Boon: 'I'm a huge Prince fan, so I was thinking Purple Rain' - A look into the inspiration behind the Prince of Edenia

Many of the characters in Mortal Kombat have interesting origin stories to say the least. Some were created because of glitches, or rumors that eventually came to pass.

One in particular found himself among the many ninjas that we've met over the years because of Ed Boon's -- co-creator of the series -- love for Prince's music.

“That's one of the things about Mortal Kombat, many of the characters have these goofy origin stories,” says Ed Boon in regards to Rain's first appearance as a teaser in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.

He recently confirmed the connection between the MK character and historic musician via Twitter.

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Texas Showdown 2016 results ft Rico Suave, ChrisG, PR Balrog, Sleep

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Texas Showdown 2016 is taking place in ... Well, Texas.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour event, so points are on the line for Street Fighter 5, but you'll also get to see tournament play of Killer Instinct, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Pokkén Tournament, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike and Street Fighter 2: Super Turbo.

As for players attending, you can expect to see UA|Rico Suave, NYChrisG, EG|PR Balrog, F3|Sleep, Julio, UA|Bass, WFX|801 Strider, Wolfkrone, Brenttiscool, F3|Alucard, DL|FourWude, WT|Hamad, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, DM|El Cubano Loco, CH|BrolyLegs, GS|Gllty, UA|Jan, UA|Showtime, Nacer, VGP|Integra, TFA|OmgItzAndre, ThrashHeavy and many more.

Streaming duties are being handled by LevelUp Live, PandaxGaming, Smash United, Texas Melee and BeastChan23.

Check out the full action below.

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Is Ed Boon gauging interest for future Mortal Kombat XL characters? Series co-creator runs polls on Twitter, here are the results

Ed Boon -- co-creator of the Mortal Kombat series -- recently took to Twitter to run a couple of polls pertaining to Mortal Kombat XL.

Specifically, Mr. Boon asked followers which characters they missed most in the latest Mortal Kombat title. With four selectable options per poll, the choices included four female fighters and four male.

The polls netted over 20,000 votes together, and you can see the final results below.

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West Coast Warzone 5 results ft. Justin Wong, NYChrisG, Snake Eyez, Filipino Champ

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, West Coast Warzone will be taking place in Orange, California.

This event will feature tournaments in Street Fighter 5, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X and Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator.

Players attending include EG|Justin Wong, NYChrisG, RB|Snake Eyez, PG|Filipino Champ, EG|PR Balrog, AS|Reynald, BE|KaneBlueRiver, EG|Ricki Ortiz, EG|K-Brad, Chris Tatarian, YP|Filipinoman, BT|Clockw0rk, Julio, Brenttiscool, pH|LPN, LU|Alex Valle, pH|Nando Tovar, Paradigm, KIT|SumBrwnKid, KillerKai, AfroCole, MC|XSK Samurai, BT|Viscant, Alex Myers, BT|Angelic, TS|NerdJosh, HnH|KizzieKay, BJ Unchained, ROG|Kelvin Jeon, Mike L Na, MC|GCYoshi, NWM|KyleP and many, many more.

Streaming duties will be handled by LevelUp Live and Guard Break.

Check out the action below.

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Canada Cup Vancouver series looks to keep Marvel alive with exhibitions between Justin Wong, Kane Blueriver and BEE; coming May 13th-15th

Canada Cup Vancouver Series will be taking the place of Master Series, one of Canada's biggest and well known majors, this year.

While the event will feature nine titles including Street Fighter 5 and Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tournament organizer Lap Chi Duong has made it no secret that one of the major purposes for this tournament is to keep Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 alive.

Lap Chi has scheduled three UMvC3 exhibitions featuring EG|Justin Wong, BE|Kane Blueriver and Canada's own BEE Marvel. The two EVO champs and last year's Canada Cup winner will each square off against one another on finals day.

Register and book your hotel, which offers free breakfast, before April 22nd to receive a special discounted rate. For more information, and to register head over to the Canada Cup tournament website and Facebook page.

Perfect whiff punishes, colossal comebacks, SonicFox's Alien flips and more; ESL Pro League Mortal Kombat X week one highlights

The third season of the ESL Pro League is underway, and we've got the top five plays from the finals bracket to share with you.

This competition has attracted such competitors as US|Scar and undisputed Mortal Kombat champion cR|SonicFox, and so we're not surprised to see plenty of top level plays.

ESL has compiled some beautiful sequences involving a perfectly-timed whiff punish, an unlikely comeback and SonicFox both dishing and receiving some pretty brutal punishment.

