Mortal Kombat stories

Lady Gaga is Sindel, Rihanna is Jade, Lana Del Rey is Skarlet and Nicki Minaj is Tanya in Carlos Gzz's amazing Mortal Kombat crossover art

We've seen a handful of this kind of realistic, celebrity/fighting game character crossover art thanks to the incredibly talented Boss Logic, but now there's another artist in town.

Carlos Gzz has been posting some Mortal Kombat creations of his own that feature the likes of superstars Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey and Rihanna as Tanya, Sindel, Skarlet and Jade.

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Great mid-range play, a Ninja Mime special move, and a cancellable Fatal Blow — Here's what Johnny Cage can do in Mortal Kombat 11

During yesterday's Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Kast, NetherRealm Studios showcased their most recently revealed character for the game. Johnny Cage is back and flashier than ever, with shades of past versions intact and new tools at his disposal.

Those who viewed the broadcast were treated to an in-depth breakdown of Cage and what he is capable of in Mortal Kombat 11. The run-through featured a look at his base moves, some of the attacks that can be added to him, and quite a bit of actual gameplay.

In Mortal Kombat 11, Johnny Cage is great at mid-range — according to NetherRealm QA analyst Steve "16-Bit" Brownback. While he does have some new tricks up his sleeve, Johnny Cage actually plays in a similar way to how he did back in Mortal Kombat 2.

"Old school" and "simpler to play" describe Johnny's latest iteration, and he is a great character for newcomers and beginner-level competitors. "He kind of has the basic 2D fighting game move list that you would need to succeed," Brownback explained.

That's not to say that Cage doesn't have high level tactics, though. He has some interesting cancels that are a call back to Mortal Kombat X that we will get to in a bit.

Let's start with a quick overview of Johnny Cage straight from NetherRealm Studios.


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A new Final Fight front runner for Street Fighter 5 Season 4 DLC, Melee doesn't make the EVO line up, Marvel vs. Capcom 4 rumors and more

We're excited to be able to share our 40th EventHubs Podcast episode with you as Catalyst and I jump into and discuss the topics that have been buzzing about the FGC this past week.

The EVO lineup for 2019 had some big surprises as titles like Samurai Shodown and UNIST took up slots that many imagined would go to games such as Super Smash Bros. Melee, Dead or Alive 6, or Guilty Gear.

We have a few thoughts as to why tournament organizers would choose to go about things in this manner, and focus a bit on whether or not this could spell the beginning of the end for the seemingly immortal Melee.

In less official happenings, Filipino Champ has been tweeting some not so veiled hints about Marvel vs. Capcom 4. While I'm not to keen on the idea at first thought, Catalyst has some interesting points about the potential for an MvC revival.

Street Fighter 5 has finally gotten some Season 4 update action as new DLC has been revealed and added into the game. Not only this, but Capcom has clarified that two additional announcements are coming in March and then November.

Finally, from developer interviews to the new CPT content, there's been a lot of Final Fight references in Capcom's recent dealings. This makes us really think that one or more of the upcoming DLC characters will hail from that title, and we have a pretty good guess as to a front runner.

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Mortal Kombat 11's amplify move inputs simplified after a lot of fan feedback

Mortal Kombat 11 has seen a change in the way its amplified moves are performed. During today's Kombat Kast, the NetherRealm Studios crew took the time to point out this alteration in the combat system.

When the game was first showcased at the Mortal Kombat 11: The Reveal event last month, fans noticed that in order to perform amplified moves — powered up versions of special moves that utilize meter — a unique command had to be input for each attack. Not only were they unique to characters, but they were also different depending on the move being used. Scorpion's Hellport, for example, required an up + 3 input to amplify while his Spear was amplified by simply hitting 2.

According to the Kombat Kast, now players can trigger amplified moves in Mortal Kombat 11 by simply hitting the interactable button.

"[To perform an] amplify move, you just hit Interact. You just hit the right bumper," Steve "16-Bit" Brownback, QA Analyst at NetherRealm, explained on stream. He goes on to say that it has been simplified from the initial reveal event build, and also noted there was a lot of fan feedback on the matter which led to the change.

