Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks

Developer(s): Midway Studios - Los Angeles
Publisher(s): Midway
Genre: Action, Fighting
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: IGN8/10, Metacritic77/100, GameSpot7.5/10
Game description: Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is an action adventure game set in the world of Mortal Kombat. As Liu Kang or Kung Lao, you must battle enemies to gain experience and customize your player. Combat features include air combat, juggling, weapons, interactive environments and an increased number of fatalities, "mutalities," and brutalities. As you progress through the Outworld you can unlock additional classic Mortal Kombat characters.

Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks

NTSC-U cover
Game general and emulation properties:
ESRB rating: M (Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language)
PEGI rating: 18+
OFLC rating: MA
Widescreen patch available
CPU intensive game
Supports up to two local players
Languages supported:
English: SLES-53524 & SLES-53525 & SLUS-21087 & SLUS-21087GH
German: SLES-53524 & SLES-53525
French: SLES-53524
Spanish: SLES-53524
Italian: SLES-53524
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-21087
SLUS-21087GH (Greatest Hits)
Release date: September 16, 2005
2006 (Greatest Hits)
CRCs: 455DD546
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-53524
Release date: September 30, 2005
2005 (Australia)
CRCs: 3D02E0BF
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

The game centers on two members of the Shaolin Order: Liu Kang and Kung Lao, as they travel through the realms in an attempt to thwart Shang Tsung's plans to dominate Earthrealm. The player can control these two characters in either single mode or co-op mode as they venture through several environments fighting enemies. Despite being an adventure game the engine incorporates multiple elements from the Mortal Kombat series such as finishing moves and combos that can be upgraded. A versus mode also allows the players to fight against each other.

Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • Intel C2D e8400 OC 3.6Ghz
  • nVidia GeForce 260GTX
r3113 GSDX r3068 0.1.16
  • SPU2-X r3117 1.4.0
  • LilyPad r2930 0.10.0
  • Runs pretty good.
  • Lots of graphic glitches, mostly in the lighting (has been fixed in the version 1.1 revision 5594).
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.4Ghz
  • Nvidia GTX 285 768MB
1.1.0 r5492 GSdx 5464 SSE41
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
GigaherzCDVD will make the game hang. Running from ISO or CDVDolio works fine.
PAL Windows
  • Ryzen 5 2600
  • Nvidia GeForce 750 TI OC
1.6.0 Stable GSdx SSE4.1/AVX 1.2.0 SPU2-X 2.0.0 Plays at full speed even with widescreen hack Zerel
NTSC-U Windows 10 64-bit
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3550H with Radeon Vega Mobile Gfx 2.10 GHz
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
1.7.0-dev-437 GSdx32 1.2.0 SSE2
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
After leaving the pit and the cutscene to the wu shi academy plays in the in the beginning as it starts it may bug little doesnt affect gameplay at all it runs at 60fps must have a gaming laptop otherwise it wont work fast

(Speedhacks must be on EE Cyclerate must be set to 60% cyclerate and EE cycle skipping set to mild everything else leave in default)


Known Issues

Slow game

  • Type: Not an issue
  • Description: The game is excessively slow with MTVU on.
  • Workaround: Don't turn on MTVU.