The Arcade Ladder (also called Arcade Mode) is single player game mode in the form of a ladder of kombatants where the player must face up to reach the final boss. It gives the player a quick preview of who they will be fighting against, starting at the top where the boss is located and descending down at the bottom where the very first opponent is faced. As the player wins matches, they rise to the top before reaching the apex, climaxing with the final boss. It has appeared in all Mortal Kombat games, except for Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero, Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks and Mortal Kombat: Special Forces.
Arcade Ladders in the MK seriesEdit
- In Mortal Kombat, the Arcade Ladder has a Mirror Match (where you fight the same character that you are using). It also featured three Endurance Matches before the bosses.
- In Mortal Kombat II, the Arcade Ladder has the shape of a mountain and Shao Kahn is at the top with his fist raised into the air. Also, it had a "?" marker, which could be used to fight a secret character.
- From Mortal Kombat 3 to Mortal Kombat 4, the Arcade Ladder would be in varying sizes, allowing players to pick a smaller ladder for an easier game. Sometimes picking the smaller ladders would prompt Shao Kahn to laugh and heckle the player. In the Master ladder in UMK3 and MKT, there are 2 Endurance Matches (the former has 2 characters and the latter has 3 characters). Also, in the N64 version of MKT - with the use of a code - the Secret Endurance Ladders could be unlocked. In MK4 and Gold, the ladders could be rotated to feature a different set of opponents.
- In Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, the Arcade Ladder was not tiered and didn't have different sizes, but rather moved to various locations on a globe, picturing the arena the battle would take place in.
- In Mortal Kombat: Deception, in the Arcade Ladder, the player moved climbing a mountain and the character is displayed as a low-res model with the Val Tudo style, ready to fight. When defeated, they would lay sprawled on the ground, but still moving whether or not a finisher was performed on them.
- In Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, the ladder returned to be an only ladder and after beating the sub-boss, the final boss Blaze is roaring in the background.
- In Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, there is no ladder, instead, the player chooses between fighting the MK Universe, the DC Universe or Mixed. After a fight, another fight begins inmediately (without the ladder animation).
- Mortal Kombat (2011)'s Arcade Ladder is the only one to have 2 sub-bosses fights, both before the end: the first one is always Shang Tsung, and the second one is either Goro or Kintaro.
- The Arcade Ladders from MK3/UMK3/MKT had a cameo in Mortal Kombat Deception.