Mortal Kombat 11's original way of performing amplified moves was tedious and added a layer of complexity that didn't need to be there. Having attended the reveal event, I can say that the game's amplify inputs were the only major gripe I had with the game.

Considering past Mortal Kombat and Injustice games utilized a system where enhanced moves (now amplified in MK11) were initiated with a universal, single button press, it is nice to see that NetherRealm has made this important change in Mortal Kombat 11.


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Early EVO 2019 entrant numbers leaderboard released, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate currently in the lead

The official EVO 2019 line up of main games was unveiled yesterday on a live stream featuring the event's organizer, Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar, and EVO's Head of Business Development, Mark "MarkMan" Julio. During the broadcast, we learned that nine games would be headlining the largest fighting game tournament of the year and which of them would be securing the coveted Sunday finals spots.

Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will make up EVO Sunday's line up this year, and in an unexpected reveal that surprised fans, we found out that SNK's upcoming Samurai Shodown title will be a part of the event's main games line up as well.

As he often does when we're leading up to EVO time, Mr. Wizard has released an early leaderboard for the number of entrants per game at this year's event. Though specific numbers aren't divulged, we are given a look at a list of the nine titles ordered based on their number of registered players so far.

At the top of the list with the highest entrant numbers is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Due to the massive popularity of the Nintendo Switch title, its placement at this point in time isn't all that surprising.

Other current EVO staples such as Street Fighter 5 and Tekken 7 also find themselves high up on the leaderboard, however, Dragon Ball FighterZ comes in at a shockingly low eighth place. Unreleased titles Mortal Kombat 11 and Samurai Shodown have more entrants than Bandai Namco / Arc System Works' 3v3 fighting game right now.

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Mortal Kombat 11 online stress test coming March 15 - 17

You might be able to get your hands on Mortal Kombat 11 a little earlier than its April launch, if you're lucky. NetherRealm Studios announced today during the Kombat Kast that the game will be seeing an online stress test from March 15 - 17.

This test will differ from the Mortal Kombat 11 pre-order beta that was previously announced and is also expected next month. The stress test is for US players only and will allow a limited number of participants.

As noted during today's stream, this stress test will simply be a short period to test the system. The actual beta will follow at a later time.

If you'd like to register, you can do so now by clicking the link. The process won't take long, as the registration page only requires your date of birth, gamertag (for either PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, depending on your preference), and email address.

At this time, it is unknown what the stress test will entail. No characters, stages, or modes for the test were revealed today, but being that this is an online stress test, we can very likely look forward to online play — possibly ranked.

Mortal Kombat 11 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on April 23rd.


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Kombat Kast featuring another Mortal Kombat 11 character reveal, Johnny Cage gameplay, and more now live

Updated: The stream is now live.

Earlier: The Mortal Kombat 11 excitement continues today with another installment of the Kombat Kast. Taking place at 1 p.m. PST / 3 p.m. CST / 4 p.m. EST, the NetherRealm Studios crew has additional announcements and information to share during the broadcast.

Last night, the company unveiled Johnny Cage as a playable fighter. His gameplay trailer showcased several classic special moves, some new tricks, and an epic fatality you definitely won't want to miss.

Today's Kombat Kast is set to feature more Johnny gameplay, another character announcement, and more.

"Lots happening at today's KOMBAT KAST," wrote NetherRealm Studios Creative Director, Ed Boon, on Twitter. "Johnny Cage game play watch through. Plus another announce that you can believe each thing and then some! #WTF"

You can tune into all the action below. We will be updating our story once the broadcast is live.

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Johnny Cage revealed for Mortal Kombat 11

Johnny Cage has been revealed for Mortal Kombat 11 by IGN by way of a screen shot on Twitter and character trailer on YouTube.

The big shot Hollywood star has been around since day one of Kombat history, and it's clear in his latest appearance that the years really have been rolling by.

While he may be a bit more gray, he's certainly still got that charismatically pompous attitude that we've all come to know, love, and perhaps be a bit irked by when we're losing.

