Downloadable Mortal Kombat trilogy Kollection announced

The first three Mortal Kombats are coming to PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 this summer in a $10 downloadable Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection.

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In the wake of the surprisingly good new Mortal Kombat, publisher Warner Bros. announced today that the original three Mortal Kombat games are getting a downloadable re-release in "late summer" on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

The Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection will offer "arcade-perfect" ports of Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat 2, and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3--a revamped version of the third game--for $10 (800 Microsoft Points). They're being tarted up with online play, leaderboards, achievements and trophies.

"We are very excited to finally have the first three Mortal Kombat games available in one download package for long-time and new fans to play," said Mortal Kombat co-creator and NetherRealm creative director Ed Boon. "With the release of our 2011 Mortal Kombat, and its return to 2D game play, players have been asking for these classic titles and we are happy to deliver them."

If you're not happy spending only $10, though, you can cough up $129.99 for a special retro joystick bundled with a code to download the Kollection. Available in Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions exclusively from GameStop, the Mortal Kombat Klassic Fight Sticks are made by PDP, the company responsible for the celebrated Mortal Kombat Tournament Edition Fight Sticks which accompanied the new game.

Mortal Kombat 2 was previously released on the PlayStation Network and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 hit Xbox Live Arcade, but both were pulled from sale following the collapse of publisher Midway in 2009. That was when Warner Bros. stepped in to snap up the franchise and its developers.

Rumours of an original trilogy compilation were sparked back in November 2010 after a UK retailer listed, then promptly pulled, a "Mortal Kombat Arcade Compilation" for PlayStation 3.

The old games are a bit rubbish when not seen through the Vaseline-smeared lens of nostalgia, mind.

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    May 12, 2011 9:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Downloadable Mortal Kombat trilogy Kollection announced.

    The first three Mortal Kombats are coming to PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 this summer in a $10 downloadable Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection.

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      May 12, 2011 9:02 AM

      Nice!! And there will also be Classic Arcade stick per PDP.

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      May 12, 2011 9:03 AM

      YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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      May 12, 2011 9:03 AM

      PC VERSION!!

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        May 12, 2011 9:11 AM

        I fondly remember days playing MK3 (DOS version) 15 years ago

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          May 12, 2011 9:23 AM

          Yes! I found MK3 in a Media Play bargain bin. Such a great port; all the PC MKs were well done.

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            May 12, 2011 9:24 AM

            the windows version of MK3 was pretty poor, though (early Direct-X). thankfully both DOS and Windows were on the same disc

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            May 12, 2011 9:27 AM

            It really was. I played the living crap out of MK3DOS, i had some cheap little noname gamepad that was layed out like a 6 button genesis controller and let me tell you brother, that little gamepad launched alot of fireballs and spears. Strangely enough that gamepad came bundled with Doom 2, and it lasted me longer than it had any right too. Never used it for doom though ;)

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              May 13, 2011 11:15 AM

              Mortal Kombat 3 for DOS is the best Mortal Kombat game to date. I am not about to play the new one as it's not available for the PC :(

              mk3.exe 666 all day long. and the 8 fighter quick tournament was REALLY great. man, those were the days. we would smoke some weed and play mk3 for hours and hours.

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          May 12, 2011 9:25 AM

          Hell yeah, it was an awesome translation.

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          May 12, 2011 10:10 AM

          I do not fondly remember it. I remember that the difficulty settings were bugged, and the game was always on 'very hard'.

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        May 12, 2011 10:53 AM

        YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

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      May 12, 2011 9:05 AM

      Also, you guys with the MK Fight Stick. It works on the PC!

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      May 12, 2011 9:07 AM

      Must buy!

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      May 12, 2011 9:12 AM

      I hope they've licensed some decent rollback tech like GGPO.

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      May 12, 2011 9:16 AM

      Unf.

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      May 12, 2011 9:22 AM

      Okay, I know you (misguided) people don't care for MK4. But seriously, why not just throw it on there to make the kollection arcade-complete? Every arcade MK in one bundle - that'd be awesome.

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        May 12, 2011 9:28 AM

        mk4 on pc was pretty awesome

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        May 12, 2011 9:35 AM

        Game size maybe?

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        May 12, 2011 9:44 AM

        It would taint the rest of the collection.

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        May 12, 2011 9:54 AM

        My guess would be that it's because MK4 used a 3D engine, whereas the other three are 2D engine games, so it really wouldn't "match" the others. MK4 is closer to MK9 (3D engine in 2D plane) so it probably looks much "worse" than, say, the 2D sprites of MK1-3.

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        May 12, 2011 10:10 AM

        At the time, I loved MK4, but I guess it was just that I was in love with 3D at the time.

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        May 12, 2011 11:16 AM

        MK4 was hugely meh. I did play the shit out of it on PC (never did find it in the arcade), but I think by then the series just completely lost its luster.

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        May 12, 2011 1:21 PM

        Because MK4 is bad, so bad that in MK9 we went back in time to prevent MK4 through 7 from happening.

        So it cant be included because MK4 doesnt exist. You cant include a game that was never made. CASE CLOSED.

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      May 12, 2011 9:43 AM

      What does the last line of your article even mean?

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        May 12, 2011 9:52 AM

        They're pants, son.

