Supreme Reveals Arcade 1-Up Mortal Kombat Cabinet

by in Fighting Game News | Aug, 18th 2020

Supreme, an American skateboarding and clothing brand that’s become famous for its hip-hop culture appeal, has announced quite the collaboration with Arcade 1-Up and Netherrealm to bring the Supreme x Mortal Kombat arcade cabinet.

The cab features Raiden fully decked out in the distinctive red box logo with “Supreme” in white Futura Heavy Oblique, largely based on Barbara Kruger’s propaganda art.

Typically, Supreme releases new products through their retail locations and their website on Thursday mornings in EU and America, and on Saturday mornings in Japan. This particular unit, though, was revealed from the new Supreme look book.

It’s widely expected to sell out quickly.

What’s Included With the Arcade 1-Up MK Cab?

Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat II, and Ultimate Mortal Kombat III will be included with the Arcade 1-Up cabinet. It features the traditional Mortal Kombat layout of having two punches, two kicks, and a block button in the center.

Most Arcade 1-Up releases include near to arcade-perfect ROMs, so any secrets and tips that you remember from your days of pumping quarters into any of these games should work. This is one of the first arcade rereleases of Ultimate MK3 since 1995, making it an instant want for most competitive MK players. Ultimate MK3 features many characters not in the original version of the game, including Classic Sub-Zero, Ermac, Mileena, Jade, Kitana, Reptile, and Scorpion.

The cabinet is also easily modifiable, meaning that you can switch out the buttons for Sanwa parts fairly easily. It does not, however, come with the riser, which is sold separately. Most players without the riser will have to sit down to play, rather than stand as is traditional.

Arcade 1-Up Has Had Emulation Issues

Arcade 1-Up has had emulation issues in the past, not to detract from the hype of this announcement. Famously, the Street Fighter II cabinet has had many issues. According to RetroRGB, the cab comes with a mono speaker, which is also missing the left sound channel on two of its three games. Capcom sent them stereo ROMs instead of a Mono ROM, which, combined with the unit’s poor testing, meant that some games have issues playing sounds.

The unit we have in our office confirms this fact as the cursor moving doesn’t make any noise on the Character Select Screen.

The ROMs also exhibited emulation artifacts such as horizontal shimmering effects and other randomness described in this video, including dead pixels and other issues as well.

The quality on Arcade 1-Up’s machines has gone up considerably since the release of Street Fighter II’s cabinet, so these issues could be addressed in the Supreme unit.


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