Cage returns with his trademark green shadow attacks but also brings out some new tricks as we see him toss his sunglasses, and even summon an older (it looks like the MK2 version maybe?) form of himself to help beat foes to a pulp.

We also get to see Johnny's Fatality, which turns out to be hilariously annoying and tailor-made for the character. NetherRealm Studios continue to knock it out of the park with gruesomely entertaining kill moves.

The crew at NRS has a Kombat Kast slated for later today at 1 p.m. PT where they'll most likely showcase their latest reveal with more detail and nuance. Here are some stills from the trailer, which awaits beyond the jump below. As per the usual with MK11 content, NSFW warning for gore and violence.

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New Mortal Kombat 11 character to be revealed tomorrow

Mortal Kombat 11's roster will grow by at least one tomorrow as NetherRealm Studios has promised to show off another fighter at their upcoming Kombat Kast.

A tweet from the official Mortal Kombat Twitter account was posted earlier today, and reads as follows, "Another week, another kharacter reveal. See you tomorrow! Tune in for the third #MK11 #KombatKast tomorrow, 3pm CST, 1pm PST."

Our minds logically move on to ponder exactly who it might be we'll be seeing, and there's a clear front runner thanks to MK11's Creative Director, Ed Boon.

It was five days ago that Boon tweeted an image of a character's middle finger along with the caption "Who hired this guy... WTF?" While this isn't exactly a lock for him, Johnny Cage is a big time front runner here.

Since his debut back in the very first Mortal Kombat, the action movie star has always had a sarcastic sass to go along with his charismatic narcissism. We're having a pretty hard time trying to picture anyone else from the MK universe flipping the bird and fitting the bill like this.

This all comes with a grain of salt, since Boon has been known to be a troll when it comes to matters such as these. We'll be covering the Kast tomorrow at 1 p.m., and will be sure to share all the juicy details about whoever it is that NRS reveals. You can check out Boon's tweet from last week by clicking the thumbnail here:

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The first 10 competitors for Mortal Kombat 11 Summit of Time have been revealed

The fine folks at Beyond the Summit are holding a Mortal Kombat 11 event later this year called "Summit of Time," and it will include 16 of the world's most enticing MK11 competitors. As per the usual Summit format, 10 of these participants are selected to be invited while the remaining six are voted upon by the featured game's community.

Those first 10 for Summit of Time were revealed earlier today, and though we can't possibly know who the best competitors at an unreleased game are, it's clear those chosen all come from successful NetherRealm Studios backgrounds as champions of Mortal Kombat and Injustice games.

The most successful NRS competitor has been, by a full head and shoulders, Dominique "FOX|SonicFox" McLean. McLean has won nearly countless Mortal Kombat X and Injustice 2 majors and is currently celebrated as arguably the strongest fighting game player in the world today.

It's surprising to exactly zero people to see that the eSports player of they year for 2018 is amongst the first 10 invited to SOT.

We only first heard about Summit of Time 10 days ago, and have yet to learn the exact date and time during which the event will be held. Today's reveal tweet lets us know that SOT will take place in the month after MK11's April 23rd release.

"All shall be settled through trial by kombat this May! Your first ten kombatants for #SummitOfTime 👀," reads the Twitter post. The actual reveal takes place via the image here:

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Esau Murga's Mortal Kombat art is epic, sexy and sometimes a bit unsettling...

The hype surrounding all things Mortal Kombat kontinues to grow as we eek closer and closer to Mortal Kombat 11's April 23rd release date.

Keeping in step with the times, we've collected a gallery of MK art from Esau Murga as he shows off some of our favorite killer fighters under an array of different lights.

Some of these pieces (such as Scorpion, Nightwolf, Sindel and Raiden) depict characters simply striking a pose to look as awesome as possible for the camera... so to speak. Others seem to tell more of a story, and take us to very different emotional planes.

Scorpion crying at the feet of Johnny Cage at a film studio is a light hearted homage to Cage's trademark low blow, and Skarlet spelling out a blood code for an older MK title in literal blood is clever.

Mileena looking into the mirror with a Joker-esque grin, on the other hand, is absolutely horrifying. Goro dismantling an opponent by ripping him limb from limb is fairly intense as well, and you'll find even more should you venture over to Esau's NSFW DeviantArt page.

