News Archive - August, 2007
Midway Releases Ashrahs Bio From MKA!

After another period of silence, Midway has posted another bio from the most recent console release, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon! Following the most recent bio, Nitara, this bio features the demon slayer Ashrah. These two characters have become well connected, and this bio basically tells Ashrah's side of what was learned in Nitara's bio.

After slaying countless demons with the kriss I discovered in the Netherrealm, my soul was no longer corrupt and I transcended that hell. I emerged in an unfamiliar realm at the feet of celestial beings who glowed with blinding light. They explained to me that the kriss is a tool, able to transform its finder into a warrior powerful enough to purify the world. I am their chosen one, the ascending demon they were searching for.

Awestruck by their celestial beauty, I surrendered myself to the beings’ will. My purpose in the cosmos was never more clear: I would do what they asked of me and consume the darkness, bringing peace to the realms. By doing so I would also achieve absolute purification - I would join them as an angel of light!

The celestials had brought me here, a realm of darkness known as Vaeternus, to begin my crusade against a cunning vampire race. The vile creatures feed off the blood of their prey and spread their corruption unhindered throughout the realms. Seductive and powerful is their dark magic, but it would not save them from the purity of my holy kriss.

And so I hunted them. With each vampire I "pacified" the sword crackled with holy light. I felt as though the blade and I were both growing stronger. Our strength was not enough, however, as one female vampire bested me and escaped to Edenia. Slaying her has become my focus. If I can gain power enough to defeat Nitara, nothing will prevent my ascension!

To read the bio on the official site, click here.

Thanks to forum member for sending in this newslead.

IGN Posts Impressions from Ultimate MK For The DS
From the Games Convention 2007
The folks over at IGN have made it to the Games Convention 2007 in Leipzig, Germany, where they got to check out Ultimate Mortal Kombat on the Nintendo DS. From the article, apparently written by the world's #1 Stryker fan:
The DS lends itself nicely to the Mortal Kombat game. The controls are responsive and precise and we didn't find it difficult to string out any combination of Stryker's fearsome moves. Since this is the same Mortal Kombat game you've been playing for years, touch controls and the second screen don't come into play. Even with the low resolution screen, this port of the arcade version makes Stryker look almost as good as he originally did on the big screen.

This isn't just a simple port of the original Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, though. Added to the mix are a local multiplayer game with other DS owners and a wi-fi internet mode. Sadly, no other DSs were on hand with UMK running to try these modes out. The game will also keep track of your stats over time, including wins, losses, streaks, and the number of fatalities, babalities, etc. that you've pulled off.

UMK on DS also sports the Puzzle Kombat mode from Deception. Puzzle Kombat has been adapted to the DS to take advantage of the two screens, but the gameplay is essentially the same. This mode, too, can be played locally or over the wi-fi and the game keeps track of your wins and losses, just like the UMK3 side to this release. Again, we didn't have anyone else to play with so it's tough to say exactly how well those multiplayer modes work.
To read the article in its entirety, click here. We'd live to give a shout out to for submitting the News Lead on this story!
GameSpot Posts Impressions from Ultimate MK For The DS
From the Games Convention 2007
The folks over at GameSpot have made it to the Games Convention 2007 in Leipzig, Germany, where they got to check out Ultimate Mortal Kombat on the Nintendo DS. From the article:
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 offers the 19 fighters from the original title, with three unlockable characters taking the total to 22. By default, punch buttons have been mapped to the X and A buttons, with kicks on Y and B, and block on the right shoulder button. As we've discovered with previous fighters on the console, the buttons can be a little fiddly and awkward during prolonged use, but it's still possible to pull off the special moves with a little practice. The game also offers a fairly lengthy challenge thanks to the novice, warrior, and two master levels.

Puzzle Kombat is a game much in the mould of Columns and Tetris but with a fighting spin. Sets of two coloured blocks fall down the screen, and the aim is to arrange blocks of one colour together. Then, every fifth or so time, one block will fall that makes all interconnected blocks of one colour disappear. This then charges up a special move meter that can be used by the fighters on the top screen to knock one another out.

