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Get All Nostalgic With The Mortal Kombat Fight Stick

Ooooooooh...pweeeeetty.

Say hello to the "authentic American-style fight stick," which will come with the Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition on April 19. For $149.99, you can take home an accessory that will remind you of the early days of arcade gaming, and as they say at the PlayStation Blog, it's created by NetherRealm, the team that helped design the cabinets for the classic arcade MK experiences.

"Connected via a USB cable, the unit is big and burly with a sturdy, substantial feel and some serious heft. A thick memory foam pad cushions the bottom of the unit, enabling comfortable knee-top play (though it’ll work just fine propped on a coffee table, too). A sliding metal latch enables the top to flip open, revealing a neat internal wiring array as well as a capacious cavity that will accommodate games, accessories, and anything else you manage to cram in there. No severed body parts, please.

Mortal Kombat arcade veterans will immediately recognize the baseball-bat-shaped joystick and concave buttons — an iconic American design that Ars Technica gaming editor Ben Kuchera has cleverly dubbed the “superhero” (“because it’s a bat and a cave”). The stick itself has a tighter, springier feel compared to the looser action of ball-topped Japanese-style sticks that are widely available on the PS3. Joystick design preference can be a touchy topic with serious fighting fans: Some players will always prefer the raised buttons and looser feel of the Japanese-inspired fighting sticks, while others will appreciate the distinctive feel of this American-style stick. Like many things in life, it ultimately comes down to personal preference."

Of course, you want one. You're going to need one if you wish to be a super MK fighter. It's a requirement. You can use a silly ol' gamepad if you want, but you run the risk of being mocked by those who learned - in fact, trained - on the cabinets back in the day. There's a right way to do things...and a wrong way.

Related Game(s): Mortal Kombat

Tags: mk, mortal kombat, mortal kombat fight stick

3/11/2011 9:02:59 PM John Shepard

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Comments (13 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 11, 2011 @ 9:53:09 PM
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Oh man I'd love to have that, and an MKII cabinet, but it's just too much. I'll do okay with my DS3. Long live Mortal Kombat.

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Pandacastro
Friday, March 11, 2011 @ 10:02:32 PM
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I wanted this fighting game but my brother ended up getting MvC3 with there figth stick and he stop playing it a week later.

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GuernicaReborn
Friday, March 11, 2011 @ 10:09:08 PM
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I was like, aww sweet!! then I saw the price and I was like aww hell no.

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tridon
Friday, March 11, 2011 @ 10:11:44 PM
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I've purchased every single MK game for a PlayStation system and I've been purchasing the Kollector's Editions ever since their debut with Deception on the PS2. This game, however, has me completely stumped. I want them all!!! I already have the Kollector's Edition pre-ordered as well as the Steelbook that's exclusive to Future Shop here in Canada, but I want this Tournament Edition, too! There's just no way in hell I can afford or justify paying over $300 for one game. Grrr...

Oh, and as World kindly put it, LONG LIVE MORTAL KOMBAT!!!

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Oxvial
Friday, March 11, 2011 @ 10:35:27 PM
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BTW who played the demo already?, hows the gameplay, very mkII? that's my fave .

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___________
Saturday, March 12, 2011 @ 12:27:23 AM
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really looking forward to this!
hope it does get passed here because for some reason no online retailer is selling the collectors edition they only sell the standard.
:(
i really wanted to get that scorpion and sub zero statue!

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Alienange
Saturday, March 12, 2011 @ 12:35:23 AM
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MKII was the second snes game I ever bought. First being FFII of course. But since then I've found my interest in these fighters has waned to the point of feeling complete apathy towards any and all that come out these days. So... I'm-a gonna have to pass on the $150 joystick.

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Oxvial
Saturday, March 12, 2011 @ 1:12:18 AM

Also Madcatz sticks are good if you are going hardcore fighting gaming on them, they are extremely precise you need to spend time adjusting( weeks), of course in the end you become a lot better than the pad ;).

Just to throw 150 for nostalgic purposes isn't something I would recommend.





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Excelsior1
Saturday, March 12, 2011 @ 8:18:49 AM
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$150 is pretty outrageous for a joystick.

i downloaded the mk demo yesterday and thought it was ok. you can only advance 5 matches up the ladder fighting the same opponents everytime. i wish the online mode was accessible in the demo likei t was in the fight night demo.

speaking of nostalgia, it's kind of sad that midway went belly up.

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Oyashiro
Saturday, March 12, 2011 @ 8:50:28 AM
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How is the manufacturer of this stick? Its not Madcatz is it?

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Oxvial
Saturday, March 12, 2011 @ 9:13:32 AM

I thought it was, but it looks like I wasn't right.

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A2K78
Saturday, March 12, 2011 @ 11:42:32 PM
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"The stick itself has a tighter, springier feel compared to the looser action of ball-topped Japanese-style sticks that are widely available on the PS3. Joystick design preference can be a touchy topic with serious fighting fans: Some players will always prefer the raised buttons and looser feel of the Japanese-inspired fighting sticks, while others will appreciate the distinctive feel of this American-style stick. Like many things in life, it ultimately comes down to personal preference."

Its not a matter personal preference, but rather the fact that the lolli-pop sticks are much better if you want optimal feel. In fact it pretty muchy the Japanese style sticks have become the standard for cabinet these days.

Overall from what I can tell of this guy, he obviously don't know **** about arcade joystick.

"Also Madcatz sticks are good if you are going hardcore fighting gaming on them, they are extremely precise you need to spend time adjusting"

Madcatz sticks are good? The only people who say such a thing are those who don't know a thing about arcade cabs.

Anyhow I would take a hori pro-stick over Madcatz stick and you know why? hori stick are built to the JAMMA standard.

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Oxvial
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 7:42:20 PM

Hori are for jabronis.

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