Give the gallery a look over and let us know which of these are your favorites and why. Some of the images after the jump depict gory acts, so keep that in mind if you have an uneasy stomach.

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Update: Is Shang Tsung's movie actor teasing the character's inclusion in Mortal Kombat 11?

Update: Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa has responded to our original story in a series of Tweets stating that he was not teasing his or Shang Tsung's involvement in Mortal Kombat 11 and was having some fun by meshing together some of his previous roles in response to the fan-made character render.

Earlier: Shang Tsung was the original final boss in the first Mortal Kombat game before Shao Kahn would become the series' most iconic villain though its been a while since we've seen either of them in action.

The shape-shifting sorcerer was killed by Shao Kahn in Mortal Kombat 9's story, and thus he didn't really appear in MKX though an unexpected source may be hinting at a return for the fighter in the near future.

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, the actor who played Shang Tsung in the original Mortal Kombat film and in Mortal Kombat: Legacy, posted a cryptic Tweet in response to fans requesting to see the sorcerer in Mortal Kombat 11 with a fan-made render depicting Tagawa's take on the character in his signature leather coat.

"Ahhhh.. alt. reality, parallel universes... time traveling... the space between, down the rabbit hole... in goes Shang and out comes Nobusuke... stretch the edges," reads Tagawa's response.

It's hard to know what to make of this text, but he seems to be either hinting at Shang Tsung's inclusion in Mortal Kombat 11 in some capacity or the actor is acknowledging he is at least following the game since he talks about the time travel that is central to the upcoming game's plot. Nobusuke is a reference to Tagawa's character in the TV series The Man in the High Castle.

We currently only know of 11 officially confirmed characters on Mortal Kombat 11's roster along with 11 more leaked or hinted fighters, so that doesn't leave a ton of room for unknowns for the title that looks like its going to launch with 25 playable characters plus Shao Kahn as DLC — Ed Boon himself even teased Johnny Cage's inclusion.

You can take a look at the original Twitter thread below to come up with your own interpretations of Tagawa's Tweet plus the video of the rendered Shang Tsung by artist Arcademaster after the jump.

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Will Smith's Aladdin Genie meets Street Fighter, Videl hangs with Bob Ross, and more: Hilarious fighting game art pieces and memes from DemonDan14

Spending a lot of time each week on fighting game community Twitter, I often come across funny videos, images, and memes related to our favorite fighting titles. One artist that pops up quite often is DemonDan14, and more often than not Dan's humorous pics grab my attention with a double-take.

If you're unfamiliar with Dan, this graphic designer / Street Fighter 5 Alex aficionado is known most for the highlight videos he makes featuring the fan favorite Third Strike brawler. These reels usually incorporate impressive Alex plays accompanied by cheesy / awesome Classic Rock for maximum hype.

While the Alex compilations are certainly awesome, today we're focusing on the hilarious art pieces and memes we've seen Dan produce in recent times.

Included here are some of our favorites as of late, such as Will Smith's real-life Aladdin Genie with a Street Fighter 4 Oni twist, Mortal Kombat 11's Baraka eating toast instead of brains, Alex shaking hands with Yugi Moto from Yu-Gi-Oh! and more.

I would be remiss if I also didn't point out the fantastic piece that sees RISE|Smug behind the G mask. That's just too good.

Check out some of the ridiculous memes below, and be sure to check out DemonDan14's Twitter for more awesome content.

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Here's how DLC has worked for NetherRealm Studios' previous fighting games — can this help in seeing how much we're getting for Mortal Kombat 11?

NetherRealm Studios have truly brought their franchises to a new high ever since the release of Mortal Kombat 9 back in 2011.

Since then, we have not only seen the Mortal Kombat franchise grow stronger than ever, but we've also seen the birth of an entirely new fighting game franchise in the DC Comics crossover Injustice, which NetherRealm has made two games of so far.

We've also seen rosters change quite a bit in both of these cases, with some characters being revamped, others disappearing entirely between entries and brand new characters being created and added.

