Arcade1Up's CES 2022 reveals for its Legacy line of Atari, Bandai Namco, and Midway cabinets includes an all-new Mortal Kombat arcade machine boasting online for free multiplayer. As numerous are very well aware, Arcade1Up has released Mortal Kombat arcade cabinets previously. One particular device is a “Countercade” full of the original MK, MKII, MK 3, and supreme Mortal Kombat 3. And merely last year, the hardware manufacturer treated retro enthusiasts to some larger-scale MK-themed machine open to purchase at various retailers.
The Midway-published Mortal Kombat first hit arcades within the fall of 1992 before spawning several sequels, spinoffs, and flicks. Along with Night Trap, the violent content a part of the knowledge spawned controversy that ultimately resulted in the founding of the ESRB. Unlike a lot of its contemporaries, though, Mortal Kombat remains a fundamental element of pop culture nearly 3 decades later. It's arguably accepted ever, too; MK11 alone who has sold over 12 million units, bringing the franchise's sales total to 73 million as of July 2022. Within the coming months, MK faithful will have yet another way to experience a few of the classic entries.
CES 2022 saw Arcade1Up unveil Mortal Kombat 30th Anniversary Edition, an all-new arcade cabinet commemorating the iconic brand's milestone year. Akin to previous iterations from the machine mentioned above, the Anniversary Edition will include the original title, MKII, MK 3, and UMK3, filled with the series' trademark gore and Fatalities. Better yet, prospective customers can look toward firing up versus matches against a CPU, second player around the sticks, or an online opponent via free multiplayer functionality. Your cabinet will become available to purchase sometime this year, though Arcade1Up has yet to talk about pricing details. As Gizmodo notes, however, the WiFi-connected NBA JAM Arcade Machine currently costs $550; thus, Mortal Kombat 30th Anniversary Edition could launch in a similar price point.
Arcade1Up's CES 2022 announcements included as well reveals for brand new Pac-Man, Centipede, and Killer Instinct cabinets, all scheduled to produce on an unspecified date this twelve months. Undoubtedly, the most recent Mortal Kombat model assists as a fan-favorite release, especially in light of the 30th anniversary.
The newest Mortal Kombat entry, MK11, hit store shelves in early 2022 for consoles and PC. The wait is on for that inevitable Mortal Kombat 12, which NetherRealm Studios and publisher WB Games have yet to unveil.