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14 hours ago, RussTCB said:

And there it is, GoldenTee! Just need the Mortal Kombat cabinet now and I'm all set! 

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Attending one of your music nights is on my bucket list. That basement is awesome. 

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Even though my main MAME machine (main mame, lol), already has all of the arcade 1 up games on it, I'm considering getting the MK cab when that gets released. I just LOVE the look and sound of MK, and the 3 games they picked are about perfect. UMK3 and MK2 are great games (although I'm one of the few that prefers UMK3 over MK2), but both are good. MK1 is just "all right" by today's standards, MK4 is better imo, but MK1 is more iconic. 

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did you do anything with joysticks or buttons? Or are they stock? New sticks and buttons make a WORLD of difference. I upgraded them in my Xarcade tankstick (because the stock ones were only "average"). But the ones that come in these arcade 1ups are bottom of the barrel if I'm honest. With the kind of traffic your basement gets, your sticks and buttons will get wore out before to long. I'd look into upgrading if you haven't already done so. 

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18 minutes ago, Iron MikeyJ said:

Even though my main MAME machine (main mame, lol), already has all of the arcade 1 up games on it, I'm considering getting the MK cab when that gets released. I just LOVE the look and sound of MK, and the 3 games they picked are about perfect. UMK3 and MK2 are great games (although I'm one of the few that prefers UMK3 over MK2), but both are good. MK1 is just "all right" by today's standards, MK4 is better imo, but MK1 is more iconic. 

@RussTCB,

did you do anything with joysticks or buttons? Or are they stock? New sticks and buttons make a WORLD of difference. I upgraded them in my Xarcade tankstick (because the stock ones were only "average"). But the ones that come in these arcade 1ups are bottom of the barrel if I'm honest. With the kind of traffic your basement gets, your sticks and buttons will get wore out before to long. I'd look into upgrading if you haven't already done so. 

I put genuine Sanwa sticks and all new buttons in mine while I was putting it together. Installed shaft extenders (lol) and bat tops too, so I'm good to go. 

There's at least one MK machine out in the wild already. A YouTube channel called getoffmylawngaming got it and the sticks / buttons are way improved over the Wave 1 machines, so I'll probably leave that stock. 

The trackball on GoldenTee is 100x better than the one they included in Centipede, so things are looking up. I absolutely LOVE my GoldenTee cabinet, so I have high hopes for MK. 

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Good for you going with Sanwa sticks👍I contemplated going with those for a while in my tankstick, but in the end went with IL Eurostick (because I want bat tops as opposed to ball tops). But Sanwa are one of the best out there for sure. I wasnt sure how "into" this stuff you have gotten, but the simple fact you know what sanwa is... tells me all I need to know, lol. 

I have actually seen that video of the guy with MK cab. If I do get it, I wont be modifying it to much (except for buttons and sticks, those are a MUST for me). But I wont be raspberry pi it, I dont see the point of two machines identical in games. The only difference would be artwork. I just think the MK machine is cool, and will leave it like that. 

Hopefully UMK3 will save though. That game has 3 hidden characters (classic Subzero, Ermac and Jade) and they are NOT easy to unlock. But once unlocked, they usually stay unlocked. But I dont think you can access the menus on arcade 1 ups.

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9 hours ago, Iron MikeyJ said:

Good for you going with Sanwa sticks👍I contemplated going with those for a while in my tankstick, but in the end went with IL Eurostick (because I want bat tops as opposed to ball tops). But Sanwa are one of the best out there for sure. I wasnt sure how "into" this stuff you have gotten, but the simple fact you know what sanwa is... tells me all I need to know, lol. 

I have actually seen that video of the guy with MK cab. If I do get it, I wont be modifying it to much (except for buttons and sticks, those are a MUST for me). But I wont be raspberry pi it, I dont see the point of two machines identical in games. The only difference would be artwork. I just think the MK machine is cool, and will leave it like that. 

Hopefully UMK3 will save though. That game has 3 hidden characters (classic Subzero, Ermac and Jade) and they are NOT easy to unlock. But once unlocked, they usually stay unlocked. But I dont think you can access the menus on arcade 1 ups.

I thought I'd replied to this but I guess I didn't. Yeah, I read a lot in a short period of time and thought I'd just get the Sanwa's.

Did you see that MK & Final Fight are arriving in stores now? I'm so stoked to get MK! It was confirmed that you can access the service menus in MKII, but I'm not sure about UMK3

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1 hour ago, RussTCB said:

I thought I'd replied to this but I guess I didn't. Yeah, I read a lot in a short period of time and thought I'd just get the Sanwa's.

Did you see that MK & Final Fight are arriving in stores now? I'm so stoked to get MK! It was confirmed that you can access the service menus in MKII, but I'm not sure about UMK3

Maybe you did, I didnt read back through the posts before I commented.

As for the service menues, if you can access one, I'm sure you can access them all. I actually played some UMK3 today. I can do pretty good with, cant beat it though. I can never get past the endurance match (when you fight 2 people). Gets me everytime.

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On 4/25/2019 at 7:24 AM, Iron MikeyJ said:

I cant afford to buy one yet, hopefully in a few weeks.

Drove down to Perrysburg Ohio and grabbed one just now after a huge battle with the store staff. 

I ended up getting it, so I'm happy. I'll probably put it together later tonight. 

