Monday, November 1, 2021

Ports of Entry: Midway

Unknown lead platforms:

 

Mortal Kombat Trilogy

First released for PS1 on 10/10/1996, developed by Avalanche Software.

Released for N64 on 11/14/1996, developed by Midway Games.

Released for PC in 1997 by Midway Games, and Saturn by Point of View.


The PC and Saturn versions can probably be eliminated as possibilities, as they came a year late and Wikipedia states they are both based on the Playstation version.

The PS1 version did come out first, and a quote from Ed Boon on Wikipedia suggests that the PS1 port of UMK3 was the impetus to create MK Trilogy. Wikipedia describes the N64 version as a "port." The PS1 version generally looks and sounds better, and forms the basis of all subsequent versions. These facts suggest PS1 as a lead platform.

However, the N64 version was developed in-house, and plays at a speed more accurate to UMK3 in arcades. Leaked beta code for N64 also predates corresponding PS1 code by several months.

It may also be that both versions were developed independently, informed by existing code and assets for MK3 and UMK3, but not by each other in either direction.


Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero

First released for PS1 on 10/01/1997, developed in-house.

Released for N64 on 12/08/1997, developed by Avalanche Software.

 

Most signs weakly point to PS1 being the lead platform, but not conclusively. PS1 version came first, was developed in-house, and has higher quality music and FMVs.


Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance

Released for Gamecube and PS2 on 11/18/2002.

Released for Xbox on 11/19/2002.


An IGN comparison says that the Xbox version is the most complete version in terms of visuals and sounds. This could indicate Xbox as the lead platform with sacrifices made on PS2 and Gamecube to optimize performance. But it's also possible that PS2 (or less likely Gamecube) was the lead platform and Midway simply enhanced the Xbox port appropriately. In fact, according to their comparisons of Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy and Mortal Kombat: Deception, such was the case for those games, with the PS2 being the lead platform even though the Xbox ports had been improved in every way.


The Suffering

First released for PS2 and Xbox on 3/9/2004. Developed by Surreal Software.

Released for PC on 6/10/2004.

 

Area-51

First released for PS2 and Xbox on 4/25/2005. Developed by Austin studio, formerly Inevitable Entertainment.

Released for PC on 6/06/2005.


As with other sixth generation Midway games, IGN says the Xbox version appears to be the most complete, but this does not always mean that it was the lead platform.

 

Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks

First released for PS2 and Xbox on 9/19/2005. Developed by LA studio, formerly Paradox Development.

 

IGN does not indicate much advantage to the Xbox version this time, nor does it state a lead platform.

 

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

First released for PS2 on 10/11/2006.

Released for Xbox on 10/18/2006.


Stranglehold

First released for Xbox 360 on 9/5/2007.

Released for PC on 9/18/2007.

Released for PS3 on 10/29/2007.


Blacksite: Area 51

First released for PC and Xbox 360 on 11/12/2007. Developed by Austin studio, formerly Inevitable Entertainment.

Released for PS3 on 12/10/2007.

 

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe

Released for PS3 & Xbox 360 on 11/16/2008.

 

Select chronology: 

 

Midway Mfg. Co.:

All games listed were designed for arcade machines.


Title Date Contemporary ports
Leader/Playtime/Winner 1973
Gun Fight 1975-11
Sea Wolf 1976
Wizard of Wor 1980
Omega Race 1981 1982 ports to VIC-20 and C64
Solar Fox 1981
Gorf 1981 1982 ports to Atari 2600, Atari 8-bit, and VIC-20
 

Bally Midway:

All games listed were designed for arcade machines.

 
Title Date Contemporary ports
TRON 1982
Tapper 1983 1984 ports to various computers & consoles
Spy Hunter 1983 1984 ports to various computers & consoles
Rampage 1986 1987 ports to various computers
Xenophobe 1987 1988 port to NES by Sun
Arch Rivals 1989-5 1990 port to NES by Rare
Trog 1990 1990 ports to NES and PC
Pigskin 621 AD 1990
 

Midway Games:

All games listed were designed for arcade machines.

 
Title Date Contemporary ports
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 1992 port to Gameboy by Beam Software
Total Carnage 1991
Mortal Kombat 8/2/1992 1993 ports to various computers and consoles
NBA Jam 1993 1994 ports to various consoles and handhelds
Mortal Kombat II 1993-4 1994 ports to various computers and consoles
NBA Jam Tournament Edition 1994 1995 ports to various computers and consoles
Revolution X 1994 1995 ports to Genesis, Saturn, and SNES
Cruis'n USA 1994-11
WWF WrestleMania 1995 1995 ports to PC and consoles by Sculptured Software
Mortal Kombat 3 1995-3 1995 ports to PC and consoles
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 10/6/1995 1996 ports to Genesis, Saturn, and SNES
War Gods 1995-12 1996 port to PC by Eurocom
 

Midway Games & Home, 5th gen:

 
Title Lead platform Date Contemporary ports
NBA Hangtime Arcade 4/16/1996 1996 ports to PC and consoles
Mortal Kombat Trilogy ??? 1996 Same-quarter releases on PS1 and N64
1997 ports to PC and Saturn
Cruis'n World Arcade 1996-11
Rampage World Tour Arcade 1997-3 1997 ports to PC, PS1, and Saturn
1998 ports to Game Boy Color and N64
DOOM 64 Nintendo 64 4/4/1997
Mortal Kombat 4 Arcade 9/11/1997 1998 ports to PC, N64, and PS1 by Eurocom
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero ??? 1997 Same-quarter releases on N64 and PS1
Rampage 2: Universal Tour PlayStation 1998 1998 ports to Game Boy Color and N64
Hydro Thunder Arcade 1999 1999 port to Dreamcast
2000 ports to N64 and PS1
Ready 2 Rumble Boxing Dreamcast 9/9/1999 1999 ports to N64 and PS1 by Point of View
 

Midway Home, 6th gen:

 
Title Lead platform Date Contemporary ports
Shadow Hearts PS2 6/28/2001 Near-simultaneous releases on Gamecube, PS2, and Xbox
Spy Hunter PS2 9/27/2001 2002 ports to Gamecube and Xbox by Point of View
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance ??? 2002-11 Near-simultaneous releases on Gamecube, PS2, and Xbox
The Suffering ??? 3/9/2004 Simultaneous releases on PS2 and Xbox
2004 port to PC
Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy PS2 6/14/2004 Simultaneous release of port to Xbox
2005 port to PC by Gamestar China
Mortal Kombat: Deception PS2 10/4/2004 Simultaneous release of port to Xbox
2005 port to Gamecube
Area-51 ??? 2005 Same-quarter releases for PC, PS2, and Xbox
Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks ??? 9/19/2005 Simultaneous releases for PS2 and Xbox
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon ??? 2006-10 Near-simultaneous releases for PS2 and Xbox
2007 port to Wii by Just Games Interactive
 

Midway Home, 7th gen:


Title Lead platform Date
Contemporary ports
Stranglehold ??? 2007 Same-quarter releases for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360
Blacksite: Area 51 ??? 2007 Same-quarter releases for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe ??? 11/16/2008 Simultaneously released for PS3 and Xbox 360

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