Mortal Kombat stories

The very first hidden character in fighting games was actually a genius business move that made developers a ton of extra cash

The concept of additional characters on fighting game rosters has evolved quite a bit in the last 30 or so years, and is now a fully expected DLC practice that players will dole out extra cash for.

The community excitedly looks forward to batches of new character releases these days as a staple of the ongoing fighting game experience, but it certainly was not always that way.

Flash back to even just one Street Fighter generation ago and we recall having to unlock almost half of the SF4 roster by playing through Arcade Mode and achieving specific goals. Indeed the unlock process has been one of the most intriguing parts of early Super Smash Bros. play over the years, and we fondly remember first figuring out how to play Akuma back in Super Turbo.

The very first hidden character in a fighting game though? The title for most innovative in this avenue goes to Midway Games for their inclusion of Reptile in the original Mortal Kombat.

Reptile granted you nothing more than an extra fight against a particularly hard palette swap hybrid of Scorpion and Sub-Zero along with 10,000,000 meaningless Arcade points. He was also relatively difficult to find in the age before the internet, but that's actually part of why he was a genius tactic that made developers a ton of extra cash.

Pikasprey Yellow delves into the history of Mortal Kombat 1 and 2's secret fighters, covering the string of incredibly cryptic, sometimes anti-helpful clues that would prompt arcade goers to spend much more than they would just trying to defeat Shang Tsung.

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Mortal Kombat Annihilation is a worse movie than you remember, Cinemassacre hilariously picks this piece of bad cinematic history apart

No one was more hype for Annihilation than nine year old me. Mortal Kombat was by far my favorite game, the first MK movie was my favorite film, and Sub-Zero was my favorite character in all of pop culture.

While nine year old me did pick up a certain sense of "something is kind of wrong here" more than a few times during the initial screening of Annihilation, he failed to recognize the extreme lack of continuity, hilariously bad special effects and the fact that when Liu Kang kills Baraka (spoilers) they actually just re-used the shot of when Shao Khan kills Rain (spoilers).

Even by B-movie standards, the execution of this film was downright abysmal. It's almost worth watching the movie again to catch all the hiccups and comically poor decisions, but lucky for us Cinemassacre has already done the dirty work.

The team reviews Annihilation in a recent video and points out all the horrific nuances we missed the first few times around... such as the fact that Shao Khan's hand partially disappears when he tosses a fireball.

One of the few positives: they actually got a pair of American Gladiators (Malibu and Sabre) to play Motaro and Jax respectively. Plus there was that mud wrestling scene for no reason.

Check out the review below, we promise it's well worth your time. Let us know your favorite one liner from the film in the comments once you're done.

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Gal Gadot Kitana, Hulk Hogan Hercule, John Cena Captain America, LeBron James Akuma... BossLogic imagines celebrities as fighting game characters

Prepare to be floored by the incredibly realistic fighting game art of BossLogic as he fuses some of our favorite characters with famous celebrities.

There are some absolutely wonderful images in our gallery here today, some of which may make you laugh while others simply introduce your jaw to the floor.

We'll run down the list just to clarify in case you're not familiar with some of the pop culture figures. Tom Hardy as Vegeta, LeBron James as Akuma, Kevin Hart as Krillin, Gal Gadot as Kitana, Dove Cameron as Android 18, Hulk Hogan as Hercule, John Cena as Captain America, Tom Hiddleston as Cell, Malcom McDowell as Dr. Gero, Jason Mamoa as Broly, James Harden as Freddy Krueger and Donovan Mitchell as Spider-Man.

We recently featured one of BossLogic's creations when he made The Rock into Sagat, and have seen his artwork on EventHubs multiple times in the past.

These capture our gazes for multiple reasons as they're both entertaining and pretty profound in terms of execution. While it's not the prettiest of the bunch, I have to say that Hulk Hercule got the biggest laugh/reaction out of me personally.

Check out the gallery here and share in the comments which were your favorites. Be sure to visit BossLogic's Twitter page (linked above) for even more of his wonderful art.

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'Mortal Kombat' was a $1,600 response on Jeopardy last night and Alex Trebek proved that he's a badass that always does his homework

Most of us fighting game community members would have easily been the first response for the $1,600 question (answer) under the "Pop Culture" category during last night's airing of Jeopardy, as it referenced one of the most notable fighting titles of all time: Mortal Kombat.

The clue was based around the less commonly recognizable villain, Shinnok, who made his playable debut back in Mortal Kombat 4 and has stuck around to pop up as an occasional big boss as the series has progressed.

