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Guest writer Michael Dehoyos brings his view on NetherRealm Studios’ Innovations to NerdBastards.

NetherRealm Studios excited may disparate groups when it announced its plans for Mortal Kombat 11 (MK11), the latest installment in the now legendary fighting game. Not only does it seem that the game will appeal to hardcore fans, as well as to many of the game’s more recent converts and gaming enthusiasts, the award-winning developer is also reaching out to long-lost friends: those Kombat players who may have left the game as a nostalgic part of their past.

So with its release set for April 23rd, here is how NetherRealm Studios plans to get casual players on board with MK11:

An opportunity to compete.



Mortal Kombat 11 (MK11) is the latest game in the violently amusing fighter franchise Mortal Kombat, by developer NetherRealm Studios. This latest entry in the blood soaked Mortal Kombat saga that was one of the games responsible for the creation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) in 1994, is both ambitious, and possibly innovative. Though NetherRealm has been very tightlipped about MK11, the few details that are available indicate that the company has made many changes from their previous games including some nostalgia inducing reintroductions to former competitors in the franchise. Here is a list of 11 things you should know about Mortal Kombat 11 before it’s release on April 23rd.



Despite the less than stellar (domestically anyway) returns for Warcraft and The Angry Birds Movie, Hollywood is unlikely to cool on the idea of video game adaptations anytime soon. With Assassin’s Creed hitting the big screen in about a month, and a Minecraft movie and a Tetris trilogy being sent through the development process as we speak, video game movies are going to be a thing for a long time to come. They’re even now getting into reboots of older video game movies it seems, as the long-awaited new big screen version of Mortal Kombat takes a step closer to becoming reality. (more…)


Easter Eggs are always a great find, especially considering how they can boost your nerd cred. From Halo‘s mysterious Monkey-People to Mario Galaxy‘s Shadow People, we all love to obsess about the hidden possibilities behind arbitrarily hidden content. But if the still image of a bunch of blobs on top of a cliff can drive the Internet over the edge, then imagine what an actual dip-switch menu inside an arcade classic could do. We’re talking chaos, mass hysteria, dogs and cats living together, just by tapping the right buttons on your cabinet…


Lots of ‘Mortal Kombat’ Live Action Coming Soon!

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Let’s not kid ourselves; everyone loves Mortal Kombat. A significant percentage of the population began to come to grips with their own mortality and the frailty of the human body by witnessing the brutality and fatalities of Mortal Kombat at a young age. How significant is that percentage? Who knows? Go to for that kind of stuff. This is Mortal Kombat came to us at a time before GTA, a time when the most extreme gaming most parents could imagine was Donkey Kong or Centipede. No spines were torn out and bowels remained securely inside abdomens. Mortal Kombat came along and changed all that, leaving an indelible mark on our hearts. With the Venn diagram of NerdBastards readers falling squarely in the center of Mortal Kombat fans and cinema fans, it’s always big news when we hear about live action adaptations of Mortal Kombat. Different people have differing awareness of Mortal Kombat live action. Some are aware only of the theatrical releases, while others are aware of the wider world of online content. Well, there is huge news today regarding both!



Mortal Kombat has given us some very unique and interesting characters over the years. Aside from the DC Universe crossover, 2011’s “Mortal Kombat” game was the first time we saw some outside characters competing with the folks from the Netherrealm. “Mortal Kombat” gave us Jason Vorhees and the Predator, and a trailer for the upcoming DLC for “Mortal Kombat X” shows that this title will continue to follow suit. The trailer was leaked ahead of the official announcement at The Game Awards last night, but was confirmed at the show. A previous DLC pack already featured Freddy Kruger, but the upcoming pack will feature four characters: Bo Rai Cho, Tri-Borg, Leatherface, and the Xenomorph. (more…)

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It doesn’t really seem all that long ago, but twenty years ago, we were first introduced to the first live action film adaptation of Mortal Kombat. There have been a few more incarnations, such as the mixed bag of Mortal Kombat Legacy, the bag of dicks known as Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, and for one last bag joke, the dumber-than-a-bag-of-hammers Mortal Kombat Live.

Let’s go back to that mystical year of 1995–the MK game series was still dancing (or splattering blood) in our heads, and then we heard the impossible—they were making Mortal Kombat into a movie. Images of bloody spinal cords, gory decapitations,and perhaps a few sweet ‘Flawless Victories’ danced about in our skulls. We speculated that perhaps this would be R rated extreme kung fu violence at its finest.   But we didn’t really get any of that.

Not to complain of course, because the imagination always seems to create a bigger mental hype than the juggernaut that is Hollywood. But let’s take a look back at a few key bits of trivia you might not know about Mortal Kombat. Here we go: (more…)

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When Mortal Kombat started hitting arcades, and then consoles, in the early 90s, part of the visceral thrill was all that computer generated gore, and the super-human ability to deliver such carnage by the various fighters. As the series has expanded, so has the game designers’ ability to render more and more grisly violence, but in the back of your head it’s still all done in computers were the blood is, for all intents and purposes, non-existent. So what if you could experience all those graphic fight scenes as if they were truly as blood-filled and disgusting as they would be in real life? Do you like gore? You better if you press play on this video. (more…)


Thanks to a slip up on the Xbox Marketplace, the next guest fighter in NetherRealm Studios‘ highly anticipated new-gen brawler Mortal Kombat X may have been confirmed to be Predator. Given that Jason Voorhees, another classic horror icon, has already been confirmed for the game, it’s not too difficult to believe that Predator, the ultimate hunter, could be joining the expanding list of kombatants. The creature’s kick ass array of weapons and abilities would fit right in with Mortal Kombat’s brutal fighting style to be sure, and I can’t wait to see what kind of gameplay that translates into. (more…)


Fans of the Mortal Kombat video games have been waiting years for the next entry in the iconic series.  Well, it looks like they won’t have to wait much longer to dole out those Fatalities. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced that the NetherRealm Studios production, Mortal Kombat X will be released on April 14, 2015, and fans who pre-order the game will be cheering the return of a character that they haven’t seen in years. (more…)