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Mortal Kombat Gold

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Mortal Kombat Gold
Publisher: Midway
Developer:
System(s): Sega Dreamcast
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Dreamcast
US
$? T-9701N
Sega Dreamcast
UK
£39.99[2] T-9701D-50
Sega Dreamcast
FR
?F T-9701D-50
Sega Dreamcast
DE
DM ? T-9701D-50
Sega Dreamcast
ES
8.490[3]Ptas T-9701D-50
Sega Dreamcast
DE/FR/NL
? T-9701D-51
Sega Dreamcast
UK/ES/IT
39.99[2] ? T-9701D-61
Sega Dreamcast
AU
$94.95[4] ?
Sega Dreamcast
BR
R$R? 197186



Mortal Kombat Gold is a Sega Dreamcast exclusive update to Mortal Kombat 4, released in 1999. The game was a Dreamcast launch title in North America and Europe.

Gameplay

Gold is essentially the same as Mortal Kombat 4, but adds Kitana, Mileena, Cyrax, Kung Lao, Baraka and Sektor from previous Mortal Kombat games. It also includes three new stages: The Living Forest, The Church, and The Soul Chamber. It also has a new weapon select system.

The player gets a low and high punch, low and high kick, and a block and run button. New to the series is a sidestep move which can be used to avoid projectiles. Also new to the series is a bonebreaker move which can be used up close and is activated by pressing Low Kick. There are interactive objects in some stages such as throwing stones. Combinations of buttons can be used to perform special moves.

Each character is given a weapon which can be wielded with a button combination. If the weapon is dropped it can be used by the other player. By using more button combinations at the end of the round the player can use any of two finishing moves and in certain stages a stage fatality.

Characters

  • Baraka
  • Cyrax
  • Fujin
  • Goro
  • Jarek
  • Jax
  • Johnny Cage
  • Kai
  • Kitana
  • Kung Lao
  • Liu Kang
  • Meat
  • Mileena
  • Noob-Saibot
  • Quan-Chi
  • Rayden
  • Reiko
  • Reptile
  • Sektor
  • Scorpion
  • Shinnok
  • Sonya Blade
  • Sub-zero
  • Tanya

History

Release

The game was criticised upon release for its sub-par graphics. Rather than play to the Dreamcast's strengths, the game was said to look more like the Nintendo 64 port of Mortal Kombat 4.

Like several of Midway's Dreamcast games, the game was re-released with a "Hot! New!" label in North America, fixing many of the game's bugs (including VMU support, allowing the player to save). As well as the label the game can be identified with its red-tinted disc.

Belokk

Another character named Belokk was shown in early screenshots from Game Informer but was cut from the final game.[5] According to Ed Boon, Belokk was cut due to time constraints.[6]

Magazine articles

Main article: Mortal Kombat Gold/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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ODCM US 01.pdfODCM US 01.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Official Dreamcast Magazine (US) #1: "September 1999" (1999-08-24)
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ODCM US 02.pdfODCM US 02.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Official Dreamcast Magazine (US) #2: "November 1999" (1999-10-05)
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Hyper AU 075.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Hyper (AU) #75: "January 2000" (xxxx-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
40 №13, p101[7]
35 №94, p170
77 №3, p54/55[2]
75 №102, p100/101[8]
40 №1, p43[3]
Sega Dreamcast
53
Based on
5 reviews

Dreamcast, US
MKG DC US Box Back.jpgMKG DC US Box Front.jpg
Cover
MKG DC US Disc.jpg
Disc
MKGoldDCUSInlay.jpg
Inlay
MKG DC US Disc HotNew.jpg
"Hot! New!" Disc
Dreamcast, UK/ES/IT
MKG DC UK-ES-IT Box Back.jpgMKG DC EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
MKG DC EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Mortal Kombat Gold DC EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Dreamcast, DE/FR/NL
MKG DC DE-FR-NL Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngMKG DC EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
MKG DC EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Dreamcast, BR
Mkgold dc br backcover.jpgNospine-small.pngMkgold dc br frontcover.jpg
Cover
MKG DC US Disc.jpg
Disc

References

  1. Press release: 1999-09-02: Sega Dreamcast Launch Titles and Peripherals
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:DreamcastMagazine UK 03.pdf, page 54
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:ROD ES 01.pdf, page 43
  4. File:Hyper AU 074.pdf, page 62
  5. http://www.gamespot.com/news/2450709.html
  6. http://www.mortalkombatonline.com/content/kom/transcripts/EdBoon_08-25-1999.html
  7. File:Arcade UK 13.pdf, page 101
  8. File:PlayerOne FR 102.pdf, page 100


Mortal Kombat games for Sega systems
Mortal Kombat (1993) | Mortal Kombat II (1994) | Mortal Kombat 3 (1995) | Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (1996) | Mortal Kombat Trilogy (1997) | Mortal Kombat Gold (1999)
Mortal Kombat & Mortal Kombat II (unreleased)