June 1st, 2014
2:36 PM CST -
With only 20 hours left in Ed Boon's countdown it appears that Amazon UK has listed "Mortal Kombat X" on it's store The game is listed to be available for the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. The game was also given a release date of 2015, which fits NetherRealm's previous games schedules to announce at E3 and then release the following spring.

If "Mortal Kombat X" is actually the shipping title, and not just the code name, then I anticipate that the X in the title is not to be officially pronounced "Ten" but rather the letter "X" and may be tied to the story line of the game. It would be confusing to most people to call the game Ten since the next game would be a sequel to 2011's Mortal Kombat.

Stay tuned because Kombat Kontinues tomorrow at 8am Central Time! Are you ready?

Thanks to @WesleyLPBR for the news tip!

Update: The listings were pulled sometime overnight last night.

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May 28th, 2014
1:52 PM CST -
A mysterious poster that is said to be a "Mortal Kombat Teaser" poster has appeared on the internet. It was initially posted to Reddit and soon after showed up on NeoGAF and beyond from there.

The poster is all black and features a broken spine along with a slightly different MK dragon logo. At the bottom of the poster are the words "Who's Next?" in the Mortal Kombat title font.

Keep in mind we have no further information on this at this time, but a now deleted comment on Reddit said it was sent to a GameStop store labeled as simply "Malcolm". A reference to Malcolm X where X = 10 in roman numerals maybe? (Thanks to @subzerosmokerai for digging these details up)

For the next few hours fans arguing over the images legitimacy, especially noting the changed dragon logo as proof it was faked. Then around 4pm CT the Official Mortal Kombat Facebook page and both @NetherRealm & Ed Boon's Twitter profiles were updated with the new revised MK Dragon Logo along with the "Who's Next?" tag line logo.

Get excited fans, feels like a new MK is on the horizon. Luckily we likely don't have long to wait as Ed Boon's "kountdown" ends on Monday.
April 30th, 2014
8:46 PM CST -
Welcome to issue #2 of The NetherReport. It's a bit later than usual, but I've been quite busy the last few months with stuff back on the Earth Realm. We have a few more stories than last month, so many I had to cut them out. Maybe those on the cutting room floor will make it back next issue.

Kitana and Mileena Voice Actress in “Mortal Kombat 2”

Karen Strassman the voice actress for both Kitana and Mileena in Mortal Kombat (2011) now has a supporting role in "Mortal Kombat 2" listed on her video game voice over resume. This happened last time with many actors in Mortal Kombat 9 listing their roles, so it's not surprising. So it's likely there is a new Mortal Kombat in the works, but this doesn't give us much more to go on at this time. I honestly believe her more than I believe Keifer.

Announcing TRMK's E3 2014 Coverage

On that note, we are now announcing that TRMK will be covering E3 2014 from the show floor this year. This is a special one for us as 15 years ago we covered our first E3 in 1999 from the show floor. In 1999 they had both Mortal Kombat Gold and Mortal Kombat Special Forces on display, which really shows how long ago that was.

We don't know what, if anything, will be unveiled from NetherRealm Studios but we're planning on being there incase they do. Typically they've done major game releases every two years. Based on that we're guessing that the next game will be revealed just before E3 in early June along with a E3 booth for demoing the game at the show.

My hope? I hope that NetherRealm Studios reboots their classic game The Grid for next generation consoles. But more than likely it's the next installment in the Mortal Kombat series, but why not do both I say! So stay tuned, we think it's going to be an exciting year!

Mortal Kombat Legacy Season 3?

Good news for the fans of the MK Legacy series, after leaving the series publicly last October Kevin Tancharoen is now discussing coming back for a third digital series.

Scorpion vs Power Rangers

Flippin The Script met Chris Casamassa, who played Scorpion in the Mortal Kombat feature films, to get his take on the White Ranger vs Scorpion. Check out his response below:

How Superman Led to Mortal Kombat and the ESRB

Very informative video how Superman connects to Mortal Kombat and the ESRB. Ed Boon then tweeted a map of the flow chart that made the video possible.

MK Arcade Hardware Info

Kommunity arcade hardware expert YourMKArcadeSource has put together a nice detailed series of videos, below, detailing the hardware of each of the Mortal Kombat arcade boards. If you are interested in buying or collecting these, it's a must watch.

Sub-Zero in Crisis

Sub-Zero himself John Turk is on the new NBC drama Crisis which was filmed in Chicago. John plays head secret service agent Hank Clemson starting with Episode 3.

Missed it? You can watch old episodes on Hulu.

UFC Fighter prefers Mortal Kombat

UFC pro fighter Frankie Edgar told TMZ he prefers Mortal Kombat to Street Fighter in this interview on the street.

PS4 Firmware 1.70 Released

Today Firmware update 1.70 was released for the PlayStation 4. It comes with a built in video editing app and HDCP disable option for HDMI capture devices. They also made some Twitch streaming improvements as well. All of these fixes are really handy for those playing Injustice for the PS4 and want to stream their games.

Denim Ninja Cosplay Meme

This denim Mortal Kombat ninja crazy took the internet by storm last week. Many variations were created as people tried to out do one another. I especially like the Raiden one below.

Galloping Ghost Arcade Expansion Kickstarter

Our friends over at the Galloping Ghost Arcade here in Chicagoland are running a Kickstarter to expand their business. If they are successful they could end up being the largest arcade in not just the Midwest, but the world! I recommend backing their project because of all the support they have given the MK Kommunity time and time again.

More MK2 ROM Hacking

Another great MK2 arcade hack was released recently. This time a fully playable Jade, Smoke & Noob Saibot were made playable on MAME with some cheat files. Check out the Jade game play through below.

