Mortal Kombat stories

Kumite in Tennessee 2018 results ft. SonicFox, Dragon, Punk, MenaRD, Cloud805

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Kumite in Tennessee 2018 is taking place this weekend in... Well, Tennessee.

This event will as always be host to a bunch of different fighting games.

The games set to be played at the event are Injustice 2, Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Super Smash Bros. 4, Killer Instinct, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Project M, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat XL, King of Fighters 14, BlazBlue: Central Fiction and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

There will also be special Ultra Fight Night Exhibition sets between FORT|Cloud805 and FOX|SonicFox in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, PG|Punk and Rise|MenaRD in Street Fighter 5 and Noble|Semiij and Circa|ForeverKing in Injustice 2.

As for players attending the event, besides the six listed above, you can expect to see ALG|Dragon, RNG|WhiteBoi, Rise|Smug, BC|HoneyBee, Circa|Wolfkrone, FOX|Scar, Mischief|NotEnoughDamage, BxA|StarCharger, PG|Coach Steve, BxA|Squall, Grr and many more.

Streaming is being done at PandaxGaming, NYCFurby, Typo House Games, Funky P, SixFortyFive and Music City Smash.

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Remember that demonic announcer voice from Mortal Kombat 2? Here's the guy behind it

I'd often joke with friends that if I ever met the "Halo announcer guy," instead of asking for an autograph, I'd simply request that he yell out "double kill," and then I'd leave.

Going back even further than Halo, we get to meet Steve Ritchie, the pipes behind Mortal Kombat 2's iconic announcer voice.

In a recent video from Great Big Story, Ritchie reveals how he was approached by a Mortal Kombat 2 developer (he worked in the same building as the MK2 dev team) to do vocals for the game.

While you might expect the demonic voice to belong to someone that looks more like Shao Khan, (Ritchie performed all of the ultimate MK boss' lines as well) it all actually comes from a much less threatening pinball machine creator.

Ritchie isn't just your average pinball machine maker either, he's created more than anyone else in this history of the game. Voicing bits for his own machines, Ritchie developed and perfected that dark register most of us would recognize on the spot.

Though there was a little bit of post production magic sprinkled in to augment the performance, hearing Ritchie do his iconic MK2 voice instantly takes us back 25 years to 1993.

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So Saturday Night Live did a skit on eSports last night; nods to Sonic Fox, Mortal Kombat and other fighting game notables

While there was no shortage of routine political jabs and comical commentary on the seemingly dime a dozen Hollywood sex scandals that have been popping up as of late, last night's episode of Saturday Night Live also featured an eSports skit.

Not only did it venture into competitive gaming territory for a full five minutes, writers chose to focus specifically on fighting games as we saw the world championship finals of "Death Fight 12," an obvious spoof of Mortal Kombat XL.

The premise sees player Pwn Donkey take on Sonic Goon, likely a nod to Dominique "FOX|SonicFox" Mclean, in the quarter finals of their eSports event mirroring TBS' Eleague.

The central joke seemed to be aimed more at general than fighting game-centric audiences, which makes sense given the show's fan base, as Pwn Donkey wrestles with choosing a character to use.

We'll let you be the judge as to whether or not this was laugh-worthy, but seeing the reach of eSports make it to a main stream entity like SNL is an encouraging marker of growth in the public eye.

Check out the skit in the video below and let us know your reactions to both the comedy and the basic fact that SNL chose to do this skit in the comments section.

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Ninja Turtles in Injustice 2 is a sign that NetherRealm Studios are going to keep upping the ante with their announcements

The announcement of the Ninja Turtles for Injustice 2 was one that took everybody by surprise. There were no hints that we were going to see this occur.

I think it's fair to say that we all expecting some sort of guest character. Somebody like Spawn would've been interesting, but he wouldn't have been as much of a surprise as seeing all four of the Ninja Turtles as a single fighter.

When I saw the trailer, my mind was completely blown. I had to rewatch it a few times simply because what I saw just seemed so unbelievable.

That's not to say that the Ninja Turtles didn't fit in with the rest of the Injustice 2 cast -- we've already seen the Ninja Turtles interact with Batman in a comic before. Still, this just came completely out of left field for me.

Everybody has been talking about the possibility of Spawn or a Watchmen character joining the roster. Again, they easily could've fit in. Fans would've been happy to see one of these as a possibility, but it was too expected.

Just when we think that we've seen everything, NetherRealm Studios just keeps upping the ante with their surprises. This has been going on since Mortal Kombat 9...

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Five unsettling Mortal Kombat fatalities that still give me goosebumps

Today is a day devoted to the spooky, devoted to the frightening and gruesome. It's Halloween, folks!

If you celebrate, your day will likely involve candy, decorations, and scary movies. As a fan of the Horror genre, I thought it might be fun to honor the spirit of Halloween in our own EventHubs way.

Today, we're going to look at five fatalities from the Mortal Kombat series that still freak me out.

Now, it should be known that I am accustomed to the blood and gore found in your typical Horror movie. Hell, the Horror monster half sleeve on my left arm is the perfect representation of my fandom.

