Mortal Kombat II Set to Slice Sony's PlayStation 3
Let's face it, gamers are getting older. Although the majority of us are hardly concerned with social security or pension checks, we're old enough that an entirely new market has opened up for developers to cash in on: the nostalgic arcade. Microsoft kicked off the festivities with the Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade, and the Nintendo Wii's Virtual Console has impressed early on with some of the biggest hits to date. Far behind is Sony, which has only recently begun to peter out a few noteworthy classics.
Perhaps the most significant deal struck by Sony Online Entertainment is with Midway, a developer that can legitimately claim "guru" status in the arcade realm. In January, SOE announced that it would be bringing six Midway titles to the PS3, with the first being Mortal Kombat II. That's now growing closer, with the classic 2D fighter set to hit in March for $4.99 USD.
Fans of Mortal Kombat will recall the second edition of the game as a considerable improvement on the original. That's primarily because both the appeal and sheer number of characters were significantly enhanced. A few new figures made their debut in MKII, with none having more of a popular impact than the Baraka and his slicing forearms. The character improvements certainly made the game a favorite, although drastic updates to the gameplay – including a run function – were not added until Mortal Kombat 3.
The $4.99 price tag is fairly impressive considering the quality of Midway's title. It's also about half the cost of comparable games on Microsoft's XBLA. Other future Midway hits set for PS3 release include Gauntlet II, Joust, Rampage World Tour, Rampart, and Championship Sprint.
Errr…sounds like Midway decided NOT to save the best for last.