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Mortal Kombat X announcement trailer among top 3 most viewed YouTube trailers in Q2; beats Ninja Turtles, Hercules, and more

Mortal Kombat X, NetherRealm Studios' upcoming next-gen fighter, made a big splash in the fighting game community when it was first revealed. It seems, however, that the initial announcement trailer was enjoyed quite a bit by those who find themselves outside of our hardcore fighting game niche.

Last week, Variety posted a list of the top 10 most viewed YouTube trailers for Q2 of this year. Among the multitude of trailers uploaded between April 1 and June 30, 2014, Mortal Kombat X came in as the third most watched video with 11 million views.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and X-Men: Days of Future Past were the only two trailers to land more hits than Mortal Kombat X's in Q2. MKX even beat out other blockbuster movies trailers such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Hercules.

You can check out the top 10 most watched list below, along with the total number of views each trailer accumulated.

New Raiden trailer discusses all three Variations for the thunder god; Boon hints at Sektor and Cyrax in Mortal Kombat X on Twitter

A new Mortal Kombat X trailer has hit the internet this morning that features the most recently announced returning fighter in the upcoming next-gen title, Raiden. NetherRealm Studios' Ed Boon jumps in to explain what the thunder god can do in this installment.

The NRS representative covers each of Raiden's Mortal Kombat X Variations: Thunder God, Displacer, and Storm Lord. Each Variation grants Raiden with different attributes, including increased damage, mobility, and even the ability to produce lightning traps that control the flow of battle.

You will find the new trailer below, along with Ed Boon's latest cryptic hint at more returning warriors in MKX.

Is Kano a playable character in Mortal Kombat X? German magazine may have leaked the Black Dragon leader's return ahead of official reveal

Kano, leader of the Black Dragon crime cartel in 2011's reboot of Mortal Kombat and who was last seen being frozen by Sub-Zero, may be returning as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X, if these two images -- allegedly from a leaked copy of an unidentified German magazine -- are to be believed.

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If these images are true, then one of Kano's three variations in the game will be Wrestling-Kano, who possesses a Flying Knee special move, according to the German text in one of the images.

The evolution of Kitana from 1993-2011, Ed Boon hints her possible return in Mortal Kombat X

The Twitter-verse has been abuzz lately with numerous eager fans requesting characters for NetherRealm Studios' upcoming fighting title, Mortal Kombat X. It seems as though the game's developers continue to send out cryptic hints that may point to upcoming reveals.

A couple of days ago MK creator Ed Boon tweeted out a fan-made image that shows the evolution of Kitana from 1993-2011. The picture below gives us a cool look at how the character has changed over the years, and this particular request is a bit more elaborate than the usual text-based tweets.

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The hint at Kitana's possible return comes from a response to a follower's tweet made by Mr. Boon. Pointing out that Kitana is no longer living in the Mortal Kombat cannon and thus, cannot be in MKX, Ed simply replied, "Ha! You realize this is Mortal Kombat, right? ;)"

You can check out the tweet below.

Sub-Zero creates icy hammers, shields, and clones with his Variations: Learn what each one does in Mortal Kombat X

NetherRealm Studios brings us another look at character Variations in Mortal Kombat X. Today's images feature Sub-Zero and we learn the specifics of his Cryomancer, Unbreakable, and Grandmaster Variations.

Last week, NRS released official images for D'Vorah, a brand new character to the Mortal Kombat universe.

Hit each image below to find out what Sub-Zero's Variations are all about in Mortal Kombat X.

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Source: The official Mortal Kombat Facebook page.

Sub-Zero looks real 'ice in this fresh Mortal Kombat X wallpaper - seriously, it's quite cool!

The good folks over at NetherRealm Studios have answered the frequent requests for official Mortal Kombat X Sub-Zero artwork. Earlier today, a brand spankin' new wallpaper was posted over on the Mortal Kombat Facebook page that features everyone's favorite frosty ninja.

You can hit the image below, save it to your computer, and use it as the background to whatever you see fit.

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In case you missed them, you can find similar wallpapers for each of Mortal Kombat X's newly introduced fighters: D'Vorah, Kotal Khan, Cassie Cage, and Ferra & Torr, by hitting the link.

Source: The official Mortal Kombat Facebook page.

The most watched Evolution 2014 grand finals on YouTube is Mortal Kombat 9's side tournament, even more views than USF4 and UMvC3

According to a recent tweet from Ed Boon, director of the Mortal Kombat series, the ninth iteration of the American fighter received more YouTube views of its grand finals than any other game of Evolution 2014.

The YouTube video has more than 260,000 views. By comparison, Ultra Street Fighter 4's footage only has 116,000 views. Even Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, the most live-watched finals of the tournament, rounds out at less than 100,000.

What about Mortal Kombat 9's grand finals made them such a success on YouTube? Check below to watch the footage and find out.

D'Vorah's Variations can lock opponents down, chip away at them, and effectively zone players out: Learn what each one does in Mortal Kombat X

The official Mortal Kombat Facebook page has uploaded a series of images that give a quick overview of D'Vorah's Variations in Mortal Kombat X.

