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Mortal Kombat X Announced, Platform Details Sketchy

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Update - we're no longer optimists


After looking around for platform details that were not there prior to publication, we now have a press release confirming that optimism is, indeed, a fool's state of mind. A press release from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios has confirmed PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC as platforms for Mortal Kombat X, which is due in 2015.

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After plenty of teases and a hastily deleted Amazon listing, NetherRealm Studios has now confirmed Mortal Kombat X, the latest entry in the uber-violent fighting series. It's being suitably sketchy on platforms, however, so let's tentatively hope that it'll come to Wii U.

There is precedent, as the Wii U received an admittedly under-featured port of Injustice: Gods Among Us, though the Kombat series has skipped Nintendo hardware since Mortal Kombat: Armageddon on Wii, a title also on the previous-gen PS2. Quite where the Wii U stands with the developer on this project is unknown, then, and the only notable description to date is on the teaser trailer:

Fueled by next-gen technology, Mortal Kombat X combines unparalleled, cinematic presentation with dynamic gameplay to create an unprecedented Kombat experience.

Reference to 'next-gen technology' is silly as all systems are now current gen, but that aside this suggests PS4, Xbox One and PC. Whether a potentially growing Wii U userbase and studio familiarity with the Nintendo hardware will help its cause is unclear — the quickly-removed Amazon listing did also include Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, but no Wii U.

We'll remain optimistic until our hopes are crushed. You can check out the trailer below.

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User Comments (106)



Kaze_Memaryu said:

I don't think this'll make it to WiiU, and considering how terrible NetherRealm is at balancing (with both Mortal Kombat and Injustice), it's no big miss anyway.



MadAdam81 said:

I loved Deadly Alliance and Deception from PS2, I hope they can make the New one fun like those and bring it to the Wii U.



Shiryu said:

Since the original never made it to Wii U, I have my doubts this one will either. A real shame because I would pick it up in a heartbeat. The Wii U needs more fighting games.



SpookyMeths said:

I remember the early 90s when Mortal Kombat was still relevant. I hope a real fighting franchise comes to Wii U some day though.



Yosher said:

Mmmmyeah don't count on it. (Personally don't really care about this series anyway.)



ikki5 said:

I thought Mortal Kombat had their lat games on the SNES... lol



AlexOlney said:

Mortal Kombat is one of those titles that is riding on its history rather than giving us anything new.



Tops said:

Well I'm not into crazy-violent fighters so not too bothered either way. P.S. What other games "might come to Wii U" without any indication suggesting it will? This really isn't news, it's wild speculation



Karakato said:

Love the designs of the two ninjas, hope the rest of the roster get a major overhaul since MK9 (though still good) had a semi lackluster character art. If this stays PS4/XBone exclusive, I'll definitely consider upgrading my gaming setup. Maybe. Anyway, can't wait for E3 to see the real game engine.

Also, the trailer music has to be one of the most poorly chosen tracks to go with the video. Blergh



Emblem said:

MK9 was the best since MK3 so I have high hopes for this game dispute injustice being average outside of the awesome story mode.

I think I'll get this for PS4 if a Wii U version isn't on the books.



XCWarrior said:

Next gen game? Wow I can't believe devs are already making games for the PS5, Uber Wii and the Xbox Three Sixty!



marko said:

I am really curious to see how many wii u owners are ps4 owners as well or plan to be ps4 owners. From a developers point of view probably not worth it to develop for wii u since many wii u owners will opt for the ps4 version.



MeddlingIdiot said:

I'd love for this to come to Wii U as the last entry was a solid title, but to be honest I can't really see it happening.



ICHIkatakuri said:

Used to like mortal kombat when I was a kid and didn't care about things like hit markers and fighting mechanics, suppose it might be alright but I would rather have a street fighter or blaz blue over this



rjejr said:

I think it's going to be a very long 10 days until E3 w/ all the games that will be "leaking" which we will be left wondering if they will be on Wii U or not. At least when E3 is over we should have some facts.

AC: Comet

Not complaining about the lack of games - Wii U has Sonic Boom, Bayonetta 2, maybe X, SSB, Hyrule Warriors, probably some NFC game, Sports Club baseball, Skylanders - just the constant speculation which only tends to lead to disappointment.



Morph said:

Not a hope in hell this is coming to wii u, as much as i'd like it to



Mega719 said:

Wii U is more than capable of handling this if you put the effort which 3rd parties don't do. The Digital Event would tell us if it's coming along with COD Advanced Warfare



T7L3RB said:

@marko I own both but I'm holding out for the Wii U version of Watch Dogs. I'll buy it for Wii U but if it turns out to be a buggy port that doesn't use the gamepad in some unique way I'll buy the PS4 version used.



bezerker99 said:

Apparently, it's listed for PS3 as well so, if it still looks half descent on that, I can continue to put off buying a PS4.



