Kombat Pack owners will get their hands on Nightwolf in just a few short days, with Mortal Kombat 11 developer NetherRealm Studios doing a swell job showcasing the character beforehand. Videos have surfaced online that have revealed Nightwolf's skins, brutalities, fatalities, gear, and much, much more. Now, the developer has revealed a little fun fact that connects 2019's Nightwolf to the 90s cartoon.
Many may remember Mortal Kombat: The Animated Series, despite only lasting one season, as it starred a number of fan-favorite characters such as Raiden, Lui Kang, Sub-Zero, and Nightwolf. The animated series gave the latter a wolf companion named Kiba who would jump into his chest to power him up during a fight. Of course, Nightwolf's primary purpose in the cartoon was to operate the computers at the base, which didn't make it into Mortal Kombat 11, but the Kiba power-up did.
As seen below, Nightwolf can call upon Kiba in spirit form to be absorbed into his chest in a manner similar to the cartoon. This is a direct reference to the Animated Series, according to NetherRealm Studios, so it's a nice touch to see in Mortal Kombat 11. When Kiba jumps into Nightwolf, it will increase the fighter's damage output, but Kiba can be customized with an option to increase Nightwolf's defense instead.
This buff may prove to be a popular tactic when the character officially releases on Mortal Kombat 11, especially considering the recent 1.07. It made changes to practically every character on the roster, aside from Sub-Zero and Kabal, with Scorpion receiving a controversial nerf as part of it. Hopefully, Nightwolf will fit right in with the new metagame that is likely to arise as a result of these changes (check out the Easter egg at the 16:00-minute mark below)
This easter egg may even help sate any Nightwolf desires for the time being, but for those who want more of the DLC fighter, check out Nightwolf's two new brutalities that also recently dropped and be prepared to use them in-game soon.
Mortal Kombat 11 is out now for PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One, with a Stadia version in development.