Creating special controllers for games seemed like a trend back when the music rhythm games first came out, but considering the nature of the games, creating special controllers for them was pretty much required. Last month we heard a lot about the new custom controllers that Mad Catz released for WWE All Stars -- the BrawlStick and BrawlPad -- and now we learn that Performance Designed Products (PDP), is producing the Mortal Kombat Fight Stick -- a specialized controller for the upcoming release of a new interpretation of that classic of classics: Mortal Kombat, we are starting to smell a trend.
PDP announced that it is also sponsoring the first ever North American Mortal Kombat tournament -- to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, with a $21,000 prize pool -- at Bally’s Casino and Hotel. Hundreds of matches will be played using the fight stick in front of members of the Mortal Kombat design team according to PDP, who warns that you must be 18 years or older to participate in tourney play.
A Specialized Kombat Kontroller
The Mortal Kombat Fight Stick is said to be the ultimate arcade-style joystick controller for the upcoming Mortal Kombat video game from Warner Brothers Interactive and NetherRealm Studios.
The Fight Stick will feature at the tournament, which is set to go down in Las Vegas on May 14 and 15; the top contestants will battle for $21,000 in prizes, but the real question is can we get our editors to send us out there to cover this?
"Mortal Kombat is one of the most recognizable video game franchises on the planet and has a huge audience of dedicated fans," says Tom Roberts, Chief Technical Officer at PDP. "We've created the ultimate joystick for these fans and now we're bringing them all together to find the top Mortal Kombat player in North America."
PDP and NetherRealm Studios have collaborated to produce the Mortal Kombat Fight Stick, which features exclusive custom artwork and will only be available as part of the Mortal Kombat Tournament Edition of the game.
The Tournament Edition will be offered in extremely limited numbers on PDP.com, and has been designed to reflect the look and feel of the classic Mortal Kombat arcade cabinet and its ergonomic button layout. The Stick has been updated with additional design and technological touches to create the ideal joystick for serious console players using high quality arcade parts from Suzo Happ, and has been designed to be very robust.
Inside the joystick base all parts and wires are protected by a unique plastic shield emblazoned with the Mortal Kombat logo, with room to store cables and a copy of the game. The underside of the Mortal Kombat Fight Stick is lined with velvet-wrapped memory foam for the comfort of players who hold the stick on their lap, while rubberized feet at the bottom corners will prevent the stick from sliding when placed on a table or similar surface.
Mortal Kombat the Game
Mortal Kombat, the newest chapter of the award-winning video game franchise, will be on store shelves starting April 19th, 2011 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It marks a triumphant return to the series' mature presentation and a reinvention of its classic 2D fighting mechanic. Mortal Kombat will introduce a number of new game play features including tag team, a deeper story mode, and nostalgic online and offline arcade battles.
Players will be able to choose from an extensive lineup of iconic warriors and challenge their friends in traditional 1 vs. 1 matches as well as several new game modes. In addition, Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation will make their Blu-ray debuts on April 19th from Warner Home Video.
Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation are available for download through Sony PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, iTunes, Amazon, and other online retailers. The films are also available On Demand from cable and satellite providers.
For more information log onto www.themortalkombat.com and www.facebook.com/mortalkombat.
To order a limited-edition Mortal Kombat Fight Stick, visit http://www.pdp.com
For more information about the game, Mortal Kombat, log onto www.themortalkombat.com and visit www.facebook.com/mortalkombat.
To review the rules and sign up to take part in PDP's $21,000 Mortal Kombat National Tournament in Las Vegas, NV on May 14th and 15th, visit http://www.pdp.com/mortalkombat
Posted: 10th Mar 2011 by CMBF
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