BigH88 said:

Yea... no this is in no way, shape, or form is coming to the Wii U. Anybody hoping should stop.



TruenoGT said:

The only way it's coming is if Nintendo really shakes trees at the publisher (i.e. lots of dev support and/or $$$), but I'd be very surprised if they tried. I enjoyed MK9 on PS3 quite a bit, but I'm kind of burnt out on it for now, so I don't think I'd bite either way.



MoonKnight7 said:

If Mario Kart and Smash Bros can lift sales substantially enough, then maybe, MAYBE, we'll see announcements to games like this next year. As for this one however, I'm doubtful, very doubtful indeed.



Karakato said:

Don't fully bet on this being cross-gen. Based on the YT description, it makes it seem so. Kinda bumming though, but the next gen systems do need their system sellers.



Nik-Davies said:

I'm personally not interested so I don't really care if it comes to Wii U or not, but another game is another game, so it would rather it come than didn't.



KJ85 said:

Just received the press release, and it's only listed for PS3/PS4, Xbox One/360 and PC.



JosieC84 said:

Been off steroid fighting games since Tekken 6 so I'm not annoyed if it doesn't come on Wii U. Give me Super Smash Bros anytime!



johndevine said:

@KJ85 shouldn't matter to Wii U owners who like good games.

It will be popular. It will still be over rated. Like Nintendo Life did with Injustice review.



Gamer83 said:

Unless MS has offered up a whole crapton of cash to get this exclusive to the Xbox brand I really see no reason in keeping the platforms secret at this point. The cat is out of the bag, we know the game is on the way and we have a tentative time frame. Let us know what systems so we can pre-order. I've got some ready for the PS4 version.



Sir_JBizzle said:

sigh no Wii U version... Can't say I'm shocked though. I'm guessing Injustice didn't sell too well. Looks like the only MK I'm booting on my Wii U is Mario Kart...



ACK said:

Not sure I'm overly bothered, as I felt screwed over by Injustice. The gameplay and balance were barely up to snuff, but thesingleplayer and DLC situation was embarrassingly awful. No unlockable charaters and possibly the worst singleplayer I've played in a fighting game. The lack of (expensive) DLC characters was bothersome since there was no one else to unlock, but about 6 months after release they announce the GOY (*smirk) edition with all the DLC and a budget price... Effectively screwing over anyone who bought the game day one and/or dropped $5 per character on the DLC.

Bad precedent. And one I will not forget with future NetherRealm releases.



mostro328 said:

Of they can release on ps360 they can definitely do wiiu i understand the low install base but damn this is one if the reasons why



JJtheTexan said:

There's no longer any point in speculating any third-party games will come to Wii U. If a game is announced, assume it will be for "everything else" unless otherwise noted.



SphericalCrusher said:

A definite buy for me. Although I'd love to see it come to WiiU, I'll have to get it somewhere else. Been a fan since the original.




MK-X on Wii U, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

No but seriously, it is a shame because these are the kind of games the Wii U will miss out on and people will brush it off as a console that has no games. Well I did my part, I went out and bought injustice day one for my Wii U and still enjoy it to this day.

If you don't like these kind of mature titles, then that's fine, but to those of you wishing for these kind of games and won't put your money where your mouth is well this is what happens.

And don't play the old "gimped port" card, because there have been lots of superior ports of games on the Wii U and they still didn't sell.



MoonKnight7 said:


I think the Wii U version of Arkham City was the best version, as I really enjoyed how they used the gamepad. Just my opinion though.



antipop621 said:

Trailer was nuts. Been looking forward to it all weekend. Unfortunately, this means I must buy a next-gen console.



marck13 said:

No, intelligent comment from my side, only a big fat "BUUUUH!" for all the none-Wii U developers that don't want my money.



Hy8ogen said:

Mortal Combat was **** after the first one anyway. Not a miss for Wii U owners. It would be awesome if we get to see Tekken, SF and King of Fighters on the Wii U....It's not illegal to dream is it?



Hy8ogen said:

Mortal Combat was **** after the first one anyway. Not a miss for Wii U owners. It would be awesome if we get to see Tekken, SF and King of Fighters on the Wii U....It's not illegal to dream is it?



Darknyht said:

How is this really that shocking? This is the series where it's creator, Ed Boon, stated on his twitter account that there was "0.0%" chance of Mortal Kombat 1-3 being released on the virtual console. Unless there are licensing issues (which I don't think there are) that would be easy money for little effort.

