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The arcade versions of Mortal Kombat 1, 2, 3 and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 each contain secret menus that only recently were uncovered.
UPDATE: NetherRealm Studios chief Ed Boon has announced Mortal Kombat X, due out in 2015.
24 star Kiefer Sutherland will follow up his voice work as Snake in Metal Gear Solid 5 by appearing in the next Mortal Kombat game, he's said.
Amazon has listed Mortal Kombat Game of the Year edition for release on PC.
The free PS3 games for PS Plus subscribers in January are BioShock 2, Guardians of Middle-earth and Mortal Kombat, says Sony. They're available from 2nd January.
Street Fighter 4 has a new world champion: South Korean Akuma player Seon-woo Lee.
6/10 shooter Sniper Elite V2 has ricocheted to the top of the UK all-format charts.
Fighter Mileena centre stage.
The Vita version of 2011 franchise reboot Mortal Kombat launches in Europe on 4th May, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive has announced.
It's essentially the same game released on consoles last year, with a handful of new features thrown in.
As well as touchscreen-enabled fatalities, there's an all-new Challenge Tower mode offering 150 Vita-exclusive missions.
YouTube videos have emerged showing hit PlayStation 3 titles running via Remote Play on the new PSVita handheld. Camera footage of titles such as Red Dead Redemption, Mortal Kombat, Battlefield 3 and Batman: Arkham Asylum has been recorded and uploaded, and there's absolutely no reason whatsoever to assume that the videos are anything but genuine.
Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has revealed a few of the exclusive features you can expect to find in the forthcoming PlayStation Vita version of last year's revamped brawler.
A Vita version of the recent Mortal Kombat reboot launches this Spring, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive has announced.
UPDATE: Warner has announced that Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition launches in the UK on 2nd March.
The European release does not include download codes for the film and soundtrack.
ORIGINAL STORY: Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition arrives in US stores on 28th February, publisher Warner Bors. Interactive has confirmed.
The Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition will be released on 17th February 2012.
That's according to UK age-ratings body the BBFC, which handed out an 18 certificate this afternoon.
The BBFC only mentioned Xbox 360, and didn't discuss the game's content beyond "contains strong bloody violence".
A new Mortal Kombat movie has been given the green light, with the man responsible for last year's impressive unofficial web short given the nod to direct.
According to Los Angeles Times, New Line Cinema is teaming up with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on the project, with production to start next year ahead of a planned 2013 release.
Director Kevin Tancharoen caught Warner's eye when an unofficial proof-of-concept short he made in 2010 called Mortal Kombat: Rebirth went viral. He was then signed up to make nine officially sanctioned web promos - called Mortal Kombat: Legacy - to push this year's video game reboot.
NetherRealm has released a patch for Mortal Kombat, and MortalKombatUnited.com has tested the changes it brings and detailed the patch notes.
The patch notes are reproduced below. From the looks of things, Subzero has received a pretty nifty boost.
The patch was released for the Xbox 360 version of the three million-selling game today. The patch goes live on PlayStation 3 next week.
Mortal Kombat 9 has sold 3 million copies around the world, Warner Bros. has announced.
It's the best-selling fighting game this year - more successful, even, than Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
Warner Bros. video game president Martin Tremblay said the numbers had "exceeded our sales goals".
Night of the Elm.
Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono has explained why Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat are unlikely bedfellows.
Mortal Kombat 9 and Lego Pirates of the Caribbean have done well for Time Warner.
In theory, fighting games should be one of the easiest genres to define - it's pretty much all there in the title. Two people trade karate chops, dragon punches and flying kicks until one is knocked unconscious or mercilessly killed, the only real complication coming from the clicking timer (fighters tend to suffer a cardiac arrest if they break the 60 second rule, you see.)
You'll be able to watch fighting game tournament Evo 2011 in PlayStation 3 virtual world PlayStation Home, Sony has announced.
Nightmare on Elm Street boogeyman Freddy Krueger makes an unexpected cameo in Mortal Kombat from 9th August, Warner Bros Interactive has announced.
Here's what he can do.
Weatherman Rain will be available to download for Mortal Kombat 9 on 19th July - next Tuesday.
The purple ninja that controls rain and lightning will cost either 400 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live Marketplace or £3.19 on PlayStation Network.
Rain will be able to encapsulate fighters in bubbles of water, call down lightning bolts, disappear and reappear in puddles of water and produce a nifty array of kicks.
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The Mortal Kombat Kenshi downloadable content launches on 5th July, Warner Bros. has announced.
That's a Tuesday, and relates to the DLC's Xbox Live launch. In Europe on the PlayStation Network it goes a day later, on Wednesday 6th July.
At least, that's what we hope. The Mortal Kombat Skarlet DLC was mysteriously absent from the European PlayStation Store following its US launch.
Mortal Kombat's missing fighter Skarlet has turned up on PlayStation 3, just in time for the weekend.
A DLC season pass for the Xbox 360 version of Mortal Kombat arrives later this month, publisher Warner Bros Interactive has announced.
Female ninja up for downloadable grabs.
NetherRealm has updated fighting game Mortal Kombat to implement balance changes.
As Eurogamer revealed last month, the developer is able to tweak the game without having players download an update.
It has now down so, as revealed by Test Your Might.
Mysterious red ninja Skarlet will be sold as downloadable content for Mortal Kombat "in the next few weeks", NetherRealm has announced.
Mortal Kombat has unseated Pokémon Black/White at the top of the monthly US sales chart.
Mortal Kombat is the only game released in 2011 to feature in the latest Xbox Live usage top 10, according to last week's global unique user chart.
King of the kill.
On the day of Mortal Kombat's UK launch, series creator Ed Boon has recounted the controversy that marred the very first game in the gory fighting series.
