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Mortal Kombat (2011)

Discussing Mortal Kombat (2011) and Komplete Edition (2012).
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Mick-LuciferPosted: 04/01/2012 07:15 PMStatus ::
NetherRealm Studios Release Exclusive Discarded Character Sketches

With a long and storied history of humor characters and discarded near-misses, April 1st seemed like an appropriate time to take stock of some of the kombatants who nearly rejoined the franchise in its most recent iteration. Afterall, April officially marks the first anniversary of the game that relaunched the franchise, in 2011!

EDIT (Apr. 2): Did we fool you? Of course not, you're far too brilliant for that! You've gotta admit, we made it easy for you, this year. Thanks to Pedro Cruz for his involvement in our annual fooly fool. Make sure you don't miss our lookback at some of the classic fake characters and April Fools in our latest feature article! See you next year!

In an exclusive reveal for Mortal Kombat Online, NetherRealm Studios have provided design sketches for four characters who nearly made it in, but were omitted in the eleventh hour. They represent all tiers of the new and old -- unused fan-favourites, a long rumored joke character, and a brand new fighter, never before seen. Don't get too discouraged, either.

WB Assistant Community Manager, Elisa Profillo, advises that while there is no official announcement to be made yet, copies of Mortal Kombat and the recent Komplete Edition [released Feb. 28], are both able to support mutually available downloadable content.

Discarded 2011 Characters - SareenaDiscarded 2011 Characters - TremorDiscarded 2011 Characters - Aqua

Avoiding any confusion, Profillo confirms the mock designs are: Sareena, Tremor, Aqua, and a new character called Wu Lae.

Introduced in the 1997 spin-off, Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero; Sareena began life as a love interest for then-Sub-Zero, Bi-Han, a demonic servant of Quan Chi. After appearing as an exclusive addition to the Gameboy Advance Deadly Alliance port, Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition, she advanced to her most fully realised role, as a playable character in Armageddon. Sareena is one of the characters who appears fighting inconsequentially in the background of The Pit stage, in the most recent game.

Like Sareena, Tremor first appeared in one of MKs early spin-off attempts, the much maligned 2000 third-person shooter, Mortal Kombat: Special Forces. Originally conceived for Mortal Kombat Trilogy, the character is widely rumored to have appeared misprint in some materials, ultimately replaced by Rain. Despite his relative obscurity, the character has remained a popular request within the fanbase. A recent tweet by series co-creator, Ed Boon, reflects the pariah state the character has often held in development, described as [visually] "... too much like Scorpion." Tremor is a physically imposing former Lin Kuei fighter, who defected to the Black Dragon clan.

Another character rumored from the Mortal Kombat Trilogy era is Aqua: a comically duck-billed ninja with an environmentalist revenge plot. Best known from appearances in UK PlayStation magazines, the character has long been presumed to be a prank endorsed by Avalanche Studios, GT Interactive, or others involved in porting PAL versions of the title. While material has been extracted from appropriate versions, the character has rarely been acknowledged beyond vague references and innuendo. It is likely Aqua was replaced by the more appropriate rumor character, Skarlet, who shared similar origins before appearing.

No information has been provided for Wu Lae [pictured top], but the brand new character certainly has a striking design. Somewhat medieval in appearance, the character appears adorned in armored tunic and spikes. With the game set in the past and demand high for returning favourites, it seems reasonable that Wu Lae was simply one of the many designs to have been cut in the twenty year history of the series. Addition: It has come to our attention that Wu Lae actually appeared previously in Armageddon, during Konquest mode sequences in Arktica. A member of the Tengu clan, this means the majority of these characters have a common association through the Lin Kuei.

In the coming months, Mortal Kombat Online hopes to share more retrospective content as we look back on twenty years of blood, sweat, and... more blood. For direct updates, follow @MK_Online and like us on Facebook. Thanks to PsychoFight and Niles Rainey for providing info.

ShadalooPosted: 04/01/2012 07:43 PMStatus ::


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Raised an eyebrow, but then I got to Tremor. Didn't even hit Aqua.

Nice, guys!


MK Khronology: 58.49% complete...
Tyrant-CenobitePosted: 04/01/2012 07:48 PMStatus ::


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This was a bit late to the party...

IamTheSPosted: 04/01/2012 07:51 PMStatus ::


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If ya'lls are gonna do this, why would you pretend Wu Lae is new?

Vash_15Posted: 04/01/2012 08:16 PMStatus ::


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This would've been funny had I not remembered Aqua from a bunch of fake ad's on ]{'s site.

PsychoFightPosted: 04/01/2012 08:53 PMStatus ::


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Wu Lae is not entirely a new character.

He was in Mortal Kombat Armageddon's Konquest Mode...when Taven's going through Arktica to reach the Lin Kuei Temple. He and the Tengu clan attack him. Taven whips his ass and Wu Lae's all, "OK, OK, I'm sorry!" Kinda funny, heh heh...

We'll probably see him again.

redmanPosted: 04/01/2012 09:12 PMStatus ::


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OMG THATS WHY QUAN CHI YELLS

WU LAE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mick-LuciferPosted: 04/01/2012 09:36 PMStatus ::


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Tyrant-Cenobite Wrote:
This was a bit late to the party...

