Remember this trailer for the upcoming retro-meets-new-school Mortal Kombat 9 that appeared mere hours after this other trailer suddenly made everyone super excited about the word "fatality" again?

Never one to look a gift horse in the publicity stunt, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has begun a slow unveiling of MK9's deadly finishing moves, kicking things off with some inspired killin' courtesy of series' regulars Scorpion and Kung "Call Me Oddjob One More Time Motherfucker!" Lao.

Hit the jump for the gory orgy.

(Science: Palindromes kick almost as much ass as the word "Gorgy.")

First up we've got Scorpion with an imaginative, pleasantly acrobatic use of his iconic spear whip. While this will never eclipse the yellow ninja's classic, incendiary "Toasty!" kill, the level of unrealistic brutality and rapacious violence bodes well for the future of the Mortal Kombat series.

At the very least, the developers have some idea of what it is that we long-time MK fans want to see in our fighters. Gold star!

Next up we have Kung Lao demonstrating his capacity for vivisection via hat brim, and sadly, I'm left a little cold by this one. When I first witnessed the build up to this attack in the recent MK9 trailer (the one attached to the very top of this post), I suppose my imagination must have filled in the bits where the video cut away from the fatality with insanely disturbing images. Mannequins made of porcelain with half their heads caved in, weathered Polaroids of Queen Elizabeth II stuffing kittens in a burlap sack during World War II; y'know, that sort of thing.

Thus, I'm not sure what I was expecting from the actual fatality. It's technically sound, lots of blood and guts in it, and I like the idea that Kung Lao's hat, on contact with the ground, meets the corpse of Isaac Newton and has the following conversation:

Isaac Newton: "Pray, who comes a-rapping? A-rapping at my chamber door?"
Isaac Newton: "What do you mean 'gravity is Bzzt-bzzt?"
Kung Lao's hat: "BZZZZ-BRRRR-BZZT? BZZT!"
Isaac Newton: "What do you mean Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica is 'muggle bullshit propaganda?' Also, what's a muggle?"
Isaac Newton: "What do you mean this poofy wig looks gay?!"

... and the rest (including Sir Isaac Newton's famous gunfight atop the Aggro Crag) you'll easily recall from your middle school science courses.