Given that he is currently the creative director of NetherRealm Studios, I am not really shocked to see Wii U ignored.



WebHead said:

Not surprised to hear its not coming to Wii U. Darn shame though. Well at least we are getting Smash Bros.



dumedum said:

Not sure how this is different than my copy of injustice. It even has scorpion so it seems like basically the same game which means more waste of money. I guess injustice didn't sell enough on Wii u. Dunno. If I buy another console I'll probably do the stupid thing and buy it but its a shame because I want to play with my tvc fight stick



onery said:

Not surprised... sigh No words...

Oh well, PC it is then. Of course, I'll wait for the "Complete Edition" or "Game of the Year" edition or whatever it's called nowadays. Stuff like L.A.Noire and Skyrim (add Watch Dogs to that I suppose, dunno about the WiiU version i.e. not sure if they'll put out DLC support for the system) just makes me wanna wait for a complete package.



Nik-Davies said:

I must say, I AM somewhat surprised. W.B games have done pretty well to support Wii U. Arkham City/Origins and Injustice, Scribblenauts, LEGO have all made it to the console.



User1988 said:

Meh. Smash will be better anyway. They just don't want to try to compete with it

And after watching the video... The music isn't bad, but doesn't match Mortal Combat AT ALL. A Metallica song would have been better...



Obito_Sigma said:

[sarcasm] Can't forget PS3 and XB360. If anyone's a fan of the intense MK games, then they must not be planning on buying a XBOne or PS4 yet, so we need all of those! By the way, forget about Wii U, because I heard a rumor from EA Games and Ubisoft that only little babbies play with Nintendo. Fourth generation of gaming, for the win! [/sarcasm]



Alucard83 said:

The new Mortal Kombat games just doesn't give me the old school Mortal Kombat feeling. They will flatline with this part as well. Midway has to realise they can better release an other 2D version of Mortal Kombat! Not every games has to be 3D! Nuff said



MadJay1664 said:

Armageddon was bloody wicked loved every minute used to battle it out with my mates all the time!!



TwilightV said:

Wow. I didn't think it was possible, but they've actually succeded in making this look worse than the last installment.



Rafie said:

To those saying that MK was "crap" after the first one is truly misguided. Just because it's not your cup of tea, or isn't coming to your console of choice doesn't make the franchise a bad one. Sad to see it's not coming to Wii U, then again...I'm not surprised. This game would have been the most highly rated in terms of maturity. Blood, sexual themes, language, etc would have been something Nintendo would think about for their brand. Injustice isn't half as violent as MK is.

I'll have this on the PS4. I hope Nintendo can achieve another fighting game gem like Killer Instinct and KEEP IT!!



GeminiSaint said:

I like how all those broken bones don't faze them in the slightest, and they can still move as nimbly as if nothing happened at all.



sdcazares1980 said:

Let's face it: the Wii U just won't cut it this generation. Even if Mortal Kombat X were to be released for it, it would've been a gimped, half-hearted, token game like Injustice, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Mass Effect 3. Nintendo is not the money-maker it once was.



unrandomsam said:

I am not interested in fighting games that haven't been tested in a Japanese Arcade and balanced first. (Just one where the Arcade Board is basically a Wii U would be fine.)



luke88 said:

I'd like sequels to, or even remakes of, Mace the Dark Age and Fighters Destiny.



unrandomsam said:

(Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars was enough. Arcade system was : Proprietary Wii-based arcade board). As long as there is one when the same thing happens for the Wii U it will be fine by me.



meatbinbanquet said:

I bought and still enjoy Injustice, but the support for the game with regards to DLC was absolutely shocking. This news does not surprise me whatsoever



Gamer83 said:


Honestly if somebody wants third party games going forward, I'd say just get a PS4 or Xbox One. In most cases the game will have more effort put into it on those consoles and in some cases, a game will just skip Wii U entirely. It's unfortunate for those who want to only stick to one console but there's only two options these days. Either stick with Nintendo knowing all you'll get are Nintendo games and the odd third party release or get one of the other consoles to sit next to the Wii U.



Aerona said:

It's silly to be optimistic about a third party title coming to Wii U at this point.



Dpishere said:

Not surprised considering it almost certainly wouldn't sell due to the fanbase of the Wii U.