Mortal Kombat 11 seems to be no exception — we've already gotten a look at brand new fighter Geras, and we've seen that some characters who sat out the last installment, such as Baraka, Kabal and Skarlet are now back in the fray.

With the launch roster for Mortal Kombat 11 rumored to be at 25 characters due to the character select screen we've seen in playable builds, that's a fairly robust starting point.

We already know, though, that there's DLC coming, with Ed Boon claiming that people will freak out when you see the picks they have for it, meaning that there's no telling what size the roster will end up at after post-launch support.

What we can do, though, is take a look at the growth we've seen so far in DLC output from NetherRealm Studios in their previous four modern fighting games. It's actually increased with every game — so let's look at how much we got in each title, and how long it took between each release.

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Justin Wong lists off the seven characters he'd most like to see in Mortal Kombat 11

We've already seen so much in the way of Mortal Kombat 11 and yet the fighting game community simply can't wait for more as we continue to discuss game play, character presentations and potential future roster members.

VP|Justin Wong is getting in on the action as he just recently put out a video detailing the five returning characters and two guest newcomers he has at the top of his MK11 wish list.

This all comes down to the professional player's personal preferences, as he's been around the Mortal Kombat scene many times before and has his favorites from MK entries past.

Most of his picks will surely line up with some majority favorites, but that's not to say that one or two might be a bit out of left field.

Wong's choices for guest characters are particularly interesting, as one follows in step with what NetherRealm Studios have been doing with additional character DLC in recent years, while the other would be a pretty big first for the franchise.

Continue on to see the full video, give it a watch, let us know if you agree with Justin and then share your top five picks for currently unannounced MK characters that you'd love to see in MK11.

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Why do we find it so cool to hate on Street Fighter 5? Plus EVO's 'core values' incident, Bayonetta X Mortal Kombat and more

There have been no shortage of intriguing topics in fighting game news this week, and we're rip roaring down the list in our latest episode of the EventHubs Podcast.

Our main topic deals with the seemingly odd, but ever so common stance of hate toward Street Fighter 5 from players who continue to play it on the regular.

We'd be remiss if we didn't bring up Team Ninja's presentation at EVO Japan this last weekend, which was cut short after a good 20 minutes or so of Dead or Alive 6 showcasing with a rather lewd approach.

Mr. Wizard's follow up on social media was met with laughter by the community, and we're pretty sure we won't be seeing DOA6 at EVO this year.

That brings us to the upcoming EVO 2019 line up reveal that will be taking place next Tuesday. With as many fighting game titles as are on the market right now, it might be harder than ever to pick just seven or eight for the main stage.

We talk about which games are likely in and out and why, and also get to commentary on SF5 characters used at EVO Japan, the prospect of Bayonetta in Mortal Kombat 11 and more.

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Ed Boon appears to be teasing Johnny Cage's inclusion in Mortal Kombat 11

Johnny Cage has been a staple of the Mortal Kombat franchise since the original title in 1992, so many fans have the expectation that the washed up Hollywood star will be making his way to their screens once again in the next few months.

Mortal Kombat's Co-creator and Creative Director, Ed Boon, is well known for playing around with his audience whether it be with trollish ideas like jokingly supporting the Shaggy for MK11 campaign or with actual character teases.

His latest Tweet appears to be the latter of those, as he looks to be directly hinting at Johnny Cage's inclusion in Mortal Kombat 11... in his typical cheeky style.

A cropped screenshot of the game features the torso of an unannounced character that looks suspiciously like Cage giving someone the middle finger with the caption from Boon "Who hired this guy....WTF."

Eagle-eyed viewers appear to have already found Cage lurking in the background of the behind the scenes trailer Mortal Kombat 11 where the former actor can be seen with Sub-Zero and possibly in the background of the stage as shown off by content creator Super.

Now this doesn't confirm that Johnny Cage is 100 percent playable in MK11, but we may be finding out the answer to that as soon as next week's Kombat Kast. Eleven of the new game's apparent 25-fighter roster have already been revealed with up to 11 more leaked or hinted at. You can check out Boon's teaser Tweet below as well as a closer look of what Cage will look like in Super's video after the jump.

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