UPDATE: The consensus is that this game is just using a timer board as found on some arcade equipment importation websites. It seems the most logical conclusion for now, Small Room Aries has added a detailed location test report with some better pictures. They can’t get into the internals of the machine to confirm that 100% but it would seem too good to be true.
This morning I caught an interesting piece of news through AM-Net where they state that “Mortal Kombat” is location testing at a location in Japan by the name of Game Ace. Then I was able to find this article with images confirming it. Here is one showing the arcade stick layout and another that shows “Credits 0 [0/1]” which is not a part of console titles. Another image at their site shows a screen where you can see
XboxPS3 buttons(a couple of readers pointed out button differences in Japan so I’ve corrected it) on the screen though so it’s hard to say at the moment if this is just some sort of hacked XboxPS3 version or something official that is being given a chance over there. Even if it is a hacked version running on a timer board, that would not add a coin counter to the game but I suppose an intrepid hacker could possibly manage such a thing in hacking the software. But on the official side, sites like AM-Net do not usually announce “location tests” of hacked bootlegs, only official titles. The next question would be who is doing this on an official basis if that is the case and would they consider testing the game out in the West if this test is successful? As far as anecdotal evidence goes, we ran an online poll about the idea back in March 2011 inquiring of you the readers if you would want the new Mortal Kombat to come to arcades. The response was yes by a large margin. I don’t think that the response would be any different today and would likely be stronger if a special arcade edition were released that had a new couple of characters or a level or two specific to the arcade version to help it stand out a little more. Also not to forget this homemade MK cabinet seen a little while back.
There is no picture of the cabinet yet but most likely it runs on one of those cookie cutter sitdown HD cabinets that are becoming more common in Japan. I have reached out to Nether Realm Studios to find out more but so far have not heard back from them. In case I find out any thing else I will certainly update this post.