News Archive - August, 2003
Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition reviewed at IGN
Pocket IGN has come through with their promised review of the recent release of Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition. They had some nice things to say about this GBA exclusive title, giving it an overall rating of 8.5; becoming one of IGN's Editor's Choice. From the article:

Midway had already impressed us with Deadly Alliance on the Game Boy Advance, offering a game that not only looked great on the handheld, but also played well with an aggressive, combo-based fighting engine. We've already raved about that development, which is why this review focuses on the additional elements that Tournament Edition brings to the handheld. The game's technical "wow" factor has died off in the sequel, but the focus on adding features -- both for single as well as multiple players -- keeps the design exciting and fun. And it's definitely worth a purchase...even if you've fronted the dough for the original

Definitely worth a purchase, indeed. Pick up Mortal Kombat: TE at your local retailer or by visiting our online store today.

UPDATE: We have just learned that MK: Tournament Edition has in fact won IGN's Editor's Choice award for August 2003. Our congratulations to Midway and the MK:TE development team for their achievement!

Miscellaneous MKTE Tidbits
Having spent some time on MK: Tournament Edition today, I have the following pieces of information to add:
  • If you beat the game with all the basic characters on normal difficulty, you don't get Reptile (or anyone else).
  • I unlocked Cyrax's Weapon Fatality when I beat 18 people in Survival mode with Cyrax. A little weird, because other Weapon Fatalities (Hsu Hao's, for example) are unlockable via koffins in the Krypt. I suspect that certain koffins, represented with question marks, are not "for sale" and can only be unlocked by performing some feat.
  • Easy Money - Test Your Might gives you over 1,000 koins at once if you qualify for the "Perfection Bonus". Just get your power meter filled all the way to the top. If you save up 12,000 red koins and purchase the "GA" koffin you can play Test Your Might all you want, and really rack those koins up high.
Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition Quickies!
We have a couple of quick updates concerning Midway's GBA fighter, Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition!
  • Unlock two locked characters w/o koins: While it's already been confirmed that Hsu Hao can be unlocked by beating the game in one-player Arcade mode at Normal or higher difficulty, a source within Midway has informed us that if you beat it with all characters at Normal or higher difficulty, Reptile is then unlocked!
  • Shades from the Past: Total-MK of Total Mortal Kombat was the first to tell us that one of the hidden stages is a 3D rendition of the Armory stage from Mortal Kombat II. Its koffin location is IL. As of right now it appears that it may be the only stage from the past to return, but we won't know for certain until all the koffins are unlocked...
As always, MK: Tournament Edition is available either from a retailer near you, or from the MK5.ORG Online Store!
Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition Ships!
Midway Games has shipped the Game Boy Advance-exclusive MK fighting game Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition! From Midway's press release:
THE TOURNAMENT BEGINS. Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition exclusive for the Game Boy ® Advance is now available at a retailer near you.

The deadly alliance between Shang Tsung and Quan Chi remains intact. Can they be defeated? A new set of warriors seeks a deadly revenge against the evil warlords.

NEW Multi-link capabilities allow up to four players to battle in new tournament play and tag team action!

More NEW features include:

Linked Multiplayer Capabilities/Dynamic modes:
4-Player Tournaments – Battle to win the tournament trophy
Tag Team Mode – Two characters can be selected to fight until both have lost in single or multiplayer
“Race To Raidenâ€? – Arcade style with a twist that enables gamers to change fighters after each battle to become the first to win as Raiden
Arcade Play – Make in-game wagers on connected battles
Co-op Mode – Players can use multiplayer, which is two vs. two
Reverse Compatibility – Link with
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance favorites to fight head-to-head as Scorpion, Shang Tsung and Quan Chi to earn and wager gold “koins.â€? Combine with red “koinsâ€? to open even greater secrets and riches.
Practice Mode – Wail on fighters while mastering fighting styles and special moves.
Gambling – Players will be able to bet in-game on the outcome of linked battles, mini-games and other secret fighting challenges.
Red “Koinsâ€? – Earn new red “koinsâ€? in order to unlock or purchase hidden characters, backgrounds and other features in the “krypt.â€? Red “koinsâ€? can only be earned by playing
Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition.
Battlegrounds – Fight in new dynamic environments such as the Lost Tomb, Wu Shi Academy, Sarna Ruins, Molochs Lair, as well as most popular backgrounds from the original
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance.
Warriors – Test fighting skills as Cyrax, Drahmin, Hsu Hao, Johnny Cage, Mavado, Raiden and Reptile or newcomers Bo Rai Cho and Nitra.
Exclusive Characters for the Game Boy Advance – Sareena plus two secret fighters
Improved Extended Player Statistics – Extended player statistics can be viewed for individual characters and player profile information can be saved in the game pack.
Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition will be arriving at retailers starting tomorrow. Or, if you would like to order it online, it is also available from the MK5.ORG Online Store.

