Has Injustice 2 gone gold on Mortal Kombat 9's six year anniversary? Ed Boon's new Twitter icon and banner leads us to believe as much

Let's recall back to a time before Mortal Kombat X was released. Specifically, a month before its official release date.

Remember when Ed Boon changed his Twitter icon to be the icon of Mortal Kombat X, but gold? This was likely to signify that the game went gold during this time.

Well, looks like Ed Boon has done this again. His Twitter icon and banner seems to indicate that Injustice 2 has now gone gold, coincidentally on the six year anniversary of Mortal Kombat 9's release.


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Injustice 2 will be released on May 16, 2017. That's less than a month away at this point so the timing makes perfect sense.

With nine DLC characters on the way, NeatherRealm Studios is likely now working on DLC.

Ed Boon's Twitter. Sent in by: SqueakyBloom and Salarian.

After losing the match, Johnny Cage... performs a stage fatality on the winner? D-NO shows us yet another odd fighting game glitch

It is almost tradition in the Mortal Kombat series for the winner of the match to perform a fatality upon the loser. D-NO has showcased an odd situation in which the loser performs a fatality upon the winner.

After Johnny Cage's health is completely diminished by Reptile, we see the "Finish Him" text come up on the screen. Reptile then throws Johnny Cage but then receives an uppercut into the acid bath of the Dead Pool stage.

Despite Reptiles skeleton floating in the acid bath, Reptile is still credited as the winner of the match.


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Afterwards, D-NO provides an explanation as to why this happens.

Source: D-NO's Twitter.

West Coast Warzone 6 results feat. Punk, Snake Eyez, Justin Wong, NYChrisG, Marn

Updated with final results from West Coast Warzone 6: This story has being updated with the final results for this Capcom Pro Tour ranking event.

West Coast Warzone 6 kicks off this weekend in Orange, California. This is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event.

Notable players in attendance include: FOX|Justin Wong, RB|Snake Eyez, WFX|801 Strider, EG|NYChrisG, RISE|Marn, Circa|LPN, DNL|Chris Tatarian, LU|Alex Valle, Gootecks, Mike Ross, Filipinoman, SL|BurnoutFighter, WFX|XSK Samurai, BJ Unchained, Stupendous, RN|Alex Myers, GS|Gllty, Kelvin Jeon and Marq Teddy.

You can find the live streams below, along with a schedule for Friday and Saturday.

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North West Majors 9 live streams and schedule

Northwest Majors 9 is taking place this weekend in Kent, Washington.

There were be several streams available, along with a lot of tournaments games being played.

You can find those streams below, along with a schedule.

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Final Round 20 results ft NuckleDu, Tokido, SonicFox, Fuudo, Saint

Update: This story has been updated with final results. You can scope out our highlights for the final day of SF5 here.

Final Round 20 is upon us, and there's going to be absolute top-level action in multiple games, though the main story is of course the start of 2017's Capcom Pro Tour, for which Final Round is the first event, and a premier no less.

Games being played at the event besides Street Fighter 5 are Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, Mortal Kombat XL, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Pokkén Tournament, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14, Capcom vs. SNK 2 and For Honor.

A huge number of top contenders are attending the event. Some of the big names you can expect to see include Liquid|NuckleDu, FOX|Tokido, FOX|SonicFox, GRPT|Fuudo, FOX|Saint, MJS|Haitani, FOX|Momochi, GGP|Kazunoko, BST|Daigo, FOX|JDCR, RZR|Xian, FOX|Scar, GRPT|MOV, FOX|Justin Wong, Circa|Anakin, EG|NYChrisG, CO|Go1, EG|Ricki Ortiz, BX3|Phenom, Noble|Dragon, SPY|Filipino Champ, EG|K-Brad, PG|Hayatei, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, HZRD|SpeedKicks, ITS|Princess Ling, Noble|iLuusions, Wolfkrone, Kkokkoma, PIE|Smug, ZW|OilKing, Circa|LPN, CO|Tanukana, 3|Alucard, RN|Alex Myers, DNL|Chris Tatarian, BxA|KoDee, MOUZ|Problem X, Flash, PR Balrog, MVG|Scatt, ITS|Lil Majin, Brenttiscool, Day, PG|RayRay, TS|Arturo Sanchez, LI Joe, CYG|Snake Eyez, FOX|ChocoBlanka, FS|Fatality, WFX|XSK Samurai, BJ Unchained and GS|Gllty.

