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Video Game Ad of the Day: Mortal Kombat 4

Mortal Kombat 4 Teaser
This ad is a simple teaser for the home versions of Mortal Kombat 4, perhaps the most maligned entry in the series. Eurocom did a pretty admirable job bringing the game to the PSX and N64, but they weren’t working with the best of material to begin with.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: NARC

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NARC is one of Midway’s more controversial arcade hits, and, as you’d expect, a cut down version made its way home on the NES courtesy of Rare and Acclaim. The NES version had just about all references to drugs removed by virtue of Nintendo of America’s heavy handed censorship.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Rampage

Rampage
Rampage is one of Midway’s best arcade games from the late 1980s. Its popularity resulted in it being a hot license when it came to producing home versions, which is why it’s on every console and computer format of the era. This particular ad is for the Atari 7800 version, which is not very good.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

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Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 was one of the last big releases for the 16-bit consoles for Acclaim, who by that point was shifting resources onto the Saturn and PSX. The game is kind of impressive, given what the developers were working with – weak systems and limited cartridge space, but it is quite compromised when compared to the full arcade experience. Sheeva was the only character lost, but the number of stages was severely limited.

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New footage of the never released Primal Rage II


New footage has been released for the cancelled Atari Games (aka Midway) fighting game Primal Rage II. The video comes from a former Atari engineer who still had a working board and hard drive for the game in storage. The game’s hard drive has been backed up, and the engineer has elaborated that the board is essentially a modified PlayStation, which could lead to the game being emulated some time in the future.

Primal Rage II features human fighters rather than the dinosaurs and primates of the original. There’s a plot driven reason for this, in that a being named Necrosian imprisoned the gods in a state of suspended animation. In order to fight back, the gods gave themselves human forms. Apparently the humans would eventually be able to change into their dinosaur/primate form. The story for the game was eventually released in a novel entitled Primal Rage: The Avatars. Action figures for some of the Primal Rage II characters even made it to market.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3


Nothing says Christmas like a bit of ultra violence. Enjoy the day!

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Mortal Kombat 3


Mortal Kombat 3 came out on just about every major platform, including the PC, the version which this ad is pitching. The PC port was actually a remarkably high quality port. The first release was DOS based and was quite possibly the most faithful port of the game. The later Windows based release was based on the PlayStation version, which isn’t quite as good.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Total Carnage


Total Carnage is a spirtual successor to Smash TV, but ditches the game show motif for more of a parody of the Iraq war, complete with a comical interpretation of a Middle Eastern dictator (General Akhboob). Unlike Smash TV, Total Carnage bombed in the arcade, and thus was not widely ported. This ad is for the SNES version, but you can also find it on the Amiga, PC, Amiga CD32 and Jaguar, along with an emulated version in the more widely distributed Midway Arcade Treasures 2 for the PS2, Xbox and GameCube.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Mortal Kombat Gold


Mortal Kombat Gold is an upgraded port of Mortal Kombat 4 which launched alongside the Dreamcast in North America and PAL territories. The game brings back several popular MK characters that were missing from the vanilla release of 4 such as Baraka, Kitana, Cyrax and Kung Lao. However, the game was well and truly overlooked upon release due to the stellar debut of Soul Calibur on the same day.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Wayne Gretzky’s 3D Hockey ’98

Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey 98
Wayne Gretzky’s 3D Hockey ’98 is an update of the popular Midway-developed hockey game, but unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to add a lot to the formula.