Multi Mortal Kombat Arcade – All Five MK Games in One
Thanks to a never-ending supply of online resources and my obsession with Mortal Kombat II and pretty much all MK games after that, I have acquired quite a bit of information needed to complete this project. So without further ado, let’s dive into how I plan to put all five Mortal Kombat arcade games into one arcade cabinet.
Part 1: Parts List — This is the complete list of parts for everything needed, right down to the cabinet itself. I’ll attempt to list prices here as well, but as we all know, those can fluctuate based on when and where you acquire your items.
Part 2: Cabinet and Control Panel — Choosing the right cabinet was a no-brainer. It had to be an original Mortal Kombat II cabinet since this is my favorite of the entire arcade series. Of course your mileage may vary depending on what you prefer and what kind of space you’re working with.
Part 3: Wiring — This has morphed into quite a little project unto itself. Getting five Jamma+ PCB games to work in one cabinet requires a few specialty items in order for everything to play well together.
Part 4: Mounting the Game Boards — Because the MK series has a few different types of boards, it’s not as easy as it sounds. The limited space inside the cabinet also contributed to the mess, but it had to be done.
Each section above will be linked to the corresponding article when each it is completed. When this project is finalized, these will be the features put in place:
- All 5 Mortal Kombat arcade games (non-MAME) playable in one machine
- A compatible control panel that supports the Run button for MK3, UMK3 and MK4
- Each game will be selectable via a wireless control unit attached to the side of the cabinet
- Each game will be placed on a coin system set to accept game tokens for maximum authenticity
- NO permanent modifications will be made to my original MKII cabinet
What started all this?
You might be wondering why I would go through all this expense and trouble when I can simply just throw a cheap computer in the cabinet and enjoy a MAME setup with not only my favorite MK games, but thousands of others as well.
There are two main reasons I decided to go the authentic route. One, MK4 cannot be properly emulated at this time. Even if you have a sick computer that can play the game at full speed, the graphics and sounds are not perfect. And two, emulation itself suffers from subtle nuances that can be detected by a keen eye. Things such as missing graphics or sprites, incorrect sounds, screen tearing, slowdowns, etc. are all side effects of some emulated games.
So basically, my goal was to get arcade perfect gameplay from real arcade PCB game boards in a real arcade cabinet. Besides, I have another cabinet I’m using for MAME, so I’m not missing out on anything!
Damien Hardy October 5, 2016
You sir, are a GOD! I currently have a MK2, and I’m in the process of building a MK 9 themed MAME, but for all the reasons you mentioned, this is a dream work. I’m very challenged in this area. Any chance you’d make the artwork plans for your MK 9 machine available? I just ordered Tankstick overlay through Recroom Masters, but the rest still needs to be worked out.
Once again, you have created a thing of pure joy and beauty. Granted, my wife doesn’t agree with me on this, and I can’t use my Jedi powers on her, yet…
Brandon Hann October 5, 2016
If you’re referring to the photo on this page, I have to tell you, sadly, those aren’t my machines! These are located in an arcade…the name of which escapes me at the moment. I used the photo because it best represents my intentions for this project which is to convert one of my MK II cabinets into a multi-Kombat machine. Unfortunately, given my current living situation, I do not have the require space for this project to begin. It’s basically a placeholder for when I can start working on it.
However, to answer your question about the MK9 artwork…the only project I saw on this a couple years ago was done by a real MK god, YourMKArcadeSource. He can be found on YouTube and various message boards with that user name. In fact, here’s a link to the project I remember him doing. You may want to reach out to him and see if he provides high quality scans for available printing.
Thomas January 19, 2021
Hi Brandon, did you ever finish this project? I would like to do a similar all-in-one cabinet. I currently have MK3 and 4 that I’d like to put a cabinet for starters.
Brandon March 4, 2021
I did not because my plans kept changing. I had some other projects that I wanted to finish first and in regards to the multi MK, I keep flipping back and forth between wanting to put all the games in one cabinet or break them out over 2 cabinets.