YT-SutibunDatsW said:

sorry but...stop being optimists. its more of damage control. this and 90% of other multiplats arent coming to Wii U, which is why i have a pc as well



IceClimbers said:

Come on now, I think it's pretty obvious the Wii U won't be getting very many multiplats outside of Skylanders and maybe Call of Duty. Only 3rd party games we'll see are exclusives (Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, Sonic Lost World, etc).



retro_player_22 said:

Meh news, I had gave up on the series since Deception, MK9 didn't win me back. The addition of super moves makes the series felt too much like Street Fighter and the story was quite boring plus they change the characters way too much for me to care, Sub-Zero is basically not a masked ninja anymore, Liu Kang got turn into a villain, and Raiden became an emo Zordon instead of the badass thunder god he was in the old games. Also the fact that Sindel could killed 90% of the guys in the roster with ease in Story mode disappoint me and this is coming from a dedicated MK fans. The only thing the series is known for now is the fatalities and the graphics, other than those the series had been recycling the same idea it has since the first three MK games and that to me is not a good thing.



mamp said:

Will Sub-Zero ever win? Anyways IDK I can't say I care for the MK series but it's not like I blame them for skipping out on the Wii U. At least they tried with Injustice (which nowadays developers don't even bother to try with the Wii U) and they failed, so I can't blame them.



TwilightAngel said:

So let me guess this straight a game that is coming to other systems and will never coming to the wiiu is nintendo news? This game is not coming to the wiiu come on and even if it did wiiu owners like myself aren't going to buy it.Its going to be pathetic not even finished port for the wiiu.Look what happen to injustice gods among us we didit even get the ultimate edition that came to every other system except ours.



Henmii said:

Why show a game on this site when you immediately know it won't come to Nintendo consoles? That's one way to fill a site, I guess!



FilmerNgameR said:

I just don't get why they still make PS3 and 360 versions if the Wii U is more powerful than both systems. It's just stupid!



Mega719 said:

Dang it WB you were my favorite 3rd party until this stop not releasing games on Wii U just because it isn't a big seller yet



kyuubikid213 said:

Another game that proves you don't need to buy a PS4 or One.

C'mon, guys. If you're going to skip the Wii U and "power your game with next gen", the 360 and PS3 versions need to be nonexistent, too.



SavoirFaire said:

Considering they didn't completely support the DLC for Injustice (never released all characters the other consoles had), I'd pass on this even if it did come to Wii U.



hYdeks said:

I find it funny Nintendo people actually thought they might get this lol You want grown up games, join the grown up consoles (Xbox, PlayStation, PC)




That's the bit that gets me angry

PS3 and 360 versions are on the way.

The Wii U will continue that trend of nintendo consoles not being taken seriously. But to be fair, I think a lot of people have blood on their hands and it's not just 3rd parties, nintendo should have done more to reach out for support for their console, a console only receiving 10% of games that are available on other systems is just not fair to the people that bought it, and it is part of nintendo's job to keep their customers at least half content, but as always old man ninty is asleep on the job.

If average joe only want's one console, it's gonna take A LOT more than mario kart and donkey kong to draw his attention, and unless you plan on owning two consoles or are only into nintendo games, who gonna want a Wii U.

And then you have those Wii U owners that moan about 3rd party support but will go and buy the PS3 version (despite it looking awful) of whatever game because they are scared what their friends will think if they get the wii u version of said game.

I still say that the main culprit is nintendo, WAKE THE HELL UP ! and get your cool back.



GiSWiG said:

Wii U is really starting to suck. Everyone else gets the good stuff. I love Link and Samus and Mario Kart 8 + Pikman 3 freebie was great and SSB will be awesome, but after the first few months of getting Assasins Creed, Batman, CoD, etc. Wii U is not getting much. Look at the upcoming list. The only third party game I see is Xenoblade X.

Nintendo, your next console better crush Sony or Microsoft. If not, then I'll just wait a few years after that and get your next console cheap and any games I wanted from ebay.



Ultra128 said:

Xenoblade X? Are you referring to the game by Monolith Soft, the first-party company?

Anyway, this looks like one of those games which are so "next-gen," it's coming to 360 and PS3, but not Wii U. Simply genius.



FilmerNgameR said:

@Gamer83 Wow that was fast. lol Yeah I agree with you of course its the user base because the majority of that user base is nothing but dude bro gamers and 12 year olds who play nothing but COD everyday.



Gamer83 said:


I think that's a bit of an unfair generalization but regardless, that 160 mil userbase is obviously too big for WB to ignore. At least in regards to a 2D fighter. I still think this game would've come to Wii U also, had Injustice done better on the console, but that was partly NetherRealm's own doing. The Wii U version didn't get near the support of the others.



FilmerNgameR said:

@Gamer83 Well I did say the majority of the user base not all of them maybe less than that, but yeah you're right that user base number is too big to ignore compared to Wii U.

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