What really impresses about the package is how Midway has implemented local and online wireless multiplayer for both games. Two players can link up locally using two carts or game sharing, and you can also use the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection to play people across the world. The game saves single-player and multiplayer high scores to the cart, and you can set up user profiles, too.
Not to speculate, but one can infer from the article that if it saves high scores, it would most likely will save the unlocked characters as well - meaning that once you use the Ultimate Kombat Kodes unlock Ermac, Classic Sub-Zero, and Mileena, you'll have never have to do so again. To read the article in its entirety, click here.
GameSpot Posts 3 Pics from Ultimate MK For The DS
Looks like the folks over at GameSpot have posted another 3 images from Ultimate Mortal Kombat, the combination of Ultimate MK3 and Puzzle Kombat to be released laster this year on the Nintendo DS. Judging from the first screenshot, which appears to be the main menu and boasts the new logo for Ultimate MK on the top screen as well as for the classic UMK3 and Puzzle Kombat on the bottom screen, you'll most likely be able to use the DS's stylus to select which game you want to load. As noted before, with Puzzle Kombat, the fights with the characters take place on the stop screen so as to not get in the way of the blocks. As for UMK3 itself, it doesn't appear that the game will be able to make much use of the top screen (other than showing the character's bios as you highlight them on the select screen, as noted previously). Here are the images:
To browse through the rest of the images, click here. Our big thanks go to for the News Lead on this.
Midway Announces European Lineup for Games Convention 2007
UMK3 for DS To Be Released This November
At the Games Convention 2007 held in Leipzig, Germany, Midway announced a list of games that will ship later on in the year. On the list includes Ultimate Mortal Kombat for the Nintendo DS which will be released this November. Other games include:
  • Stranglehold
  • BlackSite
  • Unreal Tournament 3
  • Cruis'n™
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am
  • Game Party
  • Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends: Imagination Invaders
  • Hour of Victory™
  • Wheelman™
  • TNA iMPACT!™
To read the article in its entirety, click here. Our big thanks go to for the News Lead on this.
Jazwares To Release Kintaro Figure!
The folks over at Jazwares have done it again! For the first time ever, an action figure of Kintaro will be released under the MK: Shaolin Monks line of figures.

According to the article, it still has yet to be determined if this will be a general release figure or some type of exclusive.

To read the article in its entirety, click here. Thanks go to for the news!
IGN Posts A Host Of New Ultimate Mortal Kombat Material!

Gaming site IGN has revealed new information, images and video from the upcoming Ultimate Mortal Kombat for the Nintendo DS. In the center of this update is a new preview of the game, as Midway stopped by the IGN offices to show off what they call a "near final version" of the game. There still does not appear to be a use found for the top screen of the DS, except in Puzzle Kombat, which has been mentioned previously. The focus is mostly on the accuracy of the emulation and the online multi-player capabilities of the game.

If you started Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, you'd be booted to an emulated version of the arcade running on the lower screen of the Nintendo DS. Small visual sacrifices have to be made mainly due to the Nintendo DS system's lesser resolution, so the graphics have a bit of "shimmering" going on as the development team resizes the higher resolution arcade on the lower resolution LCD screen. But beyond that, the game looks, plays, and sounds spot-on to the arcade original, and works extremely well using the standard D-pad and button configuration - the Nintendo DS matches the amount of buttons of the arcade game: high and low punch, high and low kick, block and run, all mapped to a button on the handheld system. All the blood, violence, and fatalities are in there, which admittedly, aren't nearly as shocking as they were back in the day thanks to years of designers one-upping the gore in their own games.

Local multiplayer is a simple matter of hosting a game and letting someone join, or joining a game that someone else is hosting. You'll get a full experience if both players have a cartridge, but the developers managed to squeeze in single cartridge multiplayer where you'll get a taste of the two player combat. The sacrifices in this Download Play option are that you'll only get to fight in one arena, and only four characters (including Scorpion, Jade, and Liu Kang) are playable. In our playtest, local wireless mode was absolutely flawless with no sacrifice in speed.

The real test will be the online multiplayer, and this was the only mode we didn't get a chance to try out due to its early-in-development status. But when it's available you'll be able to hop online using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service and link up with friends via Friend Code, or random players via a rival system. It'll track your wins and losses in an extensive ranking system.

In addition to the review, IGN has also posted new media in the form of five new images and a video. To read the remainder of the preview, click here. The videos and images can be accessed by clicking on the links found on the preview page.

Thanks to forum members and for the leads.

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