Mortal Kombat was almost called Van Damme; dev team wanted to make MTV version of Street Fighter

The FGC almost got some serious Van Damage.

Jean-Claude Van Damme was a big action movie star back in the 1990s, and Midway wanted him as the face and name of their new fighting game, which would eventually become Mortal Kombat.

"We wanted to call it Van Damme," Ed Boon told Game Informer. "We just wanted to see huge letters, 'Van Damme' when you walked by. You couldn't pass that up."

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This gorgeous, 1:3 scale Kitana statue is perfect for any fan of the Edenian princess; pre-orders open later today

Pop Culture Shock is back with another amazing looking statue. This time, the princess of Edenia is properly honored with this highly detailed, 1:3 scale statue.

This Kitana figure is expected to ship February 27, 2018 and has an edition size of 300. It stands 28” (71cm) tall, and comes with a price tag of $699.99.

Pre-orders open today at 3 p.m. PDT, and as always, if you pay in full you'll receive 10% off. This will bring your total down to $629.99.

Below are some screenshots to get you started, but be sure to hit the jump to see more.

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Casual walk leads to decapitation, Fatalities anytime, Mileena eats Liu Kang while he's a dragon: D-NO shows off some crazy MK2 beta stuff

The Mortal Kombat series paved the way for excessive violence in fighting games. It's painful-looking attacks and even more brutal fatalities have always been a sight to see as many of them are pretty out there.

On the Super NES, though, Mortal Kombat 2's beta had some interesting facets that are far more ridiculous than what we're used to. D-NO recently shared several clips showcasing the madness that can ensue.

Apparently, it was possible for players to perform fatalities any time they wanted to in any given match, and multiple at that. Other odd occurrences include characters randomly floating, being knocked through the stage, character switches mid-fatality, and much more.

Below are just some of the clips for you to check out.

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Above all else, my favorite clip is the one you'll find after the jump.

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Mortal Kombat movie reboot has maybe found a new director - Simon McQuoid the director behind the PlayStation 'Michael' commercial

We've been hearing a lot about a possible Mortal Kombat movie, such as Megan Fox wanting to play Kitana, but we haven't really seen anything come of it. According to Variety, the New Line Mortal Kombat movie reboot is looking at Simon McQuoid to be the director.

Never heard of Simon McQuoid? Apparently Simon McQuoid has been credited for directing commercials such as PlayStation 3's "Michael" commercial and Halo 3's "Enemy Weapon" commercial.

It's been nearly 20 years since Mortal Kombat Annihilation was view-able in theaters. It will be nice to finally see another attempt at putting the famous video game franchise on the big screens.

The last person who was supposed to direct the Mortal Kombat movie is the guy behind the Mortal Kombat Legacy series. Hopefully everything works out with the director this time around.

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Grapiqkad's outstanding Mortal Kombat X artwork captures characters' personalities based on their variations

One of Mortal Kombat X's defining aspects, besides the gratuitous amounts of gore and death, is the fact that each of its characters have three different variations.

This allows players to express themselves to an even more specific degree, and an artist by the name of Grapiqkad decided to highlight this by visually interpreting many of the characters a la their different versions.

The result is the mesmerizing collection below:

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Canada Cup 2016 results ft. Infiltration, Armada, Xiao Hai, GamerBee

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The final opportunity to gain Capcom Pro Tour points is upon us. That's right, it's time for this season's final premier event, though Regional Finals still remain. Canada Cup 2016 takes place this year in Ontario, Canada.

But it's not just big for Street Fighter 5 fans, it also has a turnout of extreme top players for Super Smash Bros. Melee, as well as being a part of the King of Iron Fist Tournament 2016 circuit and a King of Fighters 14 World Championship qualifier.

At this event, the following games will see tournament play: Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Pokkén Tournament, Mortal Kombat XL, Killer Instinct, Darkstalkers: Resurrection and Marvel vs. Capcom 2. On top of that, the classic Canada Cup feature, the international 5v5 tournament is back for Street Fighter 5, so expect to see some great international rivalry taking place as well.