You'll see their top five plays from week one below.

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Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom, Mortal Kombat and free pizza; today is your last chance at discounted registration for West Coast Warzone 5

Capcom Pro Tour Ranking event West Coast Warzone 5 will take place in sunny Orange, California April 15th-17th.

West Coast Warzone has been a somewhat regular part of the SoCal tournament circuit for some time now, and though it hasn't appeared on a yearly basis, each and every event has been incredible.

Street Fighter 5 will be the headlining game, but WCW will also feature Mortal Kombat X, Guilty Gear Xrd, Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Though we don't have a full list, we expect to see most all the top competitors from SoCal, like RB|Snake Eyez and EG|Justin Wong, to be there.

WCW sets itself apart from other tournaments by providing unique experiences like their "Continue?" tournament for those who go 0-2 in any game. To our knowledge, they're also the only event that offers a chance at free pizza if you can beat one of the tournament organizers in a casual match.

After tonight at 12 a.m. PST the registration fee will go up to $60, so it's best you head over to their registration page during these final hours for the discounted rate.

Jam Game Cup results ft. Justin Wong, Keoma, K-Brad, Kayane

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

It's time for the first regional Capcom Pro Tour tournament for the Latin America area, with Jam Game Cup taking place in Brasilia, Brazil.

This event is mainly for Street Fighter 5, but will also host tournaments in Mortal Kombat X, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Players attending the event include EG|Justin Wong, Innova|Keoma, EG|K-Brad, RB|Kayane, SOA|Ibukiman, SOA|DeathGun, CF|Rafalibe, SFT|Dark817, Alexis and more.

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'There are a few characters, as of right now, that don't appear to have a hard counter pick' - Tom Brady reviews Mortal Kombat XL

Mortal Kombat veteran UA|Tom Brady, of no relation to the New England Patriots' quarterback, has come out with a review of the all new, completely revamped edition of Mortal Kombat X: MKXL.

With a ton of updates, alterations, new features and four all new characters, MKXL is breathing a very welcomed breath of fresh air into the Mortal Kombat community.

Brady is pretty big fan of the latest version of MKX, citing the reworked netcode as very consistent, and one of the best online experiences he's ever had in fighting games.

Much of the rest of his review revolves around gameplay and character balance. He does admit that there are currently a few characters that don't seem to have bad match ups at all.

While this sounds like a pretty big deal at first, Brady is quick to clarify that he does not believe this will remain an unchanging truth of MKXL, but rather that the community simply hasn't developed counter measures for these characters yet.

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Inflated bodies, exploding heads, and much more: Every single Mortal Kombat fatality in the franchise's history all in one video

The Mortal Kombat series made its mark in the video game world with its incredibly gruesome (but not always the most realistic) fatality finishing moves. The over-the-top violence found in each title kept fans coming back for more, wondering what types of new ways they could obliterate their opponents.

Saying there have been a lot of fatalities in the franchise's history is a bit of an understatement, and though we've seen compilation videos collecting many of them in the past, this one might take the blood-spattered cake.

IZUNIY put together a massive montage that includes every fatality ever feature in a Mortal Kombat title. The video runs for nearly two hours, and you'll see finishers from MK1 all the way through MKXL.

Some of the fatalities seen here are disturbing -- all of which are NSFW, obviously. However, some fatalities are just... interesting. See the GIF below.


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Hypespotting 5 results ft Leffen, Luffy, Valmaster, Problem X, A Foxy Grampa

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend's event on the Capcom Pro Tour tournament circuit happens to be taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, and it's Hypespotting 5.

At this event, you can expect to see tournament play in Street Fighter 5, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Mortal Kobmat X, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Killer Instinct, King of Fighters 13, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike and Street Fighter 2: Super Turbo.

bwiiu As for players attending, you'll be seeing TSM|Leffen, RB|Luffy, YP|Valmaster, PxP|Problem X, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, cR|HoneyBee, UM|ImStillDaDaddy, PND|Ketchup, PND|Mustard, ON|BubblanAB7, F2K|Popi, PND|Madzin, HCL|Pro Fluke, UM|Hurricane, Emersion, UM|Tyrant, Afii, UM|Isam, Chino, Packz, ON|BigFool, IND|Gillstolemyride and many more - including this article's writer, EH|MajinTenshinhan himself!

Streaming duties are being handled by Versus Scotland, Dat Team, King Jae, RESET Aberdeen, Fakery and Rushdown Edinburgh.

