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Johnny Cage plays the 'circle game' as an Easter egg in Mortal Kombat 11's menus

If there's one thing that NetherRealm Studios is doing a fantastic job with Mortal Kombat 11, it's giving their characters... well, character. This is most definitely true for Johnny Cage.

You might might be familiar with the "circle game." If you can get someone to look at a circle that's formed with your index finger and thumb, you get to punch them — for free. Of course, you're not allowed to simply move your hand in front of someone's face in order to do this.

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Jack of all trades, master of none — Cassie Cage character breakdown for Mortal Kombat 11

The Kombat Kast today featured new gameplay details for Kano and Cassie Cage. We've got a breakdown of the information regarding Cassie Cage — don't worry about Kano as we'll circle back for him later.

As stated during the stream, Cassie Cage is what you might call a "jack of all trades, master of none" type of fighter. She's fairly well-rounded in most areas but won't excel particularly well in any singular attribute when compared to the rest of the cast.

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Cassie Cage kicks Kano's crotch so hard he loses his skeleton in new Mortal Kombat 11 gameplay trailer

During today's Kombat Kast, NetherRealm Studios debuted yet another Mortal Kombat 11 trailer. This showcase focused on Kano and Cassie Cage, differing from the Story Mode trailer we saw this morning.

Cassie Cage saw her official reveal earlier today in the story trailer while Kano was previously revealed, but first officially seen in action today. This new trailer brings us even more gameplay for both characters, including a new Fatality for Cassie.

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Kombat Kast featuring new Kano and Cassie Cage information for Mortal Kombat 11 now live

Update: The stream is now live. You can catch the embed after the jump.

Earlier: The next Kombat Kast stream will begin today at 1:00 p.m. PST. New information and gameplay will be revealed for Kano and Cassie Cage.

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First gameplay footage and customization options revealed for Cassie Cage and Kano in Mortal Kombat 11

Following the release of the latest Mortal Kombat 11 story mode trailer which revealed Cassie Cage, Jaqui Briggs and Erron Black as playable characters, a number of content creators are now uploading the first looks at gameplay for a few new fighters and some of their customization options in the game.

People like Unroolie, History Behind the Warrior, JayShockblast and others have all released videos showing off how Cassie, Johnny Cage and Kano look in battle along with a deeper look at their gear items plus MK11's Towers of Time mode.

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New Mortal Kombat 11 story trailer released; Cassie Cage, Erron Black and Jacqui Briggs confirmed as playable characters

Ahead of the Kombat Kast scheduled to take place later today, March 6, NetherRealm Studios has released a new story mode trailer for Mortal Kombat 11 revealing more of the game's narrative elements and a number of playable characters.

The new trailer confirms many previously suspected characters as playable with new gameplay / Fatalities shown for Cassie Cage, Erron Black and Jacqui Briggs cementing them as returning fighters from MKX — though there's also a few currently unknown characters appearing in the cutscenes too.

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Johnny Cage can perform a glitched Friendship in Mortal Kombat 2 after hitting his opponent with a stage Fatality

The Mortal Kombat series has a long history of taking glitches and old arcade / playground rumors and turning them into canon inclusions in later games as we've seen with Ermac's origins along with a few popping up in MK11 already.

Friendships were added to Mortal Kombat 2 as a special finisher for characters to perform kind deeds for each other as a tongue-in-cheek inclusion following the backlash that Fatalities faced in the original game for their violence... but it turns out there's actually a way to do both at the same time.

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Kano's Mortal Kombat 11 gameplay will be shown tomorrow during the Kombat Kast — here's what I expect to see of the character

Although Kano has already been revealed for Mortal Kombat 11, we haven't had a chance to really see what his gameplay is like. The only glimpses we've got of him includes him drinking booze at a bar as a background element and Johnny Cage performing a fatality on him.

Since Kano has been around as one of the first playable characters in the entire series, we already have a pretty good idea about Kano's capabilities. Needless to say, his brawler style of fighting hasn't seen dramatic changes over the years.

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Johnny Cage's Mortal Kombat 11 fatality is a throwback to a classic Mortal Kombat series glitch

Last week, Johnny Cage was revealed for Mortal Kombat 11. Hardcore fans of the series might have immediately recognized what NetherRealm Studios was going for when they showed off his comical fatality.

This required Johnny Cage to perform his uppercut three times (on "take 19") before he was finally able to get the opponent's head to come off. Of course, this was clearly intended to be a reference to a certain fatality in the original Mortal Kombat.

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Our first in-battle look at Kano in Mortal Kombat 11 sees him on the receiving end of a Fatality

Kano is one of the characters we saw revealed as playable in Mortal Kombat 11 a while back, but have yet to actually see him in action. The official Mortal Kombat Twitter page recently shared the first screenshot of him in an actual match, though it might not be the look Kano fans were hoping to see.

The image features Johnny Cage performing the tail end of his Fatality that sees him knock the opponent's head off after multiple attempts. On the final try, Cage is able to detach the head from his foe, getting it stuck on his hand, then throwing it at the camera as he flips the bird on the sly.

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From M. Bison to Geese Howard, who are the 10 most intimidating and best villains in fighting game history?

Fighting game final bosses are among the most iconic and memorable among all genres of video games because they represent — especially in the arcade era — the highest mountain you had to climb over to reach the top against computer players that would do everything in their power, including breaking the game, to destroy you and force you to spend another quarter.

Many of them have a number of design choices in common. They have the color red worked into their primary or secondary color schemes, they want to control / destroy the world, or they may simply want to acquire the best of every fighting style via assimilation. There are a number of them that have stood the test of time amongst their peers, however — we don't exactly hear too many people clamoring about Azazel from Tekken 6 or Ultron Sigma.

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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 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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Not for the weak of heart; Because Science attempts to recreate Skarlet's Mortal Kombat 11 Blood Sickle Fatality

The crew over at Because Science is back with yet another exceptionally gory Mortal Kombat 11 experiment.

Last time we saw the team answer "could you freeze and shatter a human head?" and this time around they're examining Skarlet's blood sickle Fatality, a candidate for most nauseating of all MK11 kill moves we've seen thus far.

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Poll results: Which unannounced characters should join Mortal Kombat 11's roster?

Update: The results are in. Hit the jump to check out which characters would create the most excitement amongst our readers if they joined Mortal Kombat 11's roster.

Earlier: Before Mortal Kombat 11 was officially announced, we polled our readers about which characters they would like to see in a future Mortal Kombat title. Unsurprisingly, Scorpion and Sub-Zero were the most popular choices.

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Sonya's face in Mortal Kombat 11 seems to have been given a youthful makeover

Mortal Kombat 11 is still in its development stages, and things continue to change as we draw nearer to the game's official launch on April 23rd.

The latest Kombat Kast brought with it a new build showcasing the most recently revealed character, Johnny Cage. On top of the new character, the official Mortal Kombat Twitter account shared a video featuring an intro interaction between Johnny and his old flame, Sonya Blade.

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Mortal Kombat 11 closed beta test is happening March 28 - 31

Mortal Kombat 11 isn't set for release until late April, but fans will have two opportunities to try out the game from the comfort of their own homes this month.

Earlier this week, we learned that NetherRealm Studios' upcoming blockbuster fighting title will be seeing an online stress test from March 15th through March 17th. This will be a US-only test, and only a limited number of registered participants will be selected to participate.

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