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Mortal Kombat 2 hack makes the hidden characters playable for the first time

The 'real' versions of Jade, Smoke and Noob Saibot are finally unlocked

Nothing excites me more than a decades-old video game secret finally being busted open.

We saw it earlier this week when the did-they-didn't-they myth about Atari's E.T. landfill was finally revealed to be completely true - an amazing moment for gamers like me who have long enjoyed telling the story to people and wondering if it really did happen.

Now another gaming urban legend is set to be busted open, although this time with a little outside interference from a skilled hacker.

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Back in 1993, Mortal Kombat II hit the arcades. It was massively popular, and as gamers chucked endless cash into it rumours began to surface of three hidden characters - Jade, Smoke and Noob Saibot.

Eventually these characters were confirmed as real CPU opponents that could be found and faced if you met certain (ridiculous) conditions, but even after this rumours continued. There had to be a way, somehow, to not just fight against the hidden trio, but fight as them.

More than two decades later hacker Abystus has more or less cracked the solution... but, sadly, the ability to play as the characters was never in the game. Instead, Abystus' method involves modifying the game code to make it possible.

Other hackers have previously given temporary solutions to this by taking the hidden characters' sprites and moves and replacing those of normally playable characters, but Abystus' cheat is the first that lets players control the 'real' Jade, Smoke and Noob Saibot - as in, the ones controlled by the CPU when you face them.

If you're a dab hand at adding cheats to arcade games, you can find out how to do it here (beware, apparently it's still pretty glitchy but Abystus is still working on it to iron out the bugs). Everyone else should take a gander at the video below to finally see the 'real' Jade being controlled by a human player.

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