Streaming is being handled by Capcom Fighters, Tekken, Bifuteki, Typo House Games, Funky P and Kombat Network.

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Mortal Kombat X gate keeper SonicFox sent home 3rd at Final Round, Dragon takes tournament with beautiful last second maneuver

With a new NetherRealm Studios game on the horizon and no slated appearance for EVO 2017, Final Round 20 may be one of the last big majors for Mortal Kombat X. As such, many players are vying to get a major victory while they still can.

Unfortunately for everyone else in the MKX community, FOX|SonicFox has been gate keeping tournaments since the game began, winning the majority of big name tournaments for the MKX's entire lifespan. A somewhat poetic finish to today's tournament saw the young champ go home in third place thanks to the work of Noble|Dragon and teammate FOX|Scar.

Dragon would send SonicFox to the losers bracket after a close 3-2 set in winners finals, and Scar would then send the favorite to win home with brutal sequences like these:


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As exciting as it was to see Scar take out Sonic, he's still one of the few MKX players to have won a major, and many fans and community members have noted that Dragon has had a win coming for the last two years. Today would finally be his day.

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2017's Capcom Pro Tour season finally starts tomorrow with a big bang - Final Round is going to have a ton of amazing players, get a rundown here

It's been three months since Capcom Cup, and now it's finally time for the Pro Tour circuit to start up again. With a new set of rules, more characters and some big changes to the game's balance, all bets are off on what we're going to see.

Of course, Street Fighter 5 isn't the only game being played at the event. You can expect some top-level hype in several other games as well, including Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, in which Echo Fox's newly picked up Korean champions show up to battle it out against North America's finest.

Continue below for an in-depth rundown of what you can expect from Final Round 20 this weekend.

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Naptown City Clutch VI results ft. ChrisG, KaneBlueRiver, RayRay, Yipes, Romance

Update: This story has been updated with finalresults.

Indianapolis, Indiana is going to be filled with fighting game goodness this weekend, as Naptown City Clutch VI is taking place there.

Games set to be played are Street Fighter 5, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, King of Fighters 14, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Super Smash Bros. 64, Mortal Kombat XL, Killer Instinct and BlazBlue: Central Fiction.

Players attending include EG|NYChrisG, KaneBlueRiver, PG|RayRay, IFC Yipes, Romance, TS|Arturo Sanchez, GS|Gllty, BxA|Squall, JoeyD, DualKevin and many more.

Streaming will be handled by Team Spooky, Push Block Gaming and PBLK Gaming.

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Cannes Winter Clash 2017 results ft. Luffy, Mister Crimson, FAB, John Takeuchi, Packz

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Cannes Winter Clash is back this weekend, and it's going to feature a bunch of games and players.

There will be tournaments taking place for Street Fighter 5, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, King of Fighters 14, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Mortal Kombat XL.

Players attending include, but are not limited to, MD|Luffy, MD|Mister Crimson, FAB, John Takeuchi, Packz, DA|ImStillDaDaddy, Will2Pac, Cuongster and Frionel.

Streaming is being handled by GameLine, JVTV, GameLine 2 and GameLine 4.

Hit the jump for the full action.

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How the Street Fighter series dizzy state inspired fatalities for the Mortal Kombat series

Co-creator of the Mortal Kombat series, Ed Boon, recently sat down with IGN to talk about what inspired the fatalities for the Mortal Kombat system. Interestingly enough, it was actually the Street Fighter series that initially inspired this gory finishers.

In particular, Ed Boon mentions that it was the dizzy state in Street Fighter where the idea came from. Ed Boon noted that getting dizzied and giving your opponent an additional free attack afterwards only "felt good" for one of the players.

It was decided that the dizzied state for Mortal Kombat would be moved to the end of the match rather than something that occurred in the middle of the match. That way, both players could enjoy what happened from there.