Injustice Year 2 Issue #4

Today the 4th print issue of the comic Injustice Year 2 was released. You can find it at your local comic book store or on the various digital comic stores. I'd tell you how it was, but I forgot to go get my copy at lunch today.

That's it for this issue, hope it was as good for you as it was for me. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us @TRMK on Twitter for NetherRealm Studios coverage as it happens.
March 3rd, 2014
9:34 AM CST -
Welcome to the first issue of "The NetherReport" a little experiment we at TRMK are trying out.

There are a lot of content pertaining to NetherRealm Studios' games that we share to our Twitter and Facebook pages. But often times this content and/or our thoughts on it doesn't feel big or substantial enough for a post of their own. We will now collect this content along with our commentary in this new format.

It won't be just one person doing the writing either. We'll have others take a stab at various features as well each issue. For instance this first issue features a story about Galloping Ghost Arcade by our own Brian "RIPLIUKANG" Kita.

We're aiming to do one new issue a month, but sometimes more based upon how many stories we've collected. So when things pick up as a new game approaches you'll hopefully see these more often.

Kiefer Sutherland In Next Mortal Kombat?

Recently, IGN reported the following:

While discussing his role as Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Sutherland said, “I did Mortal Kombat, and that's such a huge game, but it’s so not like [Metal Gear Solid 5]."

Every gaming outlet listed this story as "confirmed" because of one simple statement in an interview? Why didn't the interviewer follow up with more questioning?

I don't believe it. If Kiefer was involved in a unannounced project his handler would have had any response referencing said project stricken from the record. Instead I bet he was talking about his substantial role in Call of Duty: World at War and simply confused the two "huge" franchises. So don't be too disappointed if he doesn't show up in whatever NetherRealm Studios is working on next.

Galloping Ghost Arcade Draws Big Names, Big Crowds
Written by Brian "RIPLIUKANG" Kita

It was a great day to be a Mortal Kombat fan, as fans from around Chicagoland descended upon the Galloping Ghost Arcade on January 18th to meet and greet with five former actors of the games. Over 100 people were in attendance, with several more watching the simulcast on the arcade's Twitch channel, wanting to get a chance to shake hands, receive and autograph, and snap a photo with John Parrish (Jax), Phillip Ahn (MK2 Shang Tsung), Daniel Pesina (Johnny Cage, MK 1-2 Ninjas), Rich Divizio (Kano, Quan Chi, Baraka, Kabal), and Tony Marquez (Kung Lao). All the actors were in high spirits throughout the day, renewing friendships with their fellows, some of whom they haven't seen in years.

Tournaments went on throughout the night in MK1, MK2, Ultimate MK 3 and the 2011 Mortal Kombat reboot. Professional and casual players alike competed for glory well into the night. GGA fighting game team member Mohammad Mansour (Moe30W) was able to secure victory in the MK2, UMK3, and 2011 MK tournaments, with the original MK compeititon going to attendee Nathan G.

The owner of the Galloping Ghost Arcade, Doc Mack, was 'gracious' to have these guests come out to the arcade, and was happy to see the fans show up in droves in appreciation. As a token of their commitment to their commitment to Mortal Kombat as a whole, Doc presented each of the actors with a plaque recognizing their contributions to the game and to the community it has created.

Below is our YouTube video playlist of the event starting with the awards ceremony and afterwards the tournament streams.

We also uploaded some photos that Brian took at the event to Flickr.

"Ultimate" Mortal Kombat 2 Arcade Hack

An intreped anonymous programmer has been playing around in the Mortal Kombat 2 ROM code and has been working on major gameplay tweaks for the over 20 year old game. Hacking of these arcade games is a lost art that requires a lot of work and time, I should know I made a simple attempt years ago, as well as some 34010 assembly knowledge. I for one thank the mysterious programmer for his/her efforts.

They also had a special early build of the update that debuted at Winter Brawl 2014 and they held a big tournament on it, so check out the footage of the tournament for even more detail. Also check the change log for the Winter Brawl version for more information of the vast changes.

In the video below courtesy of YourMKArcadeSource today you can see some of the latest changes. Changes such as: re-organized select screen layout, new character selection indicator colors, Female characters can be "low blowed" with Cage, always has a red shadow kick, some gameplay tweaks and of course you'll see Cage remove FOUR heads during his Fatality!

Source: YourMKArcadeSource, Test Your Might

MK9 Money Matches on Virgin Gaming

Think you are the best MK9 player around? Care to put money where your mouth is? You can now play Mortal Kombat 9 money matches online on Virgin Gaming. You can go sign up now on VirginGaming.com to get started. Keep in mind that this service is essentially gambling, so please play responsibility.

Tournament Results from So Cal Regions

SoCal Regionals was this past weekend, actually it's still on as I write this Sunday night. Congrats to both EGP FLK PBoard 88 took first place in Mortal Kombat and FRQ|EMPR|THEO won the Injustice tournament. Also congrats to everyone else who competed.

UFGT10:X and CEO Registration Opens

Speaking of tournaments, two majors just opened their registration doors recently. UFGT10:X will be held on May 23-25 in Chicago, IL and you can get more information and register here. CEO 2014 will be held June 27-29 in Orlando, Florida and you can get more information and register here.

Injustice's Fighting Game of The Year Awards

Injustice cleaned up on many outlet's Game of the Year awards at the end of 2013. Here's a quick recap of the more notable awards:

Spike VGX: Best Fighting Game

DICE Awards: Fighting Game of the Year

IGN - Best Fighting Game for PS3, PC and Xbox 360

You can watch Ed Boon accept the game's Spike VGX Award below:

That's it for the first issue, hope you enjoyed it. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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