|Release:||April 12, 2007 - PlayStation 3 (US)
June 8, 2007 - PlayStation 3 (EU)
|Delisting (approx.):||July 1, 2010
(Available For: 3y 2m)
|Publisher:||Sony Online Entertainment|
|Available On:||Downloadable, Retail (See Below)|
In January of 2007 Midway Games and Sony Online Entertainment announced a collaboration to bring six downloadable Midway titles to the PlayStation 3. In the wake of Midway’s bankruptcy and closure in 2009 all six titles were delisted after their Xbox 360 counterparts. The games were put on sale one final time through the last week of June 2010 and were likely delisted shortly thereafter. The six games include:
- Championship Sprint
- Gauntlet II
- Mortal Kombat II
- Rampage World Tour
On February 17th, 2010 Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb announced on Twitter that nine Midway Games had been removed from Xbox Live “due to publisher evolving rights and permissions”. The nine games include:
- Cyberball 2072
- Robotron: 2084
- Root Beer Tapper
- Smash TV
- Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
These “evolving rights” related to Midway’s bankruptcy and financial woes as the company shut down operations through 2010. After filing for bankruptcy in February of 2009, Midway received a bid of more than $33 million from Warner Bros. for the majority of the company’s assets. With the sale completed by July 10th the remaining studios were either closed or sold off (namely to SouthPeak Games and to THQ who would themselves file for bankruptcy in 2012).
Warner Bros. Consolidation
While these original releases are currently delisted almost all of them are available in new digital bundles or on physical discs. Midway Arcade Origins contains 30 titles and was released to retail by Warner Bros. on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It is currently available to download on Xbox 360 as well.
Warner Bros. has also re-released Mortal Kombat II and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 in the Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Paperboy is available in the downloadable version of Midway Arcade Treasures Extended Play, published digitally in 2010 for the PlayStation Portable. This leaves only Rampage: World Tour that cannot currently be downloaded.
Before all of this Midway released dozens of arcade compilations on numerous platforms as far back as the Sega Genesis and Game Boy Color.
About the Game
“Get Over Here! Come re-live all the fatalities that made Mortal Kombat II® a beloved classic! Play as 1 of 12 characters as you venture through realms, such as The Dead Pool, Kombat Tomb or Kahn’s Lair. Battle all of your favorite villains such as Shao Kahn or Shang Tsung and unlock hidden characters including Noob Saibot. Decide your enemies’ fate with three different special endings and prepare to Finish Him! Download now!“
- Replay All Your Favorite Characters or Unlock Hidden Ones – Choose from 1 of 12 characters; freeze your enemies as Sub-Zero or possess Raiden’s God-like thunder powers! Use your Mortal Kombat knowledge and skills to unlock hidden opponents.
- Head-to-head Combat in 10 Unique Levels – Use an array of combos to crush your enemies before they crush you! Take the fight to one of 10 unique and different levels. Uppercut your enemies in The Dead Pool to a nice acid bath or knock your enemies into a pitfall in The Pit!
- Multiplayer Action – Play online against other players. Track your wins and see how you stack up against other players through dedicated leader boards.