This is when it was decided that the player should be able to finish his/her opponent with some special attack. Thus the concept of the fatality was born.

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Would a Mortal Kombat-Street Fighter crossover be a match made in heaven, or fall on its face? Yahoo eSports weighs the good, bad and potentially ugly

We've had numerous different fighting game universes meld together over the years, but two of the most recognizable titans of the industry, Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, have yet to team up.

In a recent talk with IGN, MK creator Ed Boon was asked how he'd respond if Capcom approached him for such a venture. Boon initially replied with, "I'd have to entertain it... I'd have to..." which makes sense considering such a crossover could be the biggest in fighting game history.

While it's not necessarily all that likely at this point in time, especially with both Capcom and NetherRealm Studios working hard on other projects at the moment, both franchises have shown they're able to bring complimentary strengths to the table.

Yahoo eSports' Michael Martin explores the potential good and bad of such an idea in the latest "I Got Next" video. Give it a watch and let us know if it sways you in one direction or the other.

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'There's no way a Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter crossover would satisfy everybody' - Despite hurdles, Ed Boon says he's still open to the idea

In the latest installment of IGN Unfiltered -- the site's monthly interview show -- Creative Director at NetherRealm Studios Ed Boon stopped by to talk shop.

Over the years, it seems as though there is always one question that Boon just can't seem to avoid: will we ever see a Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter crossover? In this interview, we learned that the MK co-creator is still open to the idea.

"There's part of me that would be like, 'that would be such a cool dream,'" Boon started. "And then there's another part of me that goes, 'there is no way that would satisfy everybody.'"

Boon goes on to explain that even if the game were rated M, it would be difficult to find the perfect balance between the two franchises' styles. Despite this, he would still entertain the idea if Capcom approached him.

You can check out the full segment after the jump.

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Winter Brawl 11 results ft. SonicFox, ChrisG, RayRay, Scar, Punk

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Winter Brawl 11 is taking place this weekend in Essington, Pennsylvania, and there's a lot of action to be seen.

You can expect to see high level play in Street Fighter 5, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Pokkén Tournament, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Mortal Kombat XL, King of Fighters 14, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Soul Calibur 5, Killer Instinct and more.

Players attending include FOX|SonicFox, EG|NYChrisG, PG|RayRay, FOX|Scar, ANBU|Punk, PIE|Smug, UA|Bass, Dieminion, IMT|ANTi, PG|Coach Steve, D-Link|LordKnight, MrKwiggle, DF|PinkDiamond, LI Joe, NS|Ludovic, Unkn0wn, TA|Moons, GG|SherryJenix and many more.

Streaming is being handled by Bifuteki, Funky P, KPB Live, Kombat Network and BlazeU25_.

Check out the full action below.

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Mortal Kombat 9 brought the series back to prominence after Midway's dissolution, and had some gorgeous concept and game art to boot

After Midway Games shut down in 2009, the future of Mortal Kombat seemed uncertain. Thankfully, the core developers of the Mortal Kombat series formed NetherRealm Studios under Warner Bros. game division, and their first title they made was Mortal Kombat 9 back in 2011, though the game's official title was simply "Mortal Kombat".

The game was basically a retelling of the first three games in the series, and went out of its way to please fans with loads of nostalgia, a big cast of exciting characters and a very robust story mode that other fighting game developers have been trying their best to emulate ever since.

Headed up by art director Jean-François Ferland, you can see a taste of what Mortal Kombat 9's art had to offer here.

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You can find the rest of Mortal Kombat 9's fantastic art below.

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The five worst Mortal Kombat games according to History Behind the Warrior

Mortal Kombat has a legacy not only in the FGC, but in the gaming world as a whole. This franchise has been exciting players and terrifying parents for nearly a quarter century now, but with as many unique titles as are in the MK universe you know there's likely at least a dud or two.

History Behind the Warrior has rounded up their top five worst Mortal Kombat games, and although not all of these are deemed unplayable, they do fall on the lower end of the fun to play spectrum.

All titles in HBTW's video get a decently in-depth explanation as to why they failed to the hit the mark in one way or another. Give it a watch and then let us know if you agree or disagree, and how you'd go about ordering your most and least favorite MK titles.

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