We at MK5.ORG would like to send our congratulations to Midway's GBA development team on the release of what we anticipate to be a very worthy successor to the original MK: Deadly Alliance on GBA.
Ed Boon comments on the next Mortal Kombat
In the October 2003 (171) issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly, there is a special feature entitled "Monday, Bloody Monday", which celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Mortal Kombat series, providing a look back at the game's phenomenal success. Included is an interview with both co-creators of the game, Ed Boon and John Tobias. Definitely worth a read for any Mortal Kombat fan. When asked what the creators were working on now, Ed replied:

I'm working on a follow-up to Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. Our big thing that we're researching now is online. A lot of the magic of Mortal Kombat was the whole arcade social scenario, where you're playing strangers, and how many wins in a row can you get, king of the hill, and all that stuff. That was a really huge part of the game's success. So we really feel that online is the potential next way to re-create that whole phenomenon. We don't have a ship date yet, but we're shooting for 2004.

This is nothing new if you've been keeping up with our coverage since post E3. However, for those who need more reassurance that Mortal Kombat 6 will be online, you have it now. Thanks goes to users scorpio and MickXII for help on getting this update.

Hands-On Preview of MKTE from IGN!
Pocket IGN has come through with a hands-on preview of Midway's upcoming GBA-exclusive fighter, Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition! This preview is short on new details, but it does summarize what is known so far. From the article:
Tournament Edition has been handled by the same internal team at Midway that brought Deadly Alliance to life on the Game Boy Advance. Tournament Edition features the same 3D graphic and fighting engine as Deadly Alliance, which is definitely not a bad thing considering how successful a fighting game Deadly Alliance turned out on the handheld. The game looks, plays and feels just like last year's game, so if you enjoyed what Midway offered up with Deadly Alliance, then Tournament Edition could be a no-brainer.
The article also promises a review once the game is actually released. To read the article in its entirety, click here.

Our thanks to forum members nthdimension and CAMK for the heads-up on this story!
Goddards Death Decided To Be Accidental
It turns out that actor Trevor Goddard, who played Kano in the Mortal Kombat movies, did not die of a suicide as many have speculated. Though he did die of a drug overdose (heroin, cocaine, valium, vicodin were all found in his body), the coroner has ruled that his death was an accident.

Also interesting to note, Goddard was an Englishman posing as an Australian. He worked hard at changing his accent, and came up with a story about how he was born in Perth and later moved to the U.S. to become a professional boxer.

Read the full article here. Thanks to Shaz for letting us know.

Nintendo Power Reviews MK:TE!
Nintendo's own gaming magazine Nintendo Power reviewed Midway's soon to be released GBA-exclusive fighter Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition in volume 171 of their magazine, and gave it a fairly glowing review! From the article:
Exclusive characters, tag-team matches, four-player tournaments, a betting feature and new battlegrounds make Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition the best MK game yet for the GBA. The animation is a little choppy and the graphics are often pixelated, but the action is nonstop and the play control is tight and responsive.
The game earned an average of three and a half stars out of five from the five reviewers. The article and review is not online yet, but you can pick up a copy when it goes on sale at your nearest newsstand!

Remember, you can pre-order Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition from the MK5.ORG Online Store. Our thanks to forum/chat member theeldergodofice for the heads-up on this review!
MK: Deadly Alliance wins Best Brawl at G-Phoria awards
G-PHORIAG4 TV, a channel about video games and gamer lifestyle, taped its first video game award show entitled G-Phoria, last night in Hollywood. It was a full-house event featuring an audience full of celebrities, video game journalists, and respected members of the industry. The event was hosted by actor/comedian, Jamie Kennedy. Several awards were given out from such categories like Best Adaptation to Most Annoying Character. Of interest to us however, is that the award of Best Brawl was given to the top-selling fighting game hit, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, beating out Namco's Tekken 4. Congratulations to Midway Games for the continued success of their game!

G-Phoria, sponsored by EB Games and JEEP, will air Friday, August 8th at 8:00 PM EST.