Manufacturer:  Midway

Released:  1993

World Record:

    Mortal Kombat II - 282,000

    Mortal Kombat 3 - 175

Purchased:  August, 2001

Condition:  Working 100% - 8 of 10


My Multi-JAMMA Mortal Kombat


PCB ROM  Revisions


Mortal Kombat JAMMA Plus Button Map



        The Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) was created at the end of 1993 as a result of Mortal Kombat hitting the home consoles.  This was to keep congress from regulating the video game industry and why we have ratings on every game today.






This was my 1st arcade game I ever purchased.  It was a dedicated Mortal Kombat 2 cabinet made by Midway.  This cabinet was running every Mortal Kombat 1 through 4 with the highest ROM revision that was produced for the arcades.  Wrestlemania and Super High Impact PCB game boards were also inside tied together with Clays Mult-Jamma kit.  There is probably enough space to squeeze 3 more PCBís inside if I wanted to. It was sort of having a mini arcade collection.   For more info and pictures, check out my Multi-Jamma page.

Why use a Mortal Kombat II cabinet?  Well there are a couple of reasons besides liking the franchise.  If you didnít already know, Mortal Kombat is a JAMMA + game with 2 joysticks and 12 buttons therefore making it a good candidate to play a lot of other games.  JAMMA + is nothing more than a standard JAMMA game with additional headers/connectors for other controls.   The display is a standard resolution monitor that is horizontally oriented. 

I purchased the Mortal Kombat II from eBay after browsing for one for about six months.  It was being auctioned as a  Mortal Kombat combo 2 and 3.  The combo idea intrigued me and later gave me the idea to put all of them in one cabinet.  It was in decent shape being advertised as an 8 or 9 out of 10.  It took a while to have it shipped but it was worth the wait.  At the time, I didnít know about checking if a collector or dealer had one in the Google Video Game Marketplace or Video Game Collecting newsgroups or Killer List of Video Games (KLOV) back then.  I probably could have saved a little by finding a local game but I was still happy with the purchase.  I recommend doing some  research for prices and technical issues on a game prior to purchasing. 

I caught onto the MK craze after seeing the 1st one at Springfield Mall in Virginia one Saturday.  There was a crowd of people buzzing about how great the digitized graphics were at that time.  It reminded me of the movie ďBig Trouble in Little ChinaĒ which I loved as a kid. 

You canít beat fast martial arts, colorful characters and the supernatural.  After I saw some of the special moves and fatalities, I later became a fanatical player.