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The Definitive Ranking of the Mortal Kombat Palette-Swapped Ninjas

I’m going to say this right now to get it out of the way and establish it in stone for posterity: If I ever start a band, the band name is going to be “Palette-Swapped Ninjas”. I’ve been sitting on that one for awhile, so don’t steal it. And it’s a great lead into today’s topic: definitively ranking the palette-swapped Ninjas from Mortal Kombat. You know’em, you love’em, so let’s take a look at’em!

MK Ninja Ranking 01

Mortal Kombat 11 comes out this week and features a couple of these characters. For reasons I can barely explain, I am deeply invested in the Mortal Kombat lore. I love the characters. I love the story. And I especially love every single palette-swapped ninja, no matter the crazy weird back story. As such, we’re going to have some fun ranking and discussing all of those kolorful kooks!

Join me after the jump for the definitive ranking! And if I messed up somewhere, please share your own thoughts in the comments!

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Some More Trailers for Neat Star Wars Stuff!

Star Wars Celebration went on all weekend, and after the big real of Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker and it’s trailer, we’ve now got trailers for a new video game and the resurrected season of the Clone Wars cartoon. So neat Star Wars stuff is still coming to our universe!

First up, let’s check out that sweet Clone Wars trailer!

Looks pretty neat! I was late in getting on board both Clone Wars and Rebels, but both turned out great! So another batch of Clone Wars episode should be sweet!

Then there’s the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It’s supposed to be a single-player game about a young padawan rising to become a Jedi in the post-Revenge of the Sith time period. I’m more hesitant about this.

I’ll see what the reviews say before I buy this game. This is a character/setting combination we’ve seen plenty of times before. Kanan Jarrus from Star Wars Rebels was exactly this. And I’m rather bummed that the main character is your standard bland white guy with brown hair. They couldn’t have come up with an alien padawan? Those existed, you know!

Sadly, Star Wars didn’t release the trailer for The Mandalorian TV show, despite playing it for the audience at Celebration. Wonder why they held that one back. Maybe they want to give it its own big release in a couple months.

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Realistic Computer-Animated Animal Technology is Really Good These Days

A couple new movie trailers arrived yesterday to wow us with how cool animals look in CGI these days! Animals and Pokemon!

Oh man, look how cool those Pokemon are! I’m pretty sure that trailer only exists because the world has gone crazy for the Detective Pikachu critters! I know I have. And those are some real greats buried in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-them montage. All this movie has to do to advertise is show more of the Pokemon!

And all the live action Lion King remake has to do is exist, honestly. Just show the animals and play the classic songs and scenes and you’ve got yourself a trailer!

Looks great! I really enjoyed the live action Jungle Book, so I have high hopes for this film. Dumbo was a dud, but the Lion King has hope.

Though am I the only one disappointed that Scar isn’t a different color? I realize his cartoon color probably wasn’t natural for lions, but he looks too…normal in this trailer.

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6 Things I Want to See in a Pokemon Cinematic Universe

With the Detective Pikachu movie already hyped up beyond belief, there was talk recently of a potential Pokemon Cinematic Universe. Word has it that the studio behind Detective Pikachu is already working on a Pokemon Red and Blue movie set in the same world, with all these awesome and adorable realistic-looking animated Pokemon.

Bring it on, I say!

Pokemon CU List 01

He’s so fuzzy!

Like everyone else in the world, I am mesmerized by the Pokemon in the Detective Pikachu movie trailers. They look so amazing! Adorable and realistic and crazy to exist! I have been a Pokemon fan since the Pokemon Red and Blue games first came out. I’ve got my favorites and I’ve got my hopes and dreams. And since I probably won’t be able to play Pokemon Sword and Shield, this movie franchise might be just what I need to get my Pokemon fix.

Seriously, I never stopped playing Pokemon Go. I’m that deep.

Join me after the jump for what I’d like from a Pokemon Cinematic Universe!

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Is Ultimate Temptation

The next generation of Pokemon games is here! Pokemon Sword and Shield will be released on the Nintendo Switch later this year, marking the very first time a main Pokemon game will come to a console instead of the Nintendo handheld.

Which is the very reason I probably won’t get to play this one.

The video looks great! The graphics, the world, the everything; it looks like the classic Pokemon game, while reveling in the true size and power of a console. It’s everything we Pokemon fans could possibly want!

Except I’m probably not about to shell out $300 for a Nintendo Switch.

Here are the new starters. I think I’m leaning towards the grass starter. Looks like a parrot/monkey hybrid. Though I’ll save my final decision for when I see their final evolutions.

Pokemon Sword Shield 01

Though I’ll probably never get to play.

Look, I thought I’d sworn off consoles years ago by switching to full-time Steam games on PC. Then I went and splurged $400 on a Playstation 4 last year! Now you expect me to spend another $300 on a Nintendo Switch just so that I can play Pokemon Sword and/or Shield?

Granted, there’s a bunch of other Switch games I’d love to play, but I’m not made of money for video game consoles! And granted, I bought both my Nintendo DS and my Nintendo 3DS specifically to play the newly released Pokemon game, and rarely ever played any other handheld games. But I largely regretted spending so much just to play the new Pokemon game.

So no, this isn’t happening. I’m not buying a Nintendo Switch.

Probably.

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