the recently released Mortal Kombat. The first downloadable pack offers gamers a chance to get all of the pre-order content in one set. The collection consists of seven pre-order klassic character skins for Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Reptile, Ermac, Mileena, Jade and Kitana and klassic fatalities for Reptile, Scorpion and Sub-Zero. The pack will be available starting June 7th on Microsoft Xbox Live Arcade for 400 Microsoft Points or $4.99 on PlayStation Network.

Mortal Kombat is the most brutal installment of the legendary fighting game to date and is currently available on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft in 2011. The game, along with the upcoming DLC, have all been developed by NetherRealm Studios, led by Mortal Kombat creator and creative director Ed Boon.

5:25 PM CST -
Mortal Kombat (2011) continues to infiltrate the competitive gaming landscape with many competitive tournaments featuring the NetherRealm Studios fighting game. Another competitive gaming league has added Mortal Kombat (2011) to the mix, as Major League Gaming has announced that they are adding the game to their MLG Columbus event, June 3rd - 5th. While the initial tournament will feature a $1,000 prize pool divided among five players, a future tournament in Raleigh, NC (Aug 26th - 28th) will feature a $7,000 payout for eight players.


Spectators, Pro Circuit competitors and pro players alike are eligible to compete. Full Official Rules will be provided on-site. The tournament will be going on all weekend long in the Mortal Kombat booth; come show everyone what you've got!

-1v1, walkup competition on the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) system
-Competitors will play one game, and the winner will stay at the station to play again
The eight players with the longest winning streaks over the course of Friday and Saturday will return on Sunday at 12pm to compete in the Sunday bracket:

-1v1, single elimination bracket
-Players will be seeded based on their winning streaks
-Matchups in the bracket will be Best-of-3, until the Finals, which will be Best-of-5
-An extra match will be played to determine 3rd and 4th Place
-1st Place = $500
-2nd Place = $250
-3rd Place = $150
-4th Place = $100

For more information read the announcement over on the Major League Gaming website.
May 31st, 2011
5:26 PM CST -
With E3 coming next week, NetherRealm Studios just released a video for the first DLC character Skarlet. Formerly known as the Lady in Red, Skarlet is a completely new character for the series based off old rumors of a red female ninja that date back to Mortal Kombat 2.



Skarlet's DLC release date and price are both not known at this time, but she will be playable for anyone attending E3 2011.
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