While we're certain we would have sniped that quick $1,600, we won't spoil whether or not contestants Jonathan, Mary Ann or Gerald were able to do so.

Series co-creator Ed Boon clipped the sequence and posted it to Twitter and noted that it, "Was very cool for us (NetherRealm) to see Mortal Kombat on Jeopardy yesterday!"

The answer, as seen below, even included the franchise's trademark trading of the letter "C" for the letter "K," because Alex Trebek is, as mentioned in the headline, a badass that always does his homework.

Check out the clip from Boon by clicking the thumbnail here, then feel free to post your favorite Sean Connery/Burt Reynolds Celebrity Jeopardy quotes in the comments.

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Live-action characters, dudes with exploding bellies, and System of a Down: Mortal Kombat had some seriously badass commercials over the years

The Mortal Kombat series always seems to bring the heat when it came to its advertising. I recently stumbled upon a compilation of commercials for the various Mortal Kombat games over the years, and while I don't remember seeing every single one of them when they originally aired, it was very clear to me by the end of the reel that the adverts were nothing short of badass.

With it being Halloween today and the Mortal Kombat series being akin to the classic gory, Horror movie genre, I thought it might be fun to share these retro Mortal Kombat commercials with you, the EventHubs reader, while you're feeling particularly spooky today.

Featured in this compilation are ads for Mortal Kombat 1, Mortal Kombat 2, Mortal Kombat 3, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Mortal Kombat 4, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, Mortal Kombat: Deception, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, Mortal Kombat 9 (2011), and Mortal Kombat X.

These commercials have all kinds of awesomeness throughout, including live-action characters — such as Reptile, Baraka, Kitana, Shao Kahn, Shinnok, and more — for Mortal Kombat 2 and Mortal Kombat 4 that some might say look even better than the movie... On top of that, we have the incredibly recognizable "MORTAL KOMBAAAAAT!!" yell here, System of a Down's hit track "Chop Suey!," a guy with an exploding belly, and much more.

Check out the Mortal Kombat commercials from over the years, and let us know which are your favorites!

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Update: Echo Fox cuts entire Tekken team along with Punk, Theo, Scar as their fighting game roster shrinks

10/11 Update: Top Tekken players JDCR and Saint announced today that they are also no longer with team Echo Fox. Both players are considered among the best Tekken 7 players in the world with Saint currently sitting at fourth place on the Tekken World Tour standings while JDCR is ranked fifth — they also came in placing first and second at EVO 2017. You can see their full statements on their release in the gallery below.

Update: Echo Fox has released a statement from President Jared Jeffries regarding their cuts made to their fighting game roster as well as the release of their Gears of War and Call of Duty teams stating the move was a strategic reorganization and refocusing of their current resources. You can check out their full statement in the gallery below.

Earlier: Team Echo Fox quickly broke onto the fighting game scene in the past couple of years snatching up a large part of the global talent with top players like FOX|Justin Wong, FOX|Tokido, FOX|SonicFox, FOX|Momochi and FOX|MkLeo joining their seemingly ever growing roster which is now seeing cuts being made to their fighting game team.

Punk, Theo and Scar all announced today that they and Echo Fox have parted ways meaning that some of the United States' strongest Street Fighter and Injustice competitors are once again free agents after Punk only joined the team less than seven months ago.

Victor "Punk" Woodley quickly rose to the top of the Street Fighter world for his exceptional Karin play in 2017 going from an online warrior to runner up at EVO that year though his sophomore year as a pro player has not been as smooth of a journey.

The Karin main gained everyone's attention after being picked up by Panda Global in 2017 and taking ELEAGUE that year for Street Fighter 5 over some of the stiffest competition the game had to offer. Punk seemed near unbeatable for a time, and after a bit of a slump to start off 2018, he appears to have corrected course having just won Thunderstruck this past weekend bringing him up to 25th on the Capcom Pro Tour standings.

Theo and Scar are no slouches in their games either with Theo making it to third place for Injustice 2 at EVO 2017 and Scar taking third in Mortal Kombat X at EVO 2016. Both players also made it to the final stage of the Injustice 2 Pro Series finals in 2017.

These changes will no undoubtedly shake up the professional side of the fighting game community and perhaps eSports as a whole since they have also reportedly released their entire Gears of War team and their League of Legends head coach.

