In the early 1990’s we saw the release of Street Fighter II a title that changed arcades till their last days. Midway couldn’t stand idly by so they released a one on one fighting game that took things a few steps farther. While Street Fighter II was a cartoon style game like most arcade games of the time, Mortal Kombat came in with digitized graphics. Real actors portrayed the moves featured in the game while Street Fighter II used hand drawn animation. Now, nearly 20 years after its initial release, Mortal Kombat is coming to the Atari 2600.
This is not an official port, hence the title “Bandit Gaming”. Midway, or whomever owns the rights now, is not behind this game in any way that I know of. That would be cool if we could get some support for this like we saw with Halo 2600 and are seeing for “Legend” on Atari 2600. It could happen. It is just good old plain good support of the fanbase. No one is going to confuse this with the currently being sold games, not by any stretch of the imagination.
What is here is a two player battle with both players controlling Raiden. Don’t expect fatalities just yet. Right now, the animation is pretty basic and it would be tough for a person that has no knowledge of Mortal Kombat to figure out that is Raiden. He is just a jumble of pixels at the moment. The Outlands are similarly displayed but well, this is the Atari 2600 so what can you really expect?
AtariAge forum member, “Jinroh” is working on Mortal Kombat for Atari 2600 in his spare time. He is putting as much time has he can into this work in progress so progress should be available in the not too distant future.
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