News Archive - October 2007
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After a lot of silence it seems that there is a small progress on the emulation scene. Aaron Giles, a programmer from MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) team, said in his blog that he had left all of his current projects and started working on ZEUS emulation.
For those of you who are not familiar with it, ZEUS is the name of the hardware, that was used in the Mortal Kombat 4 Arcade machines. This piece of hardware is what makes the emulation so hard. We will continue to track the progress of the emulation so staz close to this site for more news.
Click here to see the post on Aaron Giles blog. It has some screenshots.
There hasn't been much new Ultimate Mortal Kombat information lately. But today is different. Today we have a lot of new stuff to share with you. So, let us begin:
Midway has opened the official Ultimate Mortal Kombat Website. There are not many things you can actually see there, but this will hopefully change soon.
Midway has released a second trailer for the game. This time the video shows gameplay from Puzzle Kombat.
Click here to see the trailer. The trailer can be downloaded from our Ultimate Mortal Kombat section.
Midway hasn't announced officially the release date for Ultimate Mortal Kombat. The only thing the fans knew was November 2007. But according to some online stores that offer the game for preorder, the release dates are as follow:
NTCS (USA, Canada): November 12, 2007
PAL (Europe): November 30, 2007
You can now preorder the game in our Online Store. Click here to be one of first who will get their hands on a copy of Ultimate Mortal Kombat.
We have also updated our Ultimate Mortal Kombat section. It now contains the latest trailers and information. Remember to check back soon for more.
That is all guys. One year of waiting and we ended up with only 17 bios released for Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. And why do I say this? Because two days ago dv8withn8 a moderator on Midway Boards posted the following message:
Unfortunately, there won't be anymore bios released for Armageddon.
The message was followed by another one, by the same person:
I'd imagine the team is devoting all of their efforts into making MK8 the best it can be. Only a year remains before it's anticipated to be released!
Whether all this is true or not is irrelevant, the facts remain the same. We haven't seen new bio for almost 2 months.
All this forced fans of the game to create an online petition, and demand the promised bios.
We, the staff of Mortal Kombat Secrets would like to support them and promote the petition by placing a banner that leads to it on our main page.
Show your support to and sign it as soon as possible.
Click here to sign the petition.
Click here tto read the topic on Midway Boards.
OK, before you start screaming happily, read the entire news please.
Currently Mortal Kombat 8 is announced as Next Generation MK game for the next generation of consoles. These are PlayStation 3, XBox 360 and Wii. Due to hardware limitations we exclude Nintendo Wii. It is unclear if the Wii is capable of handling the Unreal Engine 3.
Right here is actually where this news comes from. According to the official Unreal Technology website, Mortal Kombat 8 is being developed for PlayStation 3, XBox 360 and PC. It will be nice to see the Return of Mortal Kombat to the PC. Any official announcement from Midway is still missing.
So please keep in mind that mistakes on Unreal Technology website are possible.
Click here to see the page where Mortal Kombat 8 is listed for PC too.
Thanks to our forum member fymfifa for the heads-up on this news.
A couple of days ago IGN posted a Hands-on preview of Ultimate Mortal Kombat for Nintendo DS. Here is the most interesting part of the article:
And it's a pretty spot-on conversion of the arcade game. Other Ocean Interactive, the development team that worked on the Xbox Live Arcade rendition, has emulated the arcade version of Mortal Kombat 3 extremely well. Oh, there are the little things, like a not-as-seamless transition between the two-tier fighting locations after uppercutting an opponent through the ceiling. But the action is smooth, the fatalities are intact, and the blood is ample. Even the game's two player mode via single cartridge multiplayer is near flawless, though you only get four characters to choose from: the male and female palette-swapped ninjas Scorpion and Reptile, as well as Kitana and Jade.
The Nintendo Wi-Fi support is still a key part of the game, though like any early Nintendo DS game it's tough to test this feature out before the release simply due to the lack of people ready to go online. But if it's anything like playing it local wireless you've got nothing to worry about. The game's record keeping is basic but it at least tracks all your wins and losses when you hop online…as well as how many successful fatalities, animalities, babalities, and friendships you performed.
Puzzle Kombat is here and it's just as tightly developed as when it was included in Mortal Kombat Deception. One screen is for the gameplay while the other keeps track of the glorified 3D animations of the fighters. And, just like Mortal Kombat 3, you can swap the screens in a menu option. This also uses single and multi-cartridge multiplayer, and it works over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service.
The preview comes packed with a few videos and a lot of screenshots:
You should notice the fact that the Ultimate Kombat Kode is now only 5 symbols instead of 10.
Click here to read the entire preview.
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