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Baraka's face was made from a Halloween mask with fingernails for teeth: here's behind the scenes looks at how the first Mortal Kombat games were made

The original Mortal Kombat game released all the way back in 1992 where it quickly gained a following due to its violence, secret Fatality techniques and digitized real-world actors instead of the standard sprites of the vast majority of video games at the time.

Mortal Kombat and its first two sequels used primarily actors wearing the actual characters' costumes to capture all of their movements plus attacks, and now we get the cool opportunity to see how it was all put together.

YouTube channel NeoGamer recently uploaded compiled behind-the-scenes videos for the first three Mortal Kombat games among others showing off the actors posing for actions, their costume and makeup processes plus interviews with the developers and cast including Ed Boon.

For capturing characters' aerial attacks from the first Mortal Kombat game, the crew used a small set of stairs that the actors would sit on to perform their attack poses. This wasn't always the simplest task, however, as we see Kano played by Richard Divizio falling off of the stairs on multiple occasions in the video.

During the interview portion of the Mortal Kombat 2 video, Ed Boon and Divizio reveal that Baraka's costume was made up of a Halloween mask that they found at a store that they glued silver-painted fake fingernails to for use as the Tarkatan's sharp teeth — which Divizio said made him sweat profusely.

The video for Mortal Kombat 3 also gives us a look at Jax's painted arms, a close-up look at Shao Khan and even Sheeva's stop-motion figure. You can check out all three videos after the jump plus a Mortal Kombat 3 montage shared by Ed Boon himself below.

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Fighting Fest 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Dominican Republic's hype fighting game event returns agin this year, with Fighting Fest happening in Santo Domingo.

This is a ranking event for the Capcom Pro Tour, meaning that points are on the line for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Besides this, a bunch of other games are being played as well.

You can expect tournament play for Super Smash Bros. 4, Mortal Kombat XL, Dragon ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Injustice 2, Tekken 7, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.

Players attending include, but are not limited to, Rise|MenaRD, Rise|Caba, SB|DoomSnake, DR Ray, Crossover, Jochy, TDT|Pikoro, MJ|Gama and Tiger|Luiman20.

Streaming is being done at Quien Online RD, The Mikeysan, Top Siete Games, Dragon Ball FighterZ RD, Stryker DR and Mr Connor TV 1.

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Ed Boon asks, 'What if the awesome Spider-Man game was made by NetherRealm? ;)' and Twitter goes wild

A bigger troll than even Capcom's Yoshinori Ono, NetherRealm Studios' Ed Boon has prodded the internet yet again with one of his somewhat regular jokes that make us wonder what he may have up his sleeve.

A tweet yesterday from the big time fighting game developer has risen to "trending" status, even capturing the attention of Insomniac, the company that developed the new Spider-Man game on PlayStation 4.

Boon tweeted on Thursday "What if the awesome Spider-Man game was made by NetherRealm? ;)" along with a quick clip of Spider-Man gameplay footaged edited together with Mortal Kombat's x-ray special moves.

Not only is NRS responsible for the iconic Mortal Kombat franchise, they also make the Injustice franchise which deals with DC Comics superheroes and villains, as well as some special guest DLC characters.

The fighting game community has seen Spidey in quite a few fighting games over the years, and we do have to wonder how exactly the web slinger would fare as a special guest in an upcoming Mortal Kombat title.

In any case you can check out the clip and tweet right here. Feel free to sound off in the comments with your reactions to the idea of an NRS version of Spidey.

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Martin Wong's fighting game cosplay photos are all total KO's

We're excited to share some absolutely stellar photography from Martin Wong as he captures gorgeous models in top tier cosplay outfits.

These quality images feature characters from a wide range of franchises including Street Fighter, Super Smash Bros., Mortal Kombat, Marvel vs. Capcom and others.

Such cosplayers as Jessica Nigri, Vera Bambi and Meg Turney bring all new life to characters like Fox McCloud, Spider-Man and the pool party versions of Chun-Li, E. Honda and Cammy White.

Mr. Wong doesn't limit his craft to gaming and pop culture characters alone, but also specializes in portrait, fashion, surreal and wedding photography.

As you'll surely see when looking through the selection we've garnered for you here, these images exude professionalism from start to finish.

You can see more of Wong's work by visiting his (somewhat NSFW warning due to boudoir photos) Instagram as well as his personal photography site. Check out the gallery below and please share your favorites in the comments when you're done gazing through.

