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There's an Easter egg in Mortal Kombat 11 that's pulled right out of Toy Story

NetherRealm Studios' attention to detail in their fighting games reaches to infinity and... they have a great attention to detail. If you're not looking closely at the right things, a killer Easter egg or reference just might slip past you.

One such hidden gem exists in Mortal Kombat 11 with recently revealed character Johnny Cage and one of his win poses. As you've probably seen from his official trailer, when Johnny Cage nets a traditional win (no Fatality), he'll pull out an action figure of himself and playfully make it punch a few times before it performs his signature splits.

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The Sonic the Hedgehog movie poster has been revealed... and it may haunt your nightmares

So you may have heard that Paramount Pictures is working on a Sonic the Hedgehog live action movie. It's scheduled to hit theaters on November 8, 2019.

According to Polygon, Hamagami Carroll appears to have leaked the posters for the movie. As a result, we get our best look at Sonic the Hedgehog.

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The Walking Dead's Whisperers leader Alpha performed a Mortal Kombat-style Fatality during last night's episode

Last night's episode of The Walking Dead featured a gruesome scene involving The Whisperers leader, Alpha, that one would easily find within the Mortal Kombat series. Spoiler and NSFW content alert: This story will feature some spoilers from the episode and includes content not suitable for work.

The Walking Dead is deep into its ninth season, and last night we saw episode 12, entitled "Guardians," aired on AMC. This installment put a large focus on The Whisperers — this season's major antagonists — following leader Alpha as she and her massive group of faux walkers traveled back home after trading for her daughter Lydia at The Hilltop.

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The Nintendo Switch has turned two years old today

Two years ago on March 3, 2017, the Nintendo Switch was officially released worldwide. As of December 2018, more than 32 million units of Nintendo's latest console have been sold.

The success of the Switch came after the flop of its predecessor, the Wii U. Throughout its lifetime, the Wii U was only able to sell over 13 million units. In the United States, the Nintendo Switch is the fastest selling console this generation.

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Capcom President: We are fully engaging the eSports market, focusing on five, ten and even twenty years into the future

As the eSports train continues to pick up speed, gaming communities have become more and more comfortable with shedding the anxieties and leaning into this massive new landscape.

After taking into account the growth of first person shooter, battle royale and multiplayer online battle arena scenes, it's clear that the fighting game car is a little closer to the back of our figurative train. This is perhaps most easily evidenced by the numbers as we compare, say, 2018 Dota 2 World Championship's $25 million prize pool to the $500,000 prize pool of the 2018 Capcom Pro Tour.

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Sherryjenix's brand new eFight Pass program will help foreign fighting game players obtain US visas

With the fighting game community growing larger than its ever been and developing global tours for AAA titles such as Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7 and Dragon Ball FighterZ, we're seeing more international travel and competition than ever before.

This advance does not come without its problems, however, as transit from country to country can include quite a bit of red tape, and we've already seen multiple instances where players were unable to attend major events due to visa and passport issues.

The fighting game community's own ESE|VP|Sherryjenix has seen such happenings one too many times, and has decided to do something about it. The result is eFightPass, a program created to help foreign players get their visas to travel to United States.

Dealing with government forms and processes can be daunting, and so this program will instruct players on how to get the ball rolling. This includes the necessary steps one must take, tips for interviewing and general dos and don'ts to maximize your chances of being approved.

Not only do competitors receive help with all this, but eFightPass will also aid in payments for the non-refundable visa application fee as well as travel and hotel fees. Those that would like to further the cause can donate to help the program offer as many opportunities as possible.

Click the thumbnail here for Sherry's introduction to the why, what and how of eFightPass, and be sure to check out the website when you're done.

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A new Final Fight front runner for Street Fighter 5 Season 4 DLC, Melee doesn't make the EVO line up, Marvel vs. Capcom 4 rumors and more

We're excited to be able to share our 40th EventHubs Podcast episode with you as Catalyst and I jump into and discuss the topics that have been buzzing about the FGC this past week.

The EVO lineup for 2019 had some big surprises as titles like Samurai Shodown and UNIST took up slots that many imagined would go to games such as Super Smash Bros. Melee, Dead or Alive 6, or Guilty Gear.

We have a few thoughts as to why tournament organizers would choose to go about things in this manner, and focus a bit on whether or not this could spell the beginning of the end for the seemingly immortal Melee.

In less official happenings, Filipino Champ has been tweeting some not so veiled hints about Marvel vs. Capcom 4. While I'm not to keen on the idea at first thought, Catalyst has some interesting points about the potential for an MvC revival.

