As reported in a previous story; gaming retailer GameStop have updated their listings to include the upcoming April 1st release of the Official Mortal Kombat Strategy Guide. Available in two editions, the guide is published by Prima Games, a division of Random House known for the quality of their work on thousands of well known strategy books, including guides for many of the majority of previous MK titles.

You can currently pre-order standard and collector's editions of the guide through GameStop's online store, at a price of $19.99 and $29.99, respectively. Details about the contents of the guide, and what separates the two versions, remains largely unspecified. Descriptions for the game, however, do make interesting references to the nature of Mortal Kombat and it's plot, implying the canon of the games may be in store for some changes.

After centuries of Mortal Kombat, Emperor Shao Kahn has finally defeated Raiden and his allies. Faced with extinction, Raiden has one last chance. To undo the Emperor's victory, he must strike Shao Kahn where he is vulnerable...The Past.

  • Making a big return to mature presentation and classic 2D fighting engine
  • Captivating storyline that rewrites the history of the Mortal Kombat Tournament
  • State-of-the art technology showcasing stunning 3D environments and characters
  • Re-invigorating the franchise with new multiplayer components
  • First fighting game to be displayed in Stereoscopic 3D
  • Update Feb. 15: An updated listing on elaborates on the contents of Kollector's Edition versions of the guide, promising a variety of enticing bonuses pertaining to cross-media items, including behind the scenes spotlights, and a track from the Mortal Kombat: Songs Inspired by the Warriors album [full story].

    • All content from regular edition book
    • Exclusive theme song from Teenage Riot Records
    • Behind the Music - Exclusive interviews with the theme song artists
    • Tournament caliber strategy for the serious tournament players
    • Inside NetherRealm Studio feature
    • Massive concept art section
    • Laminated move reference cards for all characters
    • Character histories with Fatality gallery and warrior evolution
    • Embossed Hardcover with special foil logo

    Mortal Kombat will be available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. with an expected US release date of April 19. You can already pre-order the game in standard and kollector's editions through most major retailers, including GameStop, who are offering an exclusive pre-order bonus of "Klassic" Scorpion outfit and fatality [full story].

    Thanks to and for the word on the strategy guide!