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Angry Video Game Nerd Versus Mortal Kombat Ports
AVGN plays OG MK on major home systems.

With an animated retelling of plot coming in Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge, and rumors of a modern remake; nostalgia for the original arcade Mortal Kombat is becoming surprisingly prescient. In the latest installment of the Angry Video Game Nerd webseries, AVGN is taking fans back to the past to play the MK home ports that... Well, you get the idea. Watch it here:

It seems like everyone is reexamining the original Mortal Kombat home ports. Digital Foundry put together the definitive study in their DF Retro episode, examining technical differences in just about every version. AVGN keeps the focus on the major Nintendo and Sega releases for a fairly gimmick-free review from a fan's perspective.

AVGN tackles the standard measure of graphics, music, and controls that defined the Mortal Kombat home experience during the great console war of 1993. All the usual suspects are there, including the oddity of Nintendo's censored "sweat" and the Sega Blood Code, as well as the frustrations of various adapted control schemes, such as the Gameboy and Game Gear. The episode also recalls the previous Mortal Monday look back.

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You can also revisit Cinemassacre's reviews of The Journey Begins and MK Annihilation, or just nerd out about the original game in the comments below. If you wish to immerse yourself in the retro MK trilogy the 2D Kombat Klassics forum is for you!

Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge Red Band Trailer
Extreme violence! Bad language!

The gloves were off at Final Kombat for the unveiling of the Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge red band trailer. Extreme violence and bad language are on the menu as kombat's most popular icons star in an exciting new retelling of the klassic Mortal Kombat mythology! Watch:

Scorpion takes center stage in the red band trailer, unleashed in a baptism of fire and blood as he takes the journey from family man Hanzo Hasashi, to the vengeful spirit of the murdered Shirai Ryu clan! All the players are here in this faithful adaptation, with Quan Chi and the elder Sub-Zero shaping the spectre who will haunt Shang Tsung's Mortal Kombat tournament!

Patrick Seitz stars as Scorpion, with Jordan Rodrigues as Liu Kang, Jennifer Carpenter as Sonya Blade, Joel McHale as Johnny Cage featuring in a retelling of the klassic story in a whole new way. All indications are this one will be for the hardcore fans!

Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge debuts digitally April 12th, and on home media April 28th with a raft of bonus features!

See more of Scorpion's Revenge in the first trailer and catch up on all the announcement details. Then tell us what you think in the comments section below. Find more on Mortal Kombat Legends in the Media & Merchandise forum.

Spawn Raises Hell in Mortal Kombat 11 Reveal Trailer
Born in darkness. Sworn to kombat!

The sixth and final fighter from Mortal Kombat 11's Kombat Pack has been a long time coming. At last, Spawn has arisen from Hell, unleashing the powers of darkness in a new gameplay trailer revealed during Final Kombat! See it for yourself right here:

Its been a gruelling ten months since Spawn was first officially announced. The latest trailer finally showcases the gameplay that had Todd McFarlane buzzing about the "crazy stuff" he can do!

The trailer perfectly pits Spawn against Scorpion in the intro, where he unleashes the chains of Hell against Mortal Kombat's famous ninja spectre. Spawn has many more tricks than Hanzo Hasashi, wielding his living cape, automatic weapons, a battle axe, sword, and the burning green necroplasm that is the source of his powers.

When it's time to finish the battle, his infernal chains and cape strip the opponent of their living flesh for a dramatic fatality. In his standard win pose, he's dragged back to Hell to face the sneering gaze of the devil that created him - Malebolgia!

Fan-favourite animated series actor Keith David lends gravitas to the voice of Al Simmons in intros. Die hard fans of Spawn should be able to find plenty to love about the latest gaming incarnation of the comic book anti-hero. You can examine the basic Spawn design closer in previously released official render art.

The comic book guest fighter isn't the only Spawn coming to early access downloads on March 17th! In the tradition of the DC inspired Cassie Quinn skin; Jacquit Briggs will receive a "Hellspawn" variant. The Matinee Skin Pack will also offer three new designs: Osh-Tekk Vandal Kotal Kahn, Swashbuckler Erron Black, and Space Marine Jacqui. Enlarge thumbnails below and rewatch the trailer for a closer look.

Spawn concludes the MK11 Kombat Pack downloadable content, which has also brought us Shang Tsung, Nightwolf, Sindel, and guest characters The Terminator and Joker. What's next for the hit fighting game? Share your thoughts about Spawn in the comments below and pledge your soul to the Mortal Kombat 11 for more!

Watch: Final Kombat Tournament & Reveals Live Stream
Pro Kompetition and Trailer Reveals!

The time for Final Kombat has finally arrived! Despite changes to attendance, the tournament final takes place in Chicago today! Watch all the action and reveal trailers live right here:

Final Kombat continues as advertised, boasting the Top 16 players in a final confrontation for Mortal Kombat 11 supremacy! The action will also break for the premiere unveiling of guest fighter Spawn and the red band trailer for animated feature Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge!

You can keep track of the tournament action with the bracket above. Finalize your reactions to all the unfolding battles and trailers as they happen by attacking the comments below! Find more to talk about by transitioning into the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Final Kombat Live Attendance Cancelled
Coronavirus concerns cancel crowd.

Concerns for the spread of COVID-19 in the United States has led organizers to cancel live audience attendance at this weekend's FInal Kombat. The late announcement includes the complete cancellation of Saturday's Last Chance Qualifier event, and a closed broadcast of the Top 16 tournament and reveals.

NetherRealm Studios issued an online statement Friday night via social media platforms [pictured below], offering a full refund on General Attendance and Last Chance Qualifier tickets. Attendees who incurred non-refundable hotel and airfare expenses can also seek compensation by contacting organizers at mk@intersportnet.com.

The Final Kombat Pro Kompetition Finals will go ahead as scheduled, pitting the Top 16 Mortal Kombat 11 players against one another in a live streamed finale. There will also be a previously announced broadcast of the first official Spawn gameplay trailer, and red band trailer for April's Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge animated feature.

The outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to unprecedented global response in an effort to curb communal transmission. The BBC reports the virus has caused around 3,000 deaths since December 2019, but World Health Organization officials observe containment efforts successfully slowing the contagion.

Public safety precautions have already claimed several events, with this year's Game Developers Conference postponed and SXSW announcing its cancellation. Even James Bond couldn't beat the virus, delaying the release of No Time To Die by some seven months.

The late cancellation puts a crimp in Final Kombat, but the show will go on. Will you be watching live? Tell us in the comments below to share your thoughts and spread to the Mortal Kombat 11 forum for more.