Street Fighter 5 has finally gotten some Season 4 update action as new DLC has been revealed and added into the game. Not only this, but Capcom has clarified that two additional announcements are coming in March and then November.

Finally, from developer interviews to the new CPT content, there's been a lot of Final Fight references in Capcom's recent dealings. This makes us really think that one or more of the upcoming DLC characters will hail from that title, and we have a pretty good guess as to a front runner.

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Update: Pokémon Sword and Shield announced for Nintendo Switch

Update: Pokémon Sword and Shield have been officially announced for the Nintendo Switch with a worldwide release scheduled for late 2019. You can find the official reveal trailer after the jump.

Taking place in the all new Galar region, Pokémon Sword and Shield will offer three starters to choose from with the standard fire, grass and water archetypes for Scorbunny, Grookey and Sobble respectively for trainers to adventure with on their path to become the next champions.

Earlier: It's only been two weeks since the last Nintendo Direct aired where we learned more about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Spring patch and Joker release window, but we've got another one starting very shortly.

A short Pokémon-themed Direct stream is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. PST / 9 a.m. EST and last for an estimated seven minutes of new content.

The eighth generation of mainline Pokémon titles are expected to be officially unveiled for the Nintendo Switch, as they're scheduled to release during the latter half of 2019 being the first generation to appear on a home console.

It's unlikely we'll see new fighting game-related announcements due to the short run time of the stream, but since we're talking about Nintendo, Pokkén news may be found within.

Today also fittingly marks the 23rd anniversary since the original Red and Blue / Green Pokémon released on GameBoy which would set the world on fire and keep the franchise running strong across almost every Nintendo system since.

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Nine titles for EVO 2019 revealed, here's the official lineup

Update: All nine titles for this year's EVO have been revealed and you can see them below.

Earlier: If this is anything like years previous, we'll have EVO tournament organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar presenting this information along with Mark "MarkMan" Julio over the course of an hour or so via live stream. At this point we do not know exactly how many games we'll be seeing, but recent editions of the massive fighting game event have seen eight or nine titles total.

We've rounded up our predictions for this evening, complete with explanations for some of our less certain speculations, and you can additionally see what many of our readers think will happen in the comments of that article.

Beyond game reveals, this stream has seen special content announcements before as well. Eliza was revealed for Tekken 7 during this same stream in 2017, and both Yang Xiao Long and Blake Belladonna were announced as free DLC for BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle last year.

Cuellar and Julio articulated a few notes about the event that are worth mentioning here. Attendees will be given free water this year, and prices on bottled water will be lower than previous years. Only four games will be played on Sunday so as to avoid running until midnight or later.

You can sign up for the event after 7:30 p.m. PT over at the registration page. Early bird registration is $50, but will go all the way up to $90 come mid-June.

You'll find an embed for the EVO stream below the jump so you can watch right along with us and see which games will make the big stage this year. Here's a graphic showing the logos for all nine titles included:

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Soul Calibur 6? Smash Melee? Dead or Alive 6? Which fighting games will make the EVO 2019 lineup and which will fail to make the cut?

Come this Tuesday at 6 p.m. PT, the majority of the fighting game community will be glued to their screens as we watch the much anticipated EVO 2019 lineup reveal.

Our particular gaming genre has seen something of a boom in recent times, and the result is a collection of quality fighting games with plenty of widespread audience appeal.

While it's a nice problem to have, whittling down a lineup of just eight titles (that number is not official, but was the total at EVO 2018) may not prove to be as easy as it used to be in years past.

This leads us to speculate which games will wind up making the cut and which will have to settle for side events, or perhaps forgo an EVO presence altogether. Will there be two Super Smash Bros. games? Does Dead or Alive 6 stand a chance? How many anime titles will there be?

There are a few games that I see as locks that don't need much argument: Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat 11 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. That already potentially takes up half of the available slots, and there are at least three other titles that I can see easily joining those four.

Let's take a look at these probables and see where things stand as we try to get an idea of what EVO 2019 might look like. First off, however, here's a quick reminder of what last year's EVO entailed:

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Will Smith's Aladdin Genie meets Street Fighter, Videl hangs with Bob Ross, and more: Hilarious fighting game art pieces and memes from DemonDan14

Spending a lot of time each week on fighting game community Twitter, I often come across funny videos, images, and memes related to our favorite fighting titles. One artist that pops up quite often is DemonDan14, and more often than not Dan's humorous pics grab my attention with a double-take.