So, for the most part, Mortal Kombat fatalities don't bother me. However, there are some that make me feel... uneasy.

That's the charm of these finishing moves; they're gory, brutal, and sometimes they just make you want to look away.

If you consider yourself squeamish, now's the time to back out...

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Mortal Kombat themed dance from Kyrgyzstani crew is insane, but it's not for the weak of stomach

I'd go out for karaoke over dancing any night, and I have yet to see any of the Step Up films, but even a rhythm-less scrub like me can't help but acknowledge the sheer talent and athleticism that radiates from Kyrgyzstani dance crew ADEM.

This four piece group wowed judges and audiences alike on a recent episode of Asia's Got Talent, where their performance was met with a standing ovation and the much-coveted honor of the Golden Buzzer.

I have to admit I did not understand why they chose to dress as Mortal Kombat's Raiden, Scorpion, Smoke and Sub-Zero at first, but the latter portion of their routine connects the dots (as well as separates shoulders.)

If you get squeamish watching games like Mortal Kombat XL, specifically the bone-crunching X-Ray moves, then prepare yourself for some gnarly contortion moves (still watch though, because this is well worth it).

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Having a bad Friday the 13th? Check out REO's Jason Voorhees in these Mortal Kombat X matches

Today is somewhat of an interesting day. It is Friday the 13th -- a day that superstition tells us is the day in which all bad things can occur.

Whereas Friday is seen as a day of penance in certain religions, 13 is just simply regarded as unlucky by Americans; we can at least count ourselves lucky we don't live in a world where Jason Voorhees actually exists.

If you happen to still be playing Mortal Kombat X then you might be having some difficulties against this particular fighter. This wasn't always the case, however.

When Jason Voorhees was first released, he was considered to be a bottom tier character among all three of his variations. Jason has received a number of buffs since then.

Perhaps the most impactful changes involve moves like Choke Slam, Temple Slam, Bloodlust, Shoulder Charge, and Blood Mist gaining multiple hits of armor (meaning more than just one hit). Up close, he is quite the "horror" to deal with.

As if commemorate the date, REO, a high level NRS player, has uploaded matches where he plays as Jason against Cossner's Triborg (Sektor variation).

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The Fall Classic 2017 results ft. XCalibur Bladez, Mr. Kwiggle, JoeyFury, Speedkicks

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

One of the many big events going on this weekend is The Fall Classic 2017, taking place in North Carolina.

This is a Masters Event for the Tekken World Tour, so you can bet the Tekken beasts will be out in full force. It's also a key event to the Dead or Alive Battle Royale, so we recommend paying attention to the high level of play in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round as well.

Besides that, the event will also feature tournament play in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Street Fighter 5, Injustice 2, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], BlazBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14, Pokkén Tournament DX, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Mortal Kombat XL.

Another notable factoid about this tournament is that several top level 3rd Strike players from Japan have flown out to compete, so you can expect to see some Co-operation Cup tier gameplay coming your way.

There are also potential to increase the pot size of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, as well as get some hype exhibition matches. For more details regarding this, go to this Matcherino page.

Players attending this even include, but are not limited to, XCalibur Bladez, Mr. Kwiggle, ITS|JoeyFury, PG|Speedkicks, Kokujin, RX, ITS|Princess Ling, Circa|JoeyD, Xcel|SperoGin, Issei, Rip, Jimmy J Tran, VS|Pokchop, Chi-Rithy, Yakkun and Noble|Vagabond.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki, Tekken, Funky P, KPB Live and Exodus 3rd.

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Treta 2017 results ft. Brolynho, HKDash, DidimoKOF, Keoma

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Treta 2017 is taking place this weekend in Curitiba, Brazil.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event - in fact, the very last one for the Latin American portion of the Capcom Pro Tour.

With 128 players signed up for the game, you can bet they're all hungry to grab those final points on the leaderboard.

Although Street Fighter 5 is the main part of this event, there will also be tournament play in Super Smash Bros. 4, Injustice 2, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat XL and Killer Instinct.

Players attending include F3|Brolynho, Umbrella|HKDash, AAG|DidimoKOF, Vertex|Keoma, Umbrella|Dark, CursoSFV|Paulow3b, SL|Stunner, SHK|Ludo and many more.

Streaming is being done at TRT Champ, Team Dash PR, Kombat Klub and ETC Chile.

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Manila Cup 2017 results ft. Infiltration, Mago, OilKing, Go1

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

There's going to be some huge action in the Asian part of the Capcom Pro Tour circuit this weekend taking place in Manila, Philippines.

The battle for CPT points is going to be extremely fierce, so make sure to tune in for the highest level of competitive play.

It's not just about Street Fighter 5, of course. The event will also feature tournament play in Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Injustice 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Mortal Kombat XL, King of Fighters 14 and BlazBlue: Central Fiction.

As for players attending, you can expect to see RZR|Infiltration, Mago, ZW|OilKing, CO|Go1, ZW|GamerBee, Gachikun, Moke, Talon|Xiaobao, Scarz|Sako, Talon|Hotdog29, /r/Kappa|Jeondding, GFuel|Verloren, /r/Kappa|310, YBK|Daikokugo, Talon|Denesis, Sandbag and many more.

