If you visit EB Games or GameStop, you can get your copy of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks today! The game is out a couple days early, as the release date is supposed to be Monday, September 19th. If you go in and say you didn't know it was out and you just wanted to pre-order it, you can probably get away with picking up the action figures by Jazwares, at no additional charge. Check out the display stuff the different stores have:
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So have fun playing MK: Shaolin Monks, everyone!

UPDATE - 19th September 2005 - Midway has issued a press release announcing the release of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks. From the press release:

CHICAGO – September 19, 2005 – Building on the success of its best-selling Mortal Kombat franchise, Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading software industry publisher and developer, today announced that it has shipped Mortal Kombat®: Shaolin Monks™ for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft.

"Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks delivers on our plan to produce quality Mortal Kombat titles on an annual basis," said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway. "In expanding the Mortal Kombat universe in the action/adventure genre, players can expect a challenging and innovative gameplay experience that adds a fresh new look and feel to our best-selling franchise."

The press release also has information on the marketing campaign for MK: Shaolin Monks. To read the press release in its entirety, click here.