If you're unfamiliar with Dan, this graphic designer / Street Fighter 5 Alex aficionado is known most for the highlight videos he makes featuring the fan favorite Third Strike brawler. These reels usually incorporate impressive Alex plays accompanied by cheesy / awesome Classic Rock for maximum hype.

While the Alex compilations are certainly awesome, today we're focusing on the hilarious art pieces and memes we've seen Dan produce in recent times.

Included here are some of our favorites as of late, such as Will Smith's real-life Aladdin Genie with a Street Fighter 4 Oni twist, Mortal Kombat 11's Baraka eating toast instead of brains, Alex shaking hands with Yugi Moto from Yu-Gi-Oh! and more.

I would be remiss if I also didn't point out the fantastic piece that sees RISE|Smug behind the G mask. That's just too good.

Check out some of the ridiculous memes below, and be sure to check out DemonDan14's Twitter for more awesome content.

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Why do we find it so cool to hate on Street Fighter 5? Plus EVO's 'core values' incident, Bayonetta X Mortal Kombat and more

There have been no shortage of intriguing topics in fighting game news this week, and we're rip roaring down the list in our latest episode of the EventHubs Podcast.

Our main topic deals with the seemingly odd, but ever so common stance of hate toward Street Fighter 5 from players who continue to play it on the regular.

We'd be remiss if we didn't bring up Team Ninja's presentation at EVO Japan this last weekend, which was cut short after a good 20 minutes or so of Dead or Alive 6 showcasing with a rather lewd approach.

Mr. Wizard's follow up on social media was met with laughter by the community, and we're pretty sure we won't be seeing DOA6 at EVO this year.

That brings us to the upcoming EVO 2019 line up reveal that will be taking place next Tuesday. With as many fighting game titles as are on the market right now, it might be harder than ever to pick just seven or eight for the main stage.

We talk about which games are likely in and out and why, and also get to commentary on SF5 characters used at EVO Japan, the prospect of Bayonetta in Mortal Kombat 11 and more.

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An outpouring of respect, love and emotions: The Super Smash Bros and fighting game communities react to Reggie Fils-Aime's retirement from Nintendo

Reggie Fils-Aime has served as the Western face of Nintendo for well over a decade, and through a handful of console generations, as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Nintendo of America. He'd appear during the company's E3 presentations and Directs with a certain charisma around him along with some awkward jokes, and we also got to know him through his direct outreach to the gaming communities.

Earlier today, Fils-Aime announced that he will be retiring from his position at Nintendo in April after 15 years on the job and will fittingly be replaced by his mentee, Doug Bowser.

The news surprised the gaming sphere as a whole, and now players, tournament organizers and even hardware manufacturers are coming out to express their gratitude and personal memories with Reggie.

Nintendo hasn't always had the best relationship with the competitive Super Smash Bros. scene, especially after attempting to shut down Melee's stream at EVO 2013, but they have made strives to rebuild those bridges with many Smash greats coming out in support of Fils-Aime including Tempo|ZeRo, TSM|Leffen, NRG|Nairo and PG|ESAM.

Liquid|Hungrybox also came out to thank Reggie and said he'll take the president up on his offer by applying to Nintendo of America the day he retires from professional gaming.

Bear offered up a more humorous take on Reggie's departure joking that he's leaving to practice Smash Ultimate to 'kick everyone's asses' as he promised after the Smash 4 invitational. Below you can check out everyone's emotional reactions and thank you's to Fils-Aime from the community including LU|Alex Valle, MarkMan, D1, Hit Box, Rise|MenaRD, and EventHubs' own DreamKing.

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Reggie Fils-Aime retiring as Nintendo of America's president, Doug Bowser named as replacement

It has been announced that Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's president and chief operating officer, is retiring. His last day will be April 15, 2019.

For 15 years, Fils-Aime worked for Nintendo. In just two years, he became Nintendo of America's president and COO for the remaining 13 years.

"Nintendo owns a part of my heart forever,” Fils-Aime said. "It's a part that is filled with gratitude — for the incredibly talented people I’ve worked with, for the opportunity to represent such a wonderful brand, and most of all, to feel like a member of the world’s most positive and enduring gamer community. As I look forward to departing in both good health and good humor, this is not 'game over' for me, but instead 'leveling up' to more time with my wife, family and friends."

In his place, Doug Bowser has been named as his replacement. Until April, Doug Bowser is Nintendo of America's Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Bowser has been working under and mentored by Fils-Aime for four years now. In his statement, he is confident in being able to continue his teacher's work.