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Mortal Kombat creator NetherRealm has devised a new technology that allows it to re-balance the game dynamically without players noticing.
Last month marked the 20th anniversary of the most important fighting game ever made, and although I dare not speak its name in this opening paragraph, it shows how far the genre has progressed in two decades. It also highlights those series which started out as fresh ideas, and then thanks to a steady supply of subtle tweaks and major leaps, evolved into the current cream of the combative crop.
Virtua Fighter pioneered the polygon punch-up and now has a daunting degree of depth. Tekken introduced limb-based controls and today is rich with command lists and extreme juggling. And although Soul Blade was once described as Tekken with weapons, it paved the way for SoulCalibur and the 8-Way Run system. But in comparison to these mechanical innovators, Mortal Kombat has been riddled with creative decay for the last 15 years.
This Mortal Kombat is a revamp that returns to the series' roots while taking notes from the competition. We're back to a 2D fighting plane with a five-button layout that delivers punches and kicks in ambidextrous variations. The combo system retains the uppercuts and sweeps that old-school fans will instantly recognise and each character has a selection of one-hit strikes and multi-hit assaults that can be combined with their special attacks.
Online pass isn't just right for upcoming fighting game Mortal Kombat, it's right for all games.
The PlayStation 3 version of fighting game Mortal Kombat – out this week – includes God of War star Kratos as an exclusive playable character. Xbox 360 owners, however, do not get an exclusive character. Why?
The answer is shrouded in mystery.
"Unfortunately, the circumstances didn't allow us to make a 360 exclusive," was all Mortal Kombat boss Ed Boon could say when quizzed by Eurogamer.
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First look at the new live action project.
A nine-part Mortal Kombat: Legacy live action video series begins next week, Warner Bros. has announced.
A huge bust up.
Fighting game Mortal Kombat will force those who buy a second hand copy of the game to pay to play it online, according to a new report.
A leaked image has revealed the full roster of playable characters in upcoming fighting game Mortal Kombat.
The Mortal Kombat Kollector's Edition is a GAME and Gamestation exclusive in the UK and costs £49.99.
Rocksteady Studios (Batman: Arkham City) and NetherRealm Studios (Mortal Kombat) will exclusively use Unreal Engine 3 until 2014.
Warner Bros. Interactive has announced a tournament designed to unearth the UK's best Mortal Kombat player.
The final will be held at The Gadget Show Live in the NEC in Birmingham on Sunday 17TH April. First prize: a full size Mortal Kombat arcade machine containing PS3 console.
To make it through to the final, though, you'll have to enter the qualifying rounds, which take place from 14th March to 4th April at GAME and Gamestation stores across the UK. There's more information over at the Mortal Kombat Facebook UK Tournament Event page.
Brutal fighting game Mortal Kombat is playable in 2D and stereoscopic 3D - at the same time.
A Mortal Kombat demo will be offered first to PlayStation Plus subscribers on 8th March.
Latest gameplay from the upcoming fighter.
NetherRealm Studios will bring the classic Test Your Might mini-game from the first Mortal Kombat game kicking and screaming into the current generation with a special mode for the new, upcoming Mortal Kombat.
The impending Mortal Kombat reboot has been denied release in Australia, the game's publisher has announced.
Brutal PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 fighting game Mortal Kombat will launch in the UK on Thursday 21st April, Warner Bros. has confirmed to Eurogamer.
That's three days later than the previously announced 18th April UK release date.
It launches in the US on 19th April.
Anyone for spare ribs?
Warner Bros. reboot of the Mortal Kombat fighting series will launch here on 18th April, the publisher has announced.
Developer NetherRealm Studios is working with original creator Ed Boon to breathe new life into the IP.
Among the fighters confirmed for the new game are Cyrax, Ermac, Jade, Jax, Johnny Cage, Kitana, Kung Lao, Mileena, Nightwolf, Raiden, Reptile, Scorpion, Sektor, Shao Kahn, Sindel, Sonya, and Sub-Zero.
A 10-episode web series based on gory fighting game series Mortal Kombat is in the works, the wonderfully-named website Bloody Disgusting reports.
Kick him in the nuts.
What big teeth she has.
Jade and Goro have both made it into this year's version of Mortal Kombat, according to a preview in US magazine Game Informer.
You'll be able to square up to the new back-to-basics Mortal Kombat from April 2011, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive has confirmed.
God of War star enters the fight.
A new Spike VGA trailer released for Mortal Kombat has confirmed God of War's Kratos as a playable fighter. Check it out below.
We knew this already, of course – the news was inadvertently leaked by the Official PlayStation Magazine last week.
Kratos will have his own fatalities, combat moves and God of War themed arena. Kratos won't, however, turn up in the game's story mode, but, let's be honest, who plays fighting games for the story?
God of War creator David Jaffe has blurted out obscenities again. When mulling how Kratos might dispatch his foes in Mortal Kombat, Jaffe suggested the Greek powerhouse would "f*** the s*** out of Sonya and Katana at the same motherf***ing time!!!".
Angry God of War star Kratos will be a playable character in upcoming gory fighting game Mortal Kombat.
Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has revealed that he sympathised with much of the outrage that surrounded the release of the first game in his ultra-violent fighting franchise.
Sting in the tail.
The new Mortal Kombat is the first game in the series to be targeted at serious beat 'em up fans, reckons series created Ed Boon.
Third-party developers are already working with PSP2 units and, according to one, "it's a pretty powerful machine."
Gladiator be here.
Kombat an eyelid at these.
Ed Boon's NetherRealm Studios has been working on putting 3D into the next Mortal Kombat for "a few months now".
On 3D, fatalities, X-ray kills and taking us back to the nineties.
Warner Bros. has announced the development of a new Mortal Kombat game for release on PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2011.