Hrm. Didn't know this was up anywhere else, thought it was exclusive.

PsychoFight Wrote:
Wu Lae is not entirely a new character.

Thanks!

Better The Devil you know...
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(Erik)Posted: 04/01/2012 10:08 PMStatus ::


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They should have been in the game!

Tyrant-CenobitePosted: 04/01/2012 10:10 PMStatus ::


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Mick-Lucifer Wrote:
Tyrant-Cenobite Wrote:
This was a bit late to the party...


Hrm. Didn't know this was up anywhere else, thought it was exclusive.



Late for April Fools

Rockchalk5477Posted: 04/01/2012 10:21 PMStatus ::


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I would actually like to see Wu Lae playable someday.
His cowardliness in MK:A was rather funny.

Too bad Sareena didn't make it in.

Mick-LuciferPosted: 04/01/2012 10:24 PMStatus ::


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Tyrant-Cenobite Wrote:
Late for April Fools

Oh, haha. You had me worried for a minute there! Good one!

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Ninja_MimePosted: 04/01/2012 11:18 PMStatus ::


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Sareena is awesome, but the last thing we need is more ninjas. I wish NRS would stick to their guns about not re-introducing Tremor.

Wu Lae could potentially be cool, but I can't imagine what kind of abilities have. What did he do in MKA?

Rockchalk5477Posted: 04/01/2012 11:29 PMStatus ::


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Ninja_Mime Wrote:Wu Lae could potentially be cool, but I can't imagine what kind of abilities have. What did he do in MKA?

He fought with a large scythe.
That's about it (as he wasn't fought in 'Kombat.')

@Noob7Smoke - He's probably just being Ed Boon.

Noob7SmokePosted: 04/01/2012 11:36 PMStatus ::


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Hahaha nevermind

big thanks to flameshang for the sig.
AsesinoPosted: 04/02/2012 12:51 AMStatus ::


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The last thing we need is more people talking we don't need more ninjas.Tremor FTW!

RazorsEdge701Posted: 04/02/2012 03:01 AMStatus ::


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I should've guessed this was fake when I saw Aqua since Mick's the only guy on the entire internet who likes to reference that dude. But I never remember when it's April Fools Day since I don't "celebrate" it myself.

So who drew the pics? The duckbill was a nice touch...though you forgot Sareena's shoulder tats.

raidenthefridgePosted: 04/02/2012 04:29 AMStatus ::


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12 years later and Tremor is still a pallette swap! and in Black and white!

Thanks to MINION for taking my Siginity!
AirRunPosted: 04/02/2012 05:17 AMStatus ::


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Can't get enough of ninjas. BRING IN TREMOR AND AQUA!
Aqua is too amazing, the name!, the duckbill! The comedy!

raidenthefridgePosted: 04/02/2012 09:23 AMStatus ::


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Aqua, Y U SO DUCKFACE?

Thanks to MINION for taking my Siginity!
Dragonkeeper1982Posted: 04/02/2012 09:37 AMStatus ::


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This would be a great 1 year later DLC Pack, since NRS did add DLC characters that were not-on-disk, so it's still very possible; plus whatever happened to them at hard work on motion-capturing and all?

I remember NRS saying that Frost, Tanya, Fujin, and another rumored character from the past (maybe Tremor or Hornbuckle) were to be added but never happened.

RazorsEdge701Posted: 04/02/2012 10:22 AMStatus ::


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Dragonkeeper1982 Wrote:
I remember NRS saying that Frost, Tanya, Fujin, and another rumored character from the past (maybe Tremor or Hornbuckle) were to be added but never happened.


If I remember right, the exact list was Ed Boon asking people to vote on Twitter for Rain, Tanya, Fujin, Shinnok, or Cyber-Smoke as DLC.

Rain of course won.

ZmokePosted: 04/02/2012 10:47 AMStatus ::


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"Aqua: a comically duck-billed ninja with an environmentalist revenge plot."

That was a good one.

Wu Lae could somehow be considered as an orange ninja though his original attire doesn't remind of a palette-swap ninja too much, luckily. I'd love to see this cowardly grim reaper on stage again. What comes to special moves, perhaps they could involve snow–like snowstorms that slow you down–and the scythe of course.

daryuiPosted: 04/02/2012 11:02 AMStatus ::


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RazorsEdge701 Wrote:
Dragonkeeper1982 Wrote:
I remember NRS saying that Frost, Tanya, Fujin, and another rumored character from the past (maybe Tremor or Hornbuckle) were to be added but never happened.




If I remember right, the exact list was Ed Boon asking people to vote on Twitter for Rain, Tanya, Fujin, Shinnok, or Cyber-Smoke as DLC.



Rain of course won.


I'm certain the list was Rain, Tanya, Kenshi, Shinnok, Cyber-Smoke, and "New Character."

And that Fujin talk sparked from that leak with the announcer saying his name. I'm sure he was planned in some form, but scrapped.

RazorsEdge701Posted: 04/02/2012 11:20 AMStatus ::


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Ah, you're right. I remember now that when the announcer saying Fujin leaked, Boon almost immediately de-confirmed any chance of Fujin making it into the game.

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