"It has been my great fortune to work with and be mentored by Reggie for four years at Nintendo of America," said Bowser in the press release. "And rest assured, we will continue to build on his work to evolve and expand our brand, furthering Nintendo’s global mission of creating smiles. There are millions more of those to come."

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Battle Royales are the biggest trend in gaming right now with Apex Legends and Tetris 99, so what could fighting games do to get in on the action?

Taking a look at Twitch's front page right now, Apex Legends and Fortnite: Battle Royale are consistently the most popular games on the platform with hundreds of thousands of viewers watching a myriad of players trying to take out everyone on a map to prove they can adapt and perform.

To find fighting games on the streaming service, however, you usually need to scroll quite a ways down the list unless there's a big tournament or event going down even with our community's most popular content creators.

Two games have come out in recent weeks that have shaken up the battle royale landscape with the aforementioned Apex Legends seemingly dethroning Fortnite at least temporarily along with Tetris 99 — which some can argue isn't technically a battle royale game despite its presentation, goals, and meta.

Tetris 99 — which was developed by Fighting EX Layer's Arika funnily enough — has proven that the battle royale formula of dropping a bunch of strangers into one map / match and duke it out until only one player or team is left standing can apply to genres beyond shooters... so why haven't fighting games dipped their toes into these waters?

We already hold tournaments to prove who is the best player in the room or in an online lobby, and fighting games are already about adaptability and coming up with better strategies / having better execution than your opponent so what is holding them back right now from experimenting here?

I'm not saying that developers necessarily need to or should branch out into battle royales to chase the next big thing though experimentation in the field could produce some interesting results. Let's dive into some of the genre incompatibilities fighting games seem to have compared to games like Playerunkown's Battlegrounds, and what developers could to meld the fields in unique and fun ways.

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Ronda Rousey entered WWE Elimination Chamber match as Mortal Kombat 11's Sonya Blade

UFC champion turned WWE superstar Ronda Rousey is the voice of Sonya Blade in upcoming NetherRealm Studios fighting title, Mortal Kombat 11. At the WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view event this past weekend, Rousey paid a little tribute to the classic Mortal Kombat fighter by entering the ring dressed as Sonya.

Currently the RAW Women's Champion, Ronda took to the ring last night to defend her title against Ruby Riott. When she first appeared, fans quickly noticed that she had ditched her leather jacket for an outfit that more closely resembles Sonya's Mortal Kombat 11 model.

Decked out in a tactical vest and military-style hat, Ronda hit the walkway with her Women's Championship belt slung across her shoulder. The official WWE Twitter account shared a screenshot of Ronda as Sonya, which you can see in the gallery below.

In Sonya's official trailer, Ronda Rousey spoke about her role voicing the character. She noted that Sonya was the first "kickass girl" she looked up to and tried to emulate growing up.

Now Ronda gets the opportunity not only to voice Sonya in Mortal Kombat 11, but bring the character further to life in the ring.

For those wondering, Ronda Rousey won her RAW Women's Championship match by way of Armbar submission, retaining her belt. You can check out a quick clip of the match after the jump.

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Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono currently in hospital for polyp removal surgery

Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono in currently in the hospital. Early this morning, Ono sent out a tweet letting the community know that he will be undergoing surgery to remove a polyp.

According to the tweet, Ono will be away from work for the next two days. He apologizes for any inconvenience this might cause.

"I have an operation to remove a polyp," Ono's tweet starts. "I'm a little anxious about it. I’ll take two days work leave, [and will be] back to office in day after tomorrow to connect to my work. I’ll be not able to take communication until a day after tomorrow. I apologize for the inconvenience this may cause."

A polyp is a small, abnormal growth that is found most often in the colon and large intestine (according to WebMD). These growths can also appear in the ear canal, the sinuses, and in other areas, and are usually noncancerous.

Considering the timing of Ono's tweet and operation, this is likely the reason he was unable to attend EVO Japan 2019 this past weekend. Ono did not say so specifically, but it seems likely that the "various circumstances" he referred to in his initial tweet about his EVO Japan absence was alluding to the surgery.

Several prominent fighting game community members and fans everywhere jumped into the comments of Ono's tweet today to share their well wishes. We here at EventHubs send our best to Ono-san and hope he'll see a speedy recovery.

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Photo credit — Ono on Twitter. Thanks to SnakeX and Bushinryu025 for sending this in.