Each of her three Variations: Venomous, Brood Mother, and Swarm Queen, are represented here, and we get to learn the specific traits each one retains.

Hit any or all of the images below to read about D'Vorah's Variations in Mortal Kombat X.

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Source: Mortal Kombat on Facebook. Photo via NicciFett.

[PSN/XBL sale] Get Marvel vs. Capcom Origins for $3.75; discounts on Injustice, Killer Instinct Ultra Edition, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe

The PlayStation Network and Xbox Live digital game stores are holding two completely disparate fire sales at the moment (the PSN one has a superhero theme, while the Xbox Live marketplace sale is a run-of-the-mill Deals with Gold sale), offering discounts of up to 75% on select titles.

Yet, coincidentally, when it comes to fighting games, the very same titles -- Marvel vs. Capcom Origins, Injustice, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe -- are getting similar steep discounts whichever platform it is you are on. The sole exception being Killer Instinct: Ultra Edition, of course, which is an Xbox One exclusive.

That's certainly good news if you're a fighting game fan who owns only one of the two leading consoles in the market. Regardless of which side you pledge your allegiance to, you can pick up any of these fighting games you've missed for less than the price of dinner at a nice place.

For instance: US$3.75 for Marvel vs. Capcom Origins on the PS3? That's 25% of the original price! Grab it before Disney asks for the game to be taken off the store!

Sub-Zero blasts a hole in Scorpion's torso, Cassie Cage hits the low blow, and more: Mortal Kombat X animated GIFs

Since the initial announcement back in June, NetherRealm Studios has uploaded a handful of awesome Mortal Kombat X GIFs over on Tumblr. Today we get a look at some brutal in-game moments featuring characters such as Scorpion, Cassie Cage, Raiden, and more.

You can check out each of them below, and be sure to follow NRS on Tumblr for even more GIFs as they should be uploading more in the future.

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Source: NetherRealm Studios on Tumblr.

Boon: 'It would be weird to have Raiden without his Superman move' - NRS keeping characters true to the originals and adding to them in MKX

After the recent announcement that Raiden will be the next playable character in Mortal Kombat X, NetherRealm Studios' own Ed Boon sat down for a quick interview with IGN to talk about the upcoming next-gen fighter.

Boon starts off by discussing each one of Raiden's three variations in MKX, detailing the differences between them. He goes on to talk about the latest iteration of the Thunder god and how true he will stay to his original character design.

"We feel it would be weird to have Raiden and he doesn't have his Superman move, so we're not going to take that away," Boon explains. "It would also be weird if he didn't have some kind of lightning projectile move. That's just very ingrained in the everybody's DNA who plays Raiden."

Relive the hype, the salt, and the tears: EVO 2014 grand finals sets for all games now available

IGN has uploaded each and every one of the grand finals sets from EVO 2014.

Included in our story are the final bouts for Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma, and Killer Instinct. IGN has the remainder of the grand finals sets over on their site, including side tournaments, so be sure to check them out.

In case you happened to miss them, you can find the EVO 2014 results and battle logs here on EventHubs.

Relive the hype, the salt, and the tears from this year's EVO!

Boon: Mortal Kombat X will introduce more new characters than any entry since the first game - DLC fighters planned, one is a 'guest'

Mortal Kombat X is going to have a lot of new faces in it, NetherRealm Studios' Ed Boon relayed in an interview at EVO 2014, hosted by Mad Catz.

"We introduced a lot of new characters in [Mortal Kombat X]," said Boon, adding that he believes this game will introduce more new fighters into the MK franchise than any previous version — since the original release.

He added that if a fighter you're particularly fond of doesn't make the initial cut, there's still hope in the future.

"If you don't see your favorite character, there's always the DLC characters," said Boon.

As far as who the DLC characters could be, Boon felt that there's a novelty to having guest characters, like Freddy Krueger in MK9 and Scorpion and Injustice, so there's a very good chance you'll see another guest fighter this time around as well.

The DLC fighters won't be just guest characters though, said Boon, but there's a strong chance you'll see at least one.

Raiden enters Mortal Kombat X - EVO 2014 character reveal trailer and images

It's official: Like many of you have guessed, Raiden is the next playable character to be announced for Mortal Kombat X. NetherRealm Studios's Ed Boon announced right after the Injustice: Gods Among Us top 8 play-offs at EVO 2014 today.

The Raiden character reveal trailer showed all three variations of the character, as well as his X-ray move and Fatality. Check out the reveal trailer below.

Mortal Kombat X: Exclusive reveal for EVO 2014 on Saturday, right before Injustice finals

Mortal Kombat X's official unveiling at Sony's E3 press conference was one of the biggest moments at the annual video games trade show this year.

Over the course of the week-long convention we also got to learn more details about the game's brand new characters, such as Cassie Cage being the daughter between Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage.

And then, E3 2014 came to an end. "Until next time," NetherRealm Studios said.

Fortunately, if you're been dying to see more from Mortal Kombat X, well, hang on to your spinal cords and still-beating hearts for just a little longer; the official Facebook page for the series has just announced an exclusive reveal for EVO 2014 this Saturday.

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