Top players expected to attend include, but are not limited to, RZR|Infiltration, Alliance|Armada, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, ZW|GamerBee, C9|Ally, Liquid|Hungrybox, BST|Daigo, EG|Justin Wong, Liquid|NuckleDu, FOX|Mew2King, BX3|Phenom, RZR|Xian, PG|Filipino Champ, RB|Bonchan, EG|K-Brad, SPY|MacD, YouDeal|Yukadon, F3|Alucard, Secret|Poongko, NVT|Flash, EG|Ricki Ortiz, RB|Snake Eyez, Xyzzy, EMG|n0ne, TS|Arturo Sanchez, PG|RayRay, /r/Kappa|John Takeuchi, Chi-Rithy, GOL|Ranmasama, RN|Alex Myers, KirbyKaze, Marn, Hsien Chang, DNL|Duck, OG|Shine, Flux, NL, TS|NerdJosh, XSK Samurai, DS|Stupendous, Glacial|Prince Abu, BJ Unchained, NOE|Tampa Bison, PandaTV|Dakou, Fubarduck, synK|Kage, STDx|BlitzMan, GS|Gllty and SL|Burnoutfighter.

Streaming is being handled by Capcom Fighters, Canada Cup, Canada Cup 2, Canada Cup 3, Tekken and Canada Cup 4.

Check out the full action below.

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Street Fighter 5 only had the fifth favorite set of newcomers: Here are the games that hosted the newcomers that our readers liked the most

Updated: And the results are in! You can see how EventHubs' readers voted after the jump.

Earlier: There's one particular thing that's almost never missing when a new fighting game comes along, and that is new characters joining the cast.

Sometimes they become a huge hit, and instantly rise to fan favorite status, and sometimes they fizzle out completely and are forgotten within months of release.

With that in mind, I thought that it'd be fun to check with our readers which game they think delivered the best set of new characters from the new releases we've seen for the last few years.

Some current games use the business model of continuing to add things to a game that's currently out, for example Dead or Alive 5, so we've decided to include all the new cast members under the Dead or Alive 5 banner in their entry.

But don't worry, you don't have to do all the research yourselves - we've compiled a list below for each franchise included in the poll, to give you a quick reminder of what you'd be voting for. Check it out.

Now, let's get to the exciting part - to the vote!

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Surprisingly, Baraka didn't make the top 10: Here are the klassic kombatants our readers want to see return in a potential MKXL Kombat Pack 3

Updated: And the results are in! You can see how EventHubs' readers voted after the jump.

Earlier: Mortal Kombat X recently received some big balance changes, which has reinvigorated the game a bit (though it's been healthy enough to not need refreshment), and there's been a lot of talking back and forth about a potential Kombat Pack 3 DLC set for the game.

While there's been no official confirmation if a new Kombat Pack is coming or not, an inquiry as to who you'd like to see return from the series' wealthy roster can't hurt.

You can cast your votes below.

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Sub-Zero's relentless tick throw setups clash with Kung Lao's intricate mixups - AFoxyGrandpa and SonicFox explore new horizons in this first-to-ten

Mortal Kombat XL's newest balance patch is finally upon us, and with the long list of changes made to the entire cast comes the time for players to hit the lab and get re-acquainted with their mains, or in some cases, find entirely new ones.

PXP|AFoxyGrandpa and CR|SonicFox recently got together for a first to 10 set of online matches, putting the changes made to Buzzsaw Kung Lao and Cryomancer Sub-Zero to the test. PND|Ketchup and PND|Mustard come in to take things a step further, providing some great commentary to go alongside the action packed set.

Both character variations have seen some drastic improvements with the recent patch, but Sub-Zero's new command grab makes him look downright terrifying to deal with. In this sequence, SonicFox manages to capitalize on an unfortunate drop to quickly bring on the end of the round.

Just as a heads up, there is a bit of NSFW language in this clip:

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SoCal Regionals 2016 results ft GamerBee, Xiao Hai, Momochi, SonicFox

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

SoCal Regionals 2016 is finally upon us, and it's a Premier event for the Capcom Pro Tour. That's not all, though, because it's also a Killer Instinct World Cup qualifier, King of Fighters 14 World Championship qualifier and Tekken 7 King of the Iron Fist North American qualifier.

Games featured at the event will be Street Fighter 5, King of Fighters 14, Mortal Kombat XL, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator and Killer Instinct.