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Mortal Kombat X ESL Pro League season 3 announced, $500,000 up for grabs across various events

Warner Bros. has announced the latest in eSports and Mortal Kombat X. ESL's Pro League returns with season 3 starting this weekend.

On April 3rd, the eight-week online tournament series will begin. The best players from around the world will slug it out until only 16 finalists remain. These players -- from North America, Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and Latin America -- will compete in the finals on June 12 in Burbank, California in front of a live studio audience.

Additionally, there will be an ESL Mortal Kombat X Challenger Cup kicking off on April 2nd. This will allow players who aren't competing in the Pro League a chance to battle online in weekly events for cash and prizes, with streamed monthly finals.

Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studios have also announced that they will continue contributing to local tournaments in North America and Europe. We can expect to see more sponsorships and prize pool funding this year.

There will be $500,000 USD up for grabs across this entire competitive season. $200,000 will be distributed among the top 8 players at the season 3 finals, with 1st place taking home $75,000.

You can check out the official ESL Pro League season 3 trailer below.

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Alien toned down in latest Mortal Kombat XL patch; see the full list of changes here

We've had Mortal Kombat XL for about a month now, and things seem to be going pretty well with the game's four new characters.

One of these newcomers has had a bit more of an impact than the others however, probably best evidenced by the fact that cR|Sonic Fox was able to win Final Round 19 with him just a week ago.

The developers at NetherRealm Studios have hit Alien with a good amount of nerfs, making him less safe on a lot of moves, and no longer able to kill with his damage over time acid effect.

We have the full list of patch notes for you here, and the 10.779 GB update is now available for download.

General Gameplay Fixes

• There is no longer an addition frame of input delay when simulate online delay is on and should now better match online play
• Removed several possible online desyncs
• If a breaker is initiated while the attacker is below ground it will no longer animate faster than normal
• Some knockdown reactions now longer reset the buffered combo damage scaling used by unavoidable off the ground situations
• Fixed a bug which could cause controller configuration options to be reset for a round after a rollback in an online match
• The timer in survivor koth now starts at 150 seconds
• Corrected some brutalities which had some issues with rollback

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NorCal Regionals 2016 results ft. Infiltration, Tokido, Mago, Haitani

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, NorCal Regionals 2016 is taking place in Sacramento, California. This is the second premier event of this year's Capcom Pro Tour season for Street Fighter 5, and will also feature tournaments in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Guily Gear Xrd SIGN, Mortal Kombat X, Killer Instinct, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late and Marvel vs. Capcom 2.

As for players attending, you can expect to see RZR|Infiltration, MCZ|Tokido, MCZ|Mago, MJS|Haitani, GGP|Kazunoko, EG|Momochi, RZR|Xian, RB|Snake Eyez, NYChrisG, RZR|Fuudo, EG|PR Balrog, /r/Kappa|Poongko, PG|Filipino Champ, RB|Bonchan, Liquid|NuckleDu, EG|Justin Wong, EG|K-Brad, Qanba|Xiao Hai, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Chris Tatarian, YP|Filipinoman, MOV, PHO|ApologyMan, Julio, pH|Nando Tovar, BT|Clockw0rk, PandaTV|Dakou, WFX|801 Strider, Brenttiscool, pH|HooDaMan, Reiketsu, BJ Unchained, DM|El Cubano Loco, LU|Alex Valle, MC|XSK Samurai, pH|LPN, EG|ChocoBlanka, Gootecks, TheBeautifulDude, NWM|KyleP, HnH|KizzieKay, Foo, pH|Crackfiend, TS|NerdJosh, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, pH|Nacer, DL|FourWude, ROG|Kelvin Jeon, Alex Myers, Jeopardy, GG|Sherryjenix and many more.

Streaming of the event will be handled by Capcom Fighters, Team Spooky, IPlayWinner and IEBattlegrounds.

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Avyd drops Street Fighter 5 from their Fighting Game Championships, no longer featuring NorCal Regionals as qualifying event

Update: Avyd Fighting Game Championships has released a statement informing the community that they will no longer be featuring Street Fighter 5 on their 2016 circuit.

Though they did not specify exactly why they're removing SF5 from their game list, a small part of their statement seems to imply that there have been issues in getting permission from Capcom:

"As with any new company, we understand that we have to earn the trust and respect of not only the community, but also the publishers and developers who already work so hard to grow them."

Avyd has also removed NorCal Regionals, which is going on right now, from their list of qualifying events. As of now, the other tournaments listed on their circuit are still a go.

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