Beta Version 1
The special "Road Tour" version of MK4
9 Playable Characters: Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Sonya, Liu Kang,
Shinnok, Fujin, Rayden, Noob Saibot, and Quan Chi
6 empty spaces in character select screen
Auto-Combo's are in the game. Usually some easy combinations like 4 High Punches.
Timer was stuck at "99" the entire match
No 1-player mode. 1-on-1 playing only
Noob Saibot, Shinnok, and Quan Chi didn't have any moves or weapons in this version
Sub-Zero's Ice Freeze and Clone effects not yet implemented
Many glitches in game play, sounds and graphics.
The game crashed or reset itself on average every 10 minutes
Moves are extremely glitchy in the corner
Beta Version 2
Kai and Reptile are now selectable.
"Hidden" and "Random" buttons on Select Screen now work
You can now fight against each other with the same character without the game locking
up, however the corner glitches and camera problems continue.
The Game Counter now works.
The "Wins" Counter still doesn't work, however there is a "Top 20 Wins List".
Sub-Zero's freeze and clone effects now work correctly
Kai's name isn't on his powerbar, and his name isn't announced
Shinnok and Fujin get new select screen pictures
Noob Saibot, Quan Chi, Reptile, and Shinnok still have no
moves or weapons.
Kai has one move where he stands on his hands
Still no 1-player mode (1-on-1 fighting only)
Beta Version 2.1
Small upgrade that simply fixed a few bugs in Beta Version
Beta Version 3
Tanya is now selectable
Shinnok's Impersonation moves added.
Shinnok get a bladed staff, Quan Chi gets a straight edged
sword, Tanya gets Sonya's spinning bladed wheel
Reptile and Noob Saibot still don't have any weapons
Quan Chi gets a new Green Skull move
1-Player mode now available
The "Choose Your Destiny" screen moves in full 3-D.
Reptile and Shinnok still don't have moves.
Tanya has one move, an air fireball.
Kai now has a leg spin along with the leg grab when he
gets into his handstand stance.
More bugs fixed
Select screen switched around. Kai and Reptile are on
top, and bottom row is moved around
Beta Version 4
Tanya gets her fireballs, Kai gets his fireballs,
Quan Chi gets new moves, Shinnok's Impersonations added
Reptile gets new moves Noob Saibot gets a teleport
and slam, and a few other new moves for various characters
"The Living Forest" and "The Prison" background stages added.
More bugs fixed, however the camera glitches and lockups
continue to be a problem
Noob Saibot gets a spiked club
Beta Version 5
Jarek replaces Noob Saibot on the Select Screen
Jarek has 2 moves, a Cannonball and a Telekinetic Slam
Lots of weapon changes. Kai and Reptile both have Shinnok's staff, Jerek
has Raydenís hammer and Sub-Zero no longer has his axe. Instead, he has
some type of sword.
No Boss, No Character Profiles, No Ending
Prison Stage Fatality added
Introduction Storyline with Raiden added, without speech
First OFFICIAL Release of MK4
Raiden's introductory speech added
Only 2 Fatalities in this Version: Sub-Zero's Spine Rip and Shinnok's Leg Rip,
where he first must impersonate Sub-Zero, then do the same movement as
Sub-Zero's Spine Rip. This may have been an error on the part of the Design Team
Prison Stage Fatality movements for most characters added
Camera lock-ups and glitches continue to be a problem
1st Beta Test of the Official Release, Version 2.0
Tested in Chicago only.
The 3 Question Marks in the middle of the screen are now
taken by Johnny Cage, Jax, and Noob Saibot
Interactive Background feature added: Scattered rocks in Goro's Lair and Decapitated
Heads in the furnace stages that the players can pick up and throw at each other
3-D Sidestep added, which gives the player the ability to "sidestep" projectiles by
Computer AI increased
Sub-Zero has a "Freeze Wand" for a weapon, with which he can freeze you.
If your opponent picks
it up, he can freeze you back
"Danger" added (when you only have a sliver of life left)
Character Introduction Biographies added, however still no endings
Shinnok is at the top of every tower, which denotes him as the final boss
VS. Screen Added, Complete with VS. Screen Codes
Characters can now throw and drop their weapons
Sub-Zero's Spine Rip from Version 1.0 doesn't seem to work in this version.
2nd Beta Test of the Official Release, Version 2.0
Tested in Chicago only
"Reiko" takes the place of Noob Saibot on the select screen.
Endings have been added for everyone but Reiko
Raiden now has electricity flowing effects around him
It happens more often than it did in MK1
Sub-Zero's Spine Rip has been enabled again
A red stripe has been added to his face, which denotes that he's the Sub-Zero
Sub-Zero can no longer freeze you with his freeze wand after a breaker move.
Scorpion has his "Fire Breath" move, where he takes off his mask and breathes
a stream of fire straight out
Tanya has a boomerang for a weapon
Jax and Johnny Cage both have fireballs now
Jax has his Quad-Throw added
Shinnok has a Reiko Impersonation
Jarek has a new fireball, different from his previous one
A lot of things added to the Attract Mode, like an ad for MK
Mythologies and a "Powered By: Zeus" ad.
The game uses a new font for everything but the power bars, just like it was i
The MAXIMUM DAMAGE system added, which prevents you from doing any combo over 40%
The computer draws, uses, throws, and picks up weapons quite effectively now.
Alternate Color/Clothing system added, where you can do a certain button
combination to change the color scheme of your character. Instead of the
characters being direct palette (color) swaps as it was in MK3/UMK3, the
characters now have small differences in their clothing. For example, Sub-Zero
can either have his mask on or off; Liu Kang can either have his shirt on or off, ect.
Second OFFICIAL release of MK4
Reiko's Ending Finished
Many more Fatalities Added
Basically the same as Version 1.72 Just a few bug fixes
here and there
Exactly the same as Version 2.0
The only thing fixed was a nasty CPU bug which was making the computer extremely easy to beat
and even allowing someone to control the computer with the second controller. This was
causing arcades to lose revenue, because the game was so easy that you could beat it within
minutes to see the endings, then never play it again.
A 2nd Fatality for every character
Stage Fatality added to Goro's Lair where you uppercut them into spikes. Requires a different
movement than the Prison Stage Fatality
Spiked balls added to the floors of the Purple Stage for throwing
Most bugs have been fixed, however camera flaws still exist, especially in the Purple Stage
More Kombat Kodes added
New weapon for Johnny Cage
Fatality "Demo" added at the beginning of the game. It shows fatalities being performed, and just
before any killing is done, it fades to black and the "Fatality" sign appears.
More breakers have been added and switched around
There was a glitch in Version 2.92 (A beta of Version 3.0) where if you choose the 2-on-2 Kombat
then each player chose either Sub-Zero or Scorpion as 1 of their 2 characters, when the match
began, one of each player's characters would be a bloody corpse! The skeletons would fight
each other. Remark "Meat Lives" made on Ed Boon's MK4 Page