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"Somebody will play and will do really well with a character, and first thing everyone says is 'ah! Overpowered!'" - Ed Boon talks balance and more

Giant Bomb sat down with NetherRealm Studios Creative Director Ed Boon and other developers from games like Hitman and For Honor at E3 where the Mortal Kombat creator discussed fighting game balance, Fatality design, previous titles, crossovers and changing fatality inputs to mess with people among other topics in the round table-style interview.

Ed Boon states that balancing their games is not as scientific of a process as one might expect and is more of a conversation to try and reach a consensus between the developers and the audience without making too many reactionary decisions. He feels that the developers need to "let the dust settle" even though it's very hard to see certain characters running over players at first.

Outside of the other developer sections of the interview, Boon and crew discuss other topics like Mortal Kombat vs. DC, licensing nightmares, other crossover titles, a cancelled follow up to Shaolin Monks and a humorous anecdote from the Mortal Kombat head recounting times when messed with players in the 90's.

Boon states that he changed Fatality inputs in between games during the first handful of Mortal Kombat titles to mess with internet users that would print out lists to bring to the arcades which he realizes now was probably a mistake.

NetherRealm Studios created Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe while they were still part of Midway Games and faced many restrictions from DC and Warner Bros. when making the game according to Boon. He says in the video that they made development quite difficult to work around, but the Injustice games ended up being much less restrictive and easier to work with.

You can check out the full video after the jump where the talk about balancing and Mortal Kombat titles begins around the 17-minute mark.

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NetherRealm Studios is working on a new game and there's a good chance it's Mortal Kombat 11 — here are the characters our readers would like to see

Update: The results are in! Hit the jump below to check out which Mortal Kombat characters our readers would like to see in the next game — assuming it really is Mortal Kombat 11.

Earlier: NetherRealm Studios recently confirmed what many fans have figured for some time now: they're working on a new game.

With content support for Injustice 2 wrapping up in February of this year after the release of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the conclusion of Fighter Pack #3, the fighting game community anxiously awaited NRS' next move. History dictates that the next project is a new installment in the Mortal Kombat franchise, considering the fact that Nether Realm has been alternating between Mortal Kombat and Injustice games over the past eight years or so.

The big "Mortal Kombat 11" reveal was expected at E3 2018, but never happened — and Creative Director at NetherRealm Studios, Ed Boon, confirmed it wouldn't be happening at the expo. During an interview with Giant Bomb at E3, Boon explained that fans have picked up on their pattern for doing things, so they have decided to switch it up a bit.

Though we still haven't seen a big Mortal Kombat 11 reveal, last week Boon took to Twitter to confirm that NetherRealm Studios is indeed working on a new game. sharing a photo of people in motion-capture suits and saying that they are "working very hard to make it [their] best game yet!"

Boon has also confirmed that the next game will not be Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe 2, so we can rule that one out. It is also highly unlikely that we'll see an Injustice 3 with Injustice 2 still on the market, meaning a potential Mortal Kombat 11 has the best chance of coming next.

With that in mind, we're asking you who you want to see in the next Mortal Kombat game — should that be what NetherRealm Studios is currently working on.

We have created a poll featuring characters only from Mortal Kombat titles (no guest characters), and you can make up to 15 choices. If you'd like to choose a guest character or someone else, select the "Other" option and let us know in the comments who you chose.

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The birth of BIONIC ARM, Sonic Fox's ascension, Moment 37... here are Screw Attack's top 10 most hype fighting game moments

Full disclosure, this video came out just before EVO this year as a hype up for fighting games' biggest and baddest yearly open bracket event, but that doesn't mean we aren't still interested in what Screw Attack thinks are the 10 most epic fighting game moments.

We also won't beat around the bush and pretend as though anything has even come close to the legendary EVO Moment 37, as CYG|Daigo's Third Strike parrying of FOX|Justin Wong's Super Art stands fairly decisively at the top of this category.

Considering the fact that the best fighting gamers from all over the world clash at EVO more than any other single venue, it's not surprising to say there have been plenty of other incredibly exciting memories that have stemmed from the big dance.

My personal favorite from the list was one I had actually forgotten about until this reminder and even having just seen it seconds ago, the mere thought of it still makes the hairs on my arms stand up.

I'm, of course, referring to the EVO 2014 bout between RB|Snake Eyez and RZR|Xian that went down the absolute wire. Seeing it in person was indescribable, but you'll get the gist of it all by watching it back in this video.

Let us know what you thought of Screw Attack's countdown in the comments. If you disagree with their list please let us know how yours would play out.

