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Northern Fights results feat. NuckleDu, Wolfkrone, Filipino Champ, Vagabond

Updated with final results: We've added the results from Northern Fights into this story. You can find them all below.

World Gaming is hosting the Northern Fights tournament this afternoon from Toronto, Canada. This is the National Finals portion of this competition.

Street Fighter 5 and Mortal Kombat XL are scheduled for competition today.

Some of the notable players who are competing in SF5 include Liquid|NuckleDu, Wolfkrone, SPY|Filipino Champ, Noble|Vagabond, Kyle P and others.

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Ono - When I saw Mortal Kombat 2011's story, I thought Capcom should really take advantage of mimicking this and incorporate it into its games as well

The Mortal Kombat series has been around since the early 1990's, but was somewhat reinvented in 2011 when series co-creator Ed Boon took the helm under a brand new development company in NetherRealm Studios.

While the franchise has been known to explore bold single and multiplayer options via outside of the traditional fighting landscape, (there was a go-kart racing mode in Mortal Kombat Armageddon) Mortal Kombat 2011's story mode would become an instant genre standard.

It was almost like watching a movie that you'd interact with at times, and NRS would carry and build on this approach in the subsequent Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013), Mortal Kombat X (2015) and Injustice 2 (2017).

Fans weren't the only ones to appreciate the story experience of NRS fighters, as Capcom's Yoshinori Ono, Executive Producer for both Street Fighter 4 and 5, recently told IGN that MK 2011 had a direct influence on the most recent Street Fighter.

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Sub-Zero takes on Glacius in fight to the finish in ScrewAttack's latest Death Battle

How has Sub-Zero not been in a Death Battle yet?

That glaring problem is fixed in ScrewAttack!'s latest fight to the finish as Mortal Kombat's Sub-Zero and Killer Instinct's Glacius duke it out.

A member of an ancient ninja clan with the power to manipulate ice versus an alien cop that was forced to encase himself in a glacial shell to survive his crash landing on Earth, these two actually share quite a few similar ice-driven powers.

Wiz and Boomstick break down the strengths, techniques and weaknesses of both fighters to determine who would have the edge.

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Combo Breaker 2017 results feat. NuckleDu, Kazunoko, Momochi, Mago, Smug, Snake Eyez

Updating with final results: We've added a plethora of Combo Breaker 2017 results into this story, you can find them all below.

Combo Breaker 2017 is a Capcom Pro Tour premier event taking place this weekend in St. Charles, Illinois. This is an absolutely stacked competition, and is bringing in competitors from multiple countries around the globe.

Notable Street Fighter 5 players scheduled to compete include Liquid|NuckleDu, GGP|Kazunoko, FOX|Momochi, Zowie|GamerBee, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, Scarz|Sako, FOX|Justin Wong, Mago, Poongko, Smug, EG|NYChrisG, Rise|Marn, Mouz|Problem X, CO|Go1, GFuel|Verloren, EG|K-Brad, YouDeal|Yukadon, Circa|LPN, SPY|Filipino Champ, RB|Snake Eyez, Talon|Xiaobao, CO|Dogura, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Mouz|CCL, 801 Strider, F3|Alucard, Noble|Vagabond, Flash, Stupendous, WBG|CJ Truth, XSK Samurai, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, NS|Ludovic, Commander Jesse, among others.

Not only with the SF5 competition be hot, but Injustice 2 and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 is sure to be lit as well, and fans of other titles will have quite a bit to chose from in terms of what to watch.

You can find the live streams and scheduling information below.

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Does a Mortal Kombat Reboot that was 'like a Hard-R Avengers' with violence sound interesting? That was the original intent according to Oren Uziel

Recently, Collider had an exclusive interview with Oren Uziel, the original screenwriter for the Mortal Kombat Reboot movie that's been in years of development.

While he is unsure of how much of his original script remains for the story, he was going to "[take] The Avengers, or a storyline like that and set it in a sort of hard-R, over-the-top violence and hard-edged world of Mortal Kombat." The tone was intended to be "still fun but very dark."

Even though we did have two previous Mortal Kombat movies, the word "cheesy" definitely comes to mind whenever you think of these two movies. A more serious and intense version of the events would be a unique take.

Hit the jump below to see the "Mortal Kombat: Rebirth" short that was written by Oren Uziel back in 2010 to get an idea of what the Mortal Kombat Reboot could be or could've been like.

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Texas Showdown 2017 results feat. ChrisG, Justin Wong, Smug, Snake Eyez, Marn

Updated with final results: The results for Texas Showdown 2017 have been added into this story. Check them out below.

Texas Showdown 2017 is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event taking place this weekend in Houston, Texas.

Notable players in attendance include FOX|Justin Wong, RB|Snake Eyez, Rise|Marn, EG|NYChrisG, EG|K-Brad, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, F3|Alucard, Flash, NS|Ludovic, Hsien Chang, LU|Alex Valle, GS|Gllty, DL|Four Wude, Shin, Magneto1080p, Rylander, BT|IFC Yipes and Jan, among others.

This is a three day event, which kicks off today, so there will be a lot of action for fans at home to check out.

You can find the schedule and live streams below.

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Pop Culture Shock is at the top of their game with these quality collectible statues

Pop Culture Shock has some top tier statues either out, available for pre-order or on the horizon, and we feel we wouldn't be doing our FGC duty if we didn't spread the word.

We were absolutley blown away by the new Chun-Li figure they've shown, and were also wowed by Shadaloo Cammy, M. Bison and Goro. We nabbed a few shots of each of these, which you can see in the gallery below, but there are plenty more over on their home page.

Give these a look over and share your reactions in the comments.

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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.

Check out the full action below.

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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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Beautiful Darkstalkers drawings, Street Fighter 4 characters in new alternate costumes... Jiggeh explores older FGC chapters with extraordinary art

We're featuring the impressive talents of Swedish artist Jiggeh once again as we take a look at his take on Darkstalkers fighters as well as a handful of Street Fighters.

The SF characters sport Jiggeh's special "Hyper Brawlers" alternate costume pack, and all hail from Street Fighter 4 specifically. We also grabbed a few other pieces from Jiggeh's portfolio, and you can see all of it in the gallery below. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 comes out on top in the Make-A-Wish Foundation EVO 2017 charity drive, awaiting final word from EVO staff

The Make-A-Wish Foundation EVO 2017 charity drive to determine the player's choice game has concluded. At this time, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has raised the most money totaling

It was a very close race that came down to the wire. Pokken Tournament and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 were neck-and-neck throughout the entirety of the donation drive, and the end result was a close one.

At this time, we are waiting on confirmation from the EVO staff whether or not UMvC3 will secure the 9th spot on the event's line up. Though the game raised the most money, all of the numbers will likely have to be tallied and potential false donations may need to be weeded out.

To see how much money each game raised, be sure to hit the jump.

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If they're in a fighting game, Jiggeh will draw them; check out this selection from a talented artist with a passion for fighters

Today we're highlighting the work of Swedish artist Josef "Jiggeh" Axner and his beautiful renderings of figures from across the fighting game universe.

Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom, King of Fighters, Mortal Kombat and Smash made it into today's gallery, but there's plenty more in Jiggeh's portfolio.

Give this work a look through, and let us know if you'd like to see more like it in the future.

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