With many of the very highest placers on the Asian CPT leaderboards not present, this is a prime chance for players to rise in the rankings.

Streaming is being done at Team Spooky and Playbook PH.

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Summer Jam XI results ft. Punk, SonicFox, NuckleDu, Dragon

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

We've got yet another great Big E event in store for us this weekend, with Summer Jam XI taking place in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour Ranking event, as well as a Premier event for the Injustice 2 Pro Series, a Challenger event in the Tekken World Tour and also has points on the line for the Dead or Alive Battle Royale Circuit.

At this event, you can expect to see tournament play in Injustice 2, Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Mortal Kombat XL, Pokkén Tournament, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, King of Fighters 14, Killer Instinct, Soul Calibur 5, ARMS, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo and Vampire Savior.

Players attending include FOX|SonicFox, PG|Punk, Liquid|NuckleDu, Noble|Dragon, CYG|Snake Eyez, UGS|XCaliburBladez, FOX|Justin Wong, Streamme|Anakin, PG|MarlinPie, HoneyBee, FOX|Theo, ITS|JoeyFury, CYG|PR Balrog, VS|KoDee, 801 Strider, Tempo|Alex Myers, VS|Pokchop, Fable|NYCFab, Noble|Semiij, PG|Hayatei, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Circa|ForeverKing, Noble|iLuusions, FOX|Scar, BrianF, Method|MikeandIke, NG|Obscure, OG|Shine, BxA|StarCharger, Method|SylverRye, NS|Ludovic, F3|Alucard and many more.

Streaming is being done at NetherRealm, Bifuteki, Funky P, KPB Live, TSB Blaze, Kombat Network and Atari FGC.

With over 100 participants each in Injustice 2, Street Fighter 5 and Tekken 7, you'd best be ready to see some intense matches coming up.

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Heavy metal and Mortal Kombat are the perfect combo: Smash Hit Combo's 'RPG' music video is brutal and badass

Smash Hit Combo is a Rap-Metal group from France. The members of the band have a passion for video games, and as such, this reflects in their music.

Back in May, they released their official music video for a song called RPG. Earlier today, NetherRealm Studios representative Derek Kirtzic tweeted out the video due to its heavy Mortal Kombat influences.

Throughout the video, we see several characters from the legendary fighting game franchise do battle to the sounds of Smash Hit Combo's killer metal track.

Each fighter is portrayed by a different cosplayer (you can find links to their work in the video's description), and the video goes the extra mile adding some awesome visual effects to their scuffles. We see things like Scorpion using his Hell fire to scorch Sub-Zero.

On that note, there are a couple of Fatalities included her that are NSFW and might bug you if you're not a fan of the gory stuff. At the very least, you should let the song rock in the background while you boot up some Mortal Kombat X.

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Viennality 2017 results ft. SonicFox, Dragon, Whiteboi, TekkenMaster

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Big stakes for Injustice 2 players this weekend in Vienna, Austria, as Viennality 2017 is taking place.

With a pot of $20,000, there's obviously a lot of the line for all the players participating.

Even though Injustice 2 is the main event, other games are also being played in tournament, including Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Mortal Kombat XL, with each of the games having a €500 pot bonus.

A lot of heavy hitters showed up, including FOX|SonicFox, Noble|Dragon, RNG|Whiteboi, NASR|TekkenMaster, FOX|Theo, A Foxy Grampa, Circa|ForeverKing, cR|Biohazard, Rogue|Slayer, RZR|Xian and more.

Streaming is being done at NetherRealm and Viennality.

Injustice 2 has 63 entrants battling it out for the money, so there are a lot of fighters vying for the top spot.

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Defend the North 2017 results feat. Punk, Smug, SonicFox, ChrisG, Dragon

Updated with final results: We've added the results for Defend the North 2017 into this story.

Defend the North 2017 is taking place this weekend in White Plains, New York. This is a wonderful event every single year, attracting strong competition.

Notable players schedule to compete this weekend include PG|Punk, Rise|Smug, FOX|SonicFox, EG|NYChrisG, Noble|Dragon, EG|K-Brad, EG|Ricki Ortiz and Dieminion, among others.

Street Fighter 5 leads the pack in entrants with 146, Injustice 2 had 98, Tekken 7 has 88, and Smash 4 has 72, as of Friday afternoon.

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Here are some top tier cosplays from San Diego Comic Con 2017

San Diego Comic Con has come and gone this year, and thanks to Eddie Flores and mineralblu, we're treated to an array of some great cosplays from all over the pop culture universe.

We've gone ahead and highlighted some of the characters that have been in fighting games, though a lot of these are incredibly inspired.

Thanks to franchises like Mortal Kombat, Injustice and Marvel vs. Capcom, there's plenty of overlap between some of the most iconic comic book characters and fighting games.

After giving these a look over, chime in to the comments to share with us which were your favorites.

Check out these first six images, and then jump to the pair of videos awaiting below.

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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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