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Ultimate Fighting Arena 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

There's a big event taking place in Paris, France this weekend, for multiple games.

This is a Saga Event for Dragon Ball FighterZ, so almost 160 players have shown up to try and grab that Dragon Ball as well as a qualifying spot for the finals in January.

Besides this, it's also a Capcom Pro Tour event for Street Fighter 5, so that game also has a bunch of Europe's finest, as well as some others, showing up to try and gain points with almost 150 players registered.

The event will also be hosting tournaments for Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Ultra Street Fighter 4, King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest, King of Fighters 14, Mortal Kombat XL and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.

Players attending include Mouz|Problem X, CO|Go1, NVD|Phenom, RB|Luffy, UYU|Cloud805, FNATIC|Akainu, NRG|HookGangGod, excel|Hurricane, NASR|BigBird, FNATIC|Shakz, NVD|SaltyKid, BC|ApologyMan, NRG|Supernoon,|Shenzo, Nyphi7, Method|Broski, NVD|Momi, exceL|Infexious, R-Cade|Alioune, PG|Nakkiel, DO|KenDeep and many more.

Streaming is being done at Gameline and World Gaming Federation.

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Ed Boon says Netherrealm Studios is working very hard to make their next title their 'best game yet'

Many of us — including myself — were expecting an announcement of Mortal Kombat 11 at this year's E3. This would've made sense based on Netherrealm Studios' track record of announcing Mortal Kombat and Injustice titles at E3 events after an elapsed amount of time.

Notably, Ed Boon had to confirm that the next iteration of Mortal Kombat was not going to be announced at E3 2018. When Ed Boon changed his avatar to be half of Scorpion and Batman's head, he specifically noted that Netherrealm Studios' next title was not going to be Mortal Kombat vs. D.C. Universe 2.

Evidently, there was a lot of hype amongst the portion of the fighting game community that follows NRS games. In some ways, this did seem to imply that Netherrealm Studios' next game was at least in the planning stages.

Earlier today, Ed Boon confirmed that development is progressing on some unannounced game. Boon noted that he was in disbelief that it's been eight years since Netherrealm Studios was opened as it was founded around April-May 2010.

Boon stated that the team is not yet ready to start talking about the next project but we should rest assured that everyone is "working very hard to make it [their] best game yet!" This could offer a possible explanation as to why there was no announcement at E3 2018 as NRS might have access to a budget that is larger than any of their previous projects.

Curiously, an image was also attached to the Tweet. In the image, we can clearly see two motion capture actors doing work.

It is interesting to see that one of them is assuming what appears to be a fighting stance. We have no confirmation about the date in which this photo was taken.

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Moscow Fighting Arena x RusReversal results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

There's a big event going on this weekend ... In fact, two big events combined into one, even.

In Moscow, Russia you'll be able to enjoy the coming together of Moscow Fighting Arena and RusReversal as one big event, featuring many different fighting games.

This is a Tekken World Tour event, so there's going to be a lot of heavy competition for that game, with almost 100 people signed up for it.

The other games aren't slouches either, with around 50 each for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, and with almost 30 entrants for Injustice 2. There will also be side tournaments held in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Mortal Kombat XL, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code.

There are a lot of players attending, including Loveneet, GreenLeo, CaptainCM, Forest and of course many, many more.

The main games will be streamed at FightingRu.

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Rick Sanchez apparently portal hopped to an SNK sprite dimension; Sabockee's fighting game sprite work sees various characters with retro looks

Today we're bringing you a handful of Sabockee's wonderful sprites that see fighting game characters as they might have looked if included in Capcom vs. Street Fighter, SNK titles or even Street Fighter 3.

Some of these are straightforward replications of the popular characters, but others have something of a twist. Those are namely the Majin Buu variations on fighters like Geese Howard, Morrigan, Chun-Li and Guile.

We even get a surprise cameo of Rick Sanchez from Adult Swim's Rick and Morty as it seems he's crossed through a portal into a universe where everything is SNK from 20 years ago themed.

At first thought we figured it'd be cool to see Rick in a fighting game, but then we quickly remembered he'd probably just utterly destroy any and all opponents with little to no effort. Maybe not the best idea.

Unfortunately these are all pretty small to begin with, so clicking on each thumbnail won't do a ton in the way of enhancement. They're still really cool though, and well worth a look over for any fighting game fan.

Check out the full gallery below and be sure to head over to Sabockee's Deviant Art page to see the plethora of additional sprites just like these. Let us know which were your favorites in the comments.

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