It'll be a good day to die online this summer, when Warner Bros. delivers the Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection for Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and PC. It's a collection in the truest sense, too, bundling Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat 2 and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.
The best part? It's only $9.99.
No, wait, the bestest part? All three will feature online play and leaderboards.
Yes, that's a tear running down my face.
== TEASER == Granted, some of you may have already downloaded previous updates of some of these titles, as UMK3 once had a stand-alone downloadable version exclusively available on Xbox Live, and MK II was available on PSN. However, both those titles were removed from their respective stores when Warner Bros. purchased the rights to the Mortal Kombat brand from Midway, so if you know what's good for you, you'll just forget you ever bought either of those versions and smile and nod to this announcement as if it were the first time any of these games were made available via a digital distribution network. Otherwise, Warner Bros. will cut you. Deep.
In celebration of this new kollection of fighters, PDP has designed a special version of their Mortal Kombat Fight Stick with a new button layout keyed to the design of the old games. The stick will be sold exclusively through GameStop, and retail for $129.99. Those who pre-order the sticks will receive a download code for the game when it releases.
While Mortal Kombat was, for all intents and purposes, the first three MK games smooshed together into one awesomely revamped package--certainly a far better effort than Mortal Kombat Trilogy was--one cannot help but be super excited by the notion playing all three of these arcade klassics online for a fairly low price. What say you, MK fans? You looking forward to a constant state of confusion as you feebly try to recall what fatality goes with which version of Sub-Zero?
(Alex Navarro also contributed to this story, because Patrick totally ganked it out from under him like a dirty ganker of Mortal Kombat stories. That sonuva...)