Noob Saibot unleashed in new Mortal Kombat trailer

Having given us a glimpse of the new Liu Kang, the logical next reveal for Midway's Mortal Kombat reboot might be some villain profiles or backup characters. But MK has always done things its own way: the latest gameplay trailer showcases the series' best-known Easter egg character, the smoke-ninja Noob Saibot. Besides showing off Saibot's varied move-list (similar to that of alter-ego Sub-Zero), the trailer highlights some hyper-graphic fatality action, making it unsuitable for anyone born after Mortal Kombat II (an embarrassing marker if ever there was one).

Famously, Noob Saibot began life as a Shen Long-esque in-joke: the moniker comes from reversing the surnames of MK programmers Ed Boon and John Tobias. Presumably much of the character's fighting expertise comes from defending himself against accusations that such a stupid name speaks to his status as a persistent throwaway gag.

Above: The trailer emphasizes Saibot's shadow-duplication skills

Debuting in the second game – don't share your lunch money with anyone who tells you otherwise – the non-playable ninja presented a challenge to any player who won 50 rounds in a row. Since then, he's become integrated into the playable roster as the reincarnation of Sub-Zero. While Noob Saibot's incorporation into the MK canon (kanon?) offers some of the most tortuous convolutions in a series never known for its narrative clarity, we trust it'll all make sense within the new game's revised continuity. How he got to looking like a martial arts version of Victor von Doom, on the other hand, will be left to fans to deduce.

Feb 15, 2011 


  • happydude007 - February 17, 2011 5:51 a.m.

    Has anyone ever figured out the MKII secrets that Ed Boon or Tobias talked about that still existed within the game that no one ever found?
  • Genericpenisjoketista - February 16, 2011 10:36 p.m.

    Aside from Sub Zero, Noob has always been my favorite character. I sure hope that they give him some true recognition this time rather than forcing him to share the spotlight with someone like Smoke. Oh, but about the article: "The trailer highlights some hyper-graphic fatality action, making it unsuitable for anyone born after Mortal Kombat II" <-No it didn't. False advertising. And didn't Noob have his name since before that was an insult?
  • KingOfFighters - February 16, 2011 4:16 p.m.

    I'm interested to see if this game actually turns out to be as good as they are claiming it to be. I really hope this is a return to form for the series.
  • bloodyshadow - February 16, 2011 3:36 p.m.

    As ths website's self-proclaimed MK guru, I was offended by a lot of what was writtenhere.
  • TheElephantManchurianCandidate - February 16, 2011 2:28 p.m.

    Also that's Ermac in the picture under the video not a Noob shadow. Thats just a tag team match with Noob and Ermac on the same team. And the "hyper-graphic" move is an X-ray move not a Fatality. I'm not trying to be a douche just thought people should know.
  • TheElephantManchurianCandidate - February 16, 2011 2:12 p.m.

    It sounds like you're a little confused about who Noob Saibot is in this article. This game takes place during the events of MK II Where the original Sub-Zero (aka. Noob Saibot) had already been killed by Scorpion after Liu Kang won the first tournament. The Sub-Zero in the video is Noob's younger brother. He also has nothing to do with Smoke, the shadow he uses is just his form of attack not another person. Smoke is a completely different Ninja/Cyborg
  • fetalspray - February 16, 2011 12:01 p.m.

    Noob and Smoke! Hope smoke's in it thats a punishing tag team.
  • totalweapon - February 16, 2011 8:58 a.m.

    the trailer highlights some hyper-graphic fatality action, making it unsuitable for anyone born after Mortal Kombat II. where is that then?
  • Outlander - February 16, 2011 7:36 a.m.

    If Skryim wasn't coming out this year this would be my most anticipated game. It really looks like they are going to redeem the series. The more information I find out the more I'm excited!
  • Japanaman - February 16, 2011 4:16 a.m.

    Noob is the ultimate character in MK Trilogy. His smoke special move is so cool as you can do whatever you want to your opponent as long as he/she is surrounded.
  • marioman50 - February 16, 2011 3:50 a.m.

    b a r f kick!
  • killorabbit - February 16, 2011 3:36 a.m.

    Any news on Smoke? Noob's fighting style looks pretty exciting but I've not purchased any MK title since Deadly Alliance and don't know if my love for Noob will remain without Smoke popping up in nearly every combo. Just seems like a generic teleporting ninja without him. Who am I kidding? Now he can break someone's ribs and kick up their stomach contents at the same time. <3
  • bamb0o-stick - February 16, 2011 3:13 a.m.

    Anyone else here think he (or they) will be really cheap? They better make him a softie to balance it out if he is.
  • ExcessGiraffe - February 16, 2011 2:38 a.m.

    I've always loved Noob Saibot since I first played MK way back when. Joke or no joke!
  • FauxFurry - February 16, 2011 2:26 a.m.

    When boxing shadows, it isn't often that one expects the shadows to hit back. Dirty pool, Noob, Dirty pool (which Noob would likely drown his opponent in after having his shadow grab them unaware). It's time to keep an eye on those shifty boards since you just know that they'll follow suit. This guy is like the Shadow Moses or something. Capcom can't beat out that Shadow Mode, can they? Game over.

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