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        May 12, 2011 9:57 AM

        it means your memories of the game are convolved with your feelings of nostalgia, lending to them a gentle haze which masks the truth: they are 15+ years old, featuring dated graphics and finicky controls. the haze will be wiped clean when you pay your $10 and play them again.

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          May 12, 2011 10:25 AM

          10 bucks is a fair price for some nostalgia.

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          May 12, 2011 9:06 PM

          There's nothing finicky about the controls. Maybe you're the one whose recollections are muddled.

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          May 12, 2011 9:22 PM

          your statement was more thought out and better written.

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            May 13, 2011 8:52 AM

            thank you. handsome of you to say so.

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        May 12, 2011 9:48 PM

        It means Netherrealms games must not advertise on shacknews

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      May 12, 2011 10:00 AM

      FUUUUUUUUUUUUCK YEAH!

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      May 12, 2011 10:03 AM

      That's cool I guess, but you may as well spring the extra $30 and just buy MK9.

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      May 12, 2011 10:18 AM

      Downloadable game on psn? It won't be early this summer.

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      May 12, 2011 10:27 AM

      No mention of HD remake? whodafuc wants standard def just because its packaged together lol?

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        May 12, 2011 10:28 AM

        I would really like MK3 for the PS3, standard or hd. I've almost forgotten my super Kabal combos!

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      May 12, 2011 10:28 AM

      This is something they should have put out there before MK9

    • Ebu
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      May 12, 2011 10:33 AM

      Why bother? The new Mortal Kombat recons history.

      This is the alpha and the omega.

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        May 12, 2011 10:39 AM

        cash in on the nostalgia while it's hot

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        May 12, 2011 12:44 PM

        A fun game is a fun game regardless of storyline.

        • Ebu
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          May 12, 2011 1:30 PM

          I'm not talking about the storyline. The new MK erased all previous ones from existence.

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            May 12, 2011 1:59 PM

            Is that a retcon though? MK did it more like the new Star Trek, with an alternate reality broken off from the original one.

            I thought retcons involved the omission and rewriting of elements in the current timeline or history.

            • Ebu
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              May 12, 2011 2:36 PM

              No, I'm saying that the new MK is so good that the older ones no longe rexist.

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      May 12, 2011 10:44 AM

      So where's the new Mortal Kombat for PC?

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      May 12, 2011 11:33 AM

      The old MK games are rubbish?

      No, ma'am. Not one bit.

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        May 12, 2011 11:51 AM

        Not one bit, but three bits. Guess which!

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        May 12, 2011 1:56 PM

        Even my MK fanboy friend admits that they're pretty bad these days, because they are! He just likes to play them for nostalgia's sake.

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        May 12, 2011 8:54 PM

        Quoting from a "hot news tip" to Shacknews on MK vs. DC Universe, as read on Idle Thumbs 8 by Chris Remo (at about minute 38 or so; just listen for the piano):

        WHAT THE FUCK JUST FACE IT ONE OF OUR FAVORITE GAMES HAS OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT, NOT IN STORES, BUT IN RATINGS. THIS IS THE WORST GAME I HAVE BOUGHT! WHAT'S REALLY FUCKED IS SOME OF US HAVE PAID UP TO 500 DOLLARS FOR A HIFIDEF GAME CONSOLE AND THEN GAME PRODUCERS ARE GOING TO PUT OUT A TWO-BIT OVERHYPED GAMES OUT AND CHARGE US 60 BUCKS A GAME! I COULD HAVE SAVED MYSELF 560 US DOLLARS BY DIGGING OUT MY SEGA GENIUS AND THE ORIGINAL MK HAS MORE REALISTIC GRAPHICS AND MAYBE BEST FLEW WITH THE NEW ONE WHERE FUCKING WHO KICKS LIKE THAT CHEESY? PROBABLY THE PRODUCER. AND IN THAT CASE HE NEEDS TO GET HIS ASS KICKED. THE GAMEPLAY FEELS LIKE I'M PLAYING HUNGRY HUNGRY HIPPOS AND ROCK EM SOCK EM ROBOTS. THE OLD FONT LOOKS LIKE THE SAME FONT ON THE ORIGINAL APPLE COMPUTER AND ALL THE DC CHARACTERS ARE JUST OLD MK CHARACTERS! FLASH IS KUNG LAO GREEN LANTERN IS THE BLINDFOLDED FOOL, BATMAN IS CYRAX, DEATHSTROKE IS KABAL, SUPERMAN IS REPTILE. TO THE NEW CREATOR OF THIS BULLSHIT I THINK YOU SHOULD FIRE YOUR WHOLE STAFF. AND START BACK FROM THE TOP, GO BACK TO ATARI, NO WAIT BETTER YET STICK TO POGS YOU LOP OUT CHEAP OUT CHEAP ASS BASTARD I HOPE YOU CHOKE ON AN ACTION FIGURE. SINCERELY, THESE NUTS.

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      May 12, 2011 4:24 PM

      Sold!

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      May 12, 2011 8:50 PM

      "The old games are a bit rubbish when not seen through the Vaseline-smeared lens of nostalgia, mind."

      Completely disagree. They play as well as they ever did, and especially with regards to the running and comboing gameplay of UMK3, remains as some of the most fast paced fighting in the genre.

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      May 12, 2011 9:35 PM

      MK3 was the best.

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      May 13, 2011 12:11 AM

      They might not be the best, but they're enjoyable for a bit.

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      May 13, 2011 12:15 AM

      I'm in.