While I was on vacation last week, I visited an arcade locate in Ludington. Sadly, the arcade will be closing soon, but it is full of some great machines that you don't see a lot. One of those was the original Mortal Kombat arcade cabinet.

The SNES and Genesis version of the game cannot compare to the difficulty of this game in the arcade, but I accomplished something during my vacation, and I feel pretty damn good about it.

8 dollars in quarters later, I beat the Mortal Kombat arcade game, and it was glorious.

I downloaded the arcade port of the game onto my Xbox 360, which still is insanely difficult, but nothing beats that sense of urgency and strategy that you get with popping in a quarter and hoping you'll stay alive.

The hardest part for me was the 'Endurance' matches, where you have to take on two opponents with one health bar. Most of my quarters were eaten at this time, and then I made it to Goro. This guy kicked my ass through my mouth, but I kept going. I was starting to run short on quarters, so the sense of urgency to beat the game was growing.

I eventually figured out a winning pattern and air kicked Goro to his grave, and made it up to Shang Tsung, which was surprisingly easy, and I beat the game!

Nothing was more exciting than seeing that final screen! I haven't had fun like that with an arcade in years, and it was quite exciting.

Metalhead Ned/WGRD