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...and there it is! MK was the third and final cabinet I wanted from Arcade1Up. I couldn't be happier that they released both so early. It was a crazy bad financial strain right now but I'll get through it lol. I'd rather have them early and live lean for a bit than wait several more months as planned.

As a side note, the controls are WAYYYYYYYYYY better on this out of the box than SFII was before I installed new sticks. I played MKII for a short while and I was VERY happy that I could pull off Jax's combo where you jump over, reverse kick, then do the back breaker. I absolutely could NOT do that combo with the stock sticks on that cab.

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8 hours ago, RussTCB said:

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...and there it is! MK was the third and final cabinet I wanted from Arcade1Up. I couldn't be happier that they released both so early. It was a crazy bad financial strain right now but I'll get through it lol. I'd rather have them early and live lean for a bit than wait several more months as planned.

As a side note, the controls are WAYYYYYYYYYY better on this out of the box than SFII was before I installed new sticks. I played MKII for a short while and I was VERY happy that I could pull off Jax's combo where you jump over, reverse kick, then do the back breaker. I absolutely could NOT do that combo with the stock sticks on that cab.

The consensus seems to be that the MK cab is the best one Arcade 1up has done to date. How do the sticks and buttons compare to the sanwa's you put in your modded cab?

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1 hour ago, Iron MikeyJ said:

The consensus seems to be that the MK cab is the best one Arcade 1up has done to date. How do the sticks and buttons compare to the sanwa's you put in your modded cab?

Not sure how, but I like the sticks in MK better! They're exactly like I remember the MKII cabs I always played. 

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@RussTCB,

Have you been playing it much? Are you good? Honestly UMK3 is one of my favorite games to play, but I can NEVER beat it. My best character is Reptile (I know all his moves and a fatality), but I can NEVER best the endurance round in that game (Jade and Ermac are a LETHAL combo when they team them up).

When I was young I could get to Kintaro with Lou Kang in MK2. I'm still ok in MK2 (but it's probably the one I'm worst in of the 3). Having said that, I'm pretty good with Reptile and Lou Kang in MK2.

I ask all of this because I JUST beat MK for the first time EVER, lol. I'm pretty pumped about it. I beat it with Sub Zero. Goro and the 3 endurance rounds were tough, but doable. I actually beat Shang Tsung 2-0 on the first try. I've never beaten that game on any platform before, so I'm pretty thrilled I beat the arcade version, lol.

Basically what I'm saying is that MK is clearly the EASIEST of the 3 games, because I hardly ever play that one (while I play the other 2 quite often). If I was keeping track of quarters, I would say I put less that $5.00 in it to beat it as well. 

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50 minutes ago, Iron MikeyJ said:

@RussTCB,

Have you been playing it much? Are you good? Honestly UMK3 is one of my favorite games to play, but I can NEVER beat it. My best character is Reptile (I know all his moves and a fatality), but I can NEVER best the endurance round in that game (Jade and Ermac are a LETHAL combo when they team them up).

When I was young I could get to Kintaro with Lou Kang in MK2. I'm still ok in MK2 (but it's probably the one I'm worst in of the 3). Having said that, I'm pretty good with Reptile and Lou Kang in MK2.

I ask all of this because I JUST beat MK for the first time EVER, lol. I'm pretty pumped about it. I beat it with Sub Zero. Goro and the 3 endurance rounds were tough, but doable. I actually beat Shang Tsung 2-0 on the first try. I've never beaten that game on any platform before, so I'm pretty thrilled I beat the arcade version, lol.

Basically what I'm saying is that MK is clearly the EASIEST of the 3 games, because I hardly ever play that one (while I play the other 2 quite often). If I was keeping track of quarters, I would say I put less that $5.00 in it to beat it as well. 

I never really gave UMK3 a chance in the arcade. I'm not big on memorized combos, so I was kinda turned off to it. 

I do remember beating II at least once in the arcade way back in the day. I should try again on this cab and see what I can do. I could see myself giving 3 another chance too. 

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I HATED Mortal Kombat 3, and ALWAYS felt MK2 was the best in the series. I never gave UMK3 a chance when it was new (because I didnt like MK3 so much). But to be honest, I think it's easily the best of the 3. I still love MK2 because of nostalgia, but UMK3 is the better game imo. MK1 is by far the worst imo, but a fun play through as well. 

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9 hours ago, Iron MikeyJ said:

I HATED Mortal Kombat 3, and ALWAYS felt MK2 was the best in the series. I never gave UMK3 a chance when it was new (because I didnt like MK3 so much). But to be honest, I think it's easily the best of the 3. I still love MK2 because of nostalgia, but UMK3 is the better game imo. MK1 is by far the worst imo, but a fun play through as well. 

Right on. I really do need to dig into UMK3 more. 

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5 hours ago, RussTCB said:

@Iron MikeyJ a guy on a modding page figured out how to get the hidden characters in UMK3 to stay unlocked. I gave it a shot just now and it worked, so that's pretty rad. Now Mileena, Ermac and Human Sub Zero are unlocked automatically every time I power up my cab.

I just saw this, after our fb discussion. 👍

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On 5/3/2019 at 12:30 PM, Iron MikeyJ said:

I made it all the way to Shao Khan in UMK3 today, couldn't beat him though...

The more I hear from you and others, the more I really need to make time to Ness around with UMK3. 

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