As far as players go, you can expect to see ZW|GamerBee, Qanba|Xiao Hai, EG|Momochi, cR|SonicFox, EG|Justin Wong, AS|Reynald, MJS|Haitani, Liquid|NuckleDu, F3|Sleep, Mago, HM|Eita, HM|Go1, Secret|Poongko, HM|Dogura, PG|Filipino Champ, PG|Scar, IMT|ANTi, EG|Ricki Ortiz, CCG|NYChrisG, GC|ElRosa, CLG|VoiD, YOMI|Michaelangelo, Noble|iLuusions, ViolentKain, ITS|WayGamble, ITS|Princess Ling, YOMI|MIT, Circa|Nicky, FOX|Julio, CBZ|Nuki, PND|Madzin, EVB|Chris Tatarian, Circa|LPN, F3|Alucard, cR|HoneyBee, YouDeal|Yukadon, ApologyMan, cR|WoundCowboy, Brenttiscool, GOL|Ranmasama, LDA|Luis Cha, BjornSonOfBear, YOMI|DJT, NVT|Flash, BT|Angelic, YOMI|Zyphox, OilKing, TS|NerdJosh, RB|Snake Eyez, BH|Swordsman09, GAM|Caba, EG|PR Balrog, FilipinoMan, EG|K-Brad, Khannibalito, RN|Alex Myers, TheBeautifulDude, C4|Gnarlyfeats, GAM|DR Ray, Reiketsu, DS|Stupendous, Nacer, GS|Gllty, WFX|801 Strider, Mike L Na, FourWude, BurnoutFighter and many more.

Streaming is being handled by Capcom Fighters, LevelUp Live, LevelUp Live 2, Tekken and 2G Gaming.

Catch the full action below.

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3-hit combo scores 39% for Tanya in Mortal Kombat XL, all you need is one meter and Dark Shroud

ElChakotay recently sent us an interesting Mortal Kombat XL clip.

Apparently, Tanya has the ability to dish out 39% damage with a simple 3-hit combo.

After hitting the opponent with Dark Shroud, all Tanya needs to do is hit jumping 4 into EX air fireball in her Pyromancer variation. If hit at the correct height, you'll get a large chunk of damage for little effort and only one meter.

You can check out the clip after the jump.

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The Fall Classic 2016 results ft. NuckleDu, Julio, John Takeuchi, Ricki Ortiz

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Fall Classic is taking place this weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina.

This event is a Capcom Pro Tour Ranking event for Street Fighter 5, but also has tournaments for Mortal Kombat XL, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, King of Fighters 14, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Killer Instinct, Soul Calibur 5, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Pokkén Tournament, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late.

Players expected to attend include Liquid|NuckleDu, FOX|Julio, /r/Kappa|John Takeuchi, EG|Ricki Ortiz, UGS|XCaliburBladez, F3|Alucard, EG|PR Balrog, EG|K-Brad, PG|RayRay, GXR|Hoodless, UGS|BlackMoonRisingX, NS|Ludovic, XSK Samurai, B.Z.B., OG|Shine, NS|SaltFace, Damdai and many more.

Streaming is being handled by FunkyP, Bifuteki, KPB Live, Smash Studios and Kombat Network.

Check out the action live below.

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Kitana gets nearly 40% guaranteed chip damage in Assassin, Rising Fans better for blockstrings - SonicFox's early Mortal Kombat XL findings post-patch

Mortal Kombat XL received a large balance patch yesterday, and one of the game's best players has already started sinking his teeth into it.

CR|SonicFox is known for his amazing Erron Black in Mortal Kombat XL, but he is also very skilled with Kitana and Alien. Today on Twitter, he took some time to share a few of his findings with Kitana post-patch.

Since the update, she can really tack on the chip damage.

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Brand new moves, changes to armor moves, and much more: Here are Mortal Kombat XL's latest patch notes

Mortal Kombat XL's latest balance patch is set to drop tomorrow. To give players the lowdown on what's changed, NetherRealm Studios has released the full set of patch notes.

There's a lot to comb over, and on this list you'll see new moves, gameplay changes, tweaks to move properties, and more.

Additionally, Mortal Kombat XL is set to be released for PC players tomorrow. So, gear up, Mortal Kombat fans, this is going to be a great week.

You can find the patch notes after the jump.

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EX Tail Flip no longer has armor, regular Rekkas can't be delayed, and more: Here are the Alien changes we know so far

The latest Kombat Kast just wrapped up, and during the broadcast we saw changes for quite a few of the characters on the roster.

One character in particular is known for being exceptionally strong in Mortal Kombat XL, so we thought it'd be a good idea to highlight the changes made to Alien for those who don't have the time to check out the hour-long archive.

Before we do that, though, let's take a look at one of the most interesting general changes made. After the update, beginning a run will cost more stamina meter, and if you're hit during the run you'll lose half a meter.

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For a recap on what changes we saw for Alien on stream, hit the jump.

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