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Freddy Krueger to join Mortal Kombat playable characters

When you think about it, it seems only right that icons of the horror movie world should eventually make the jump into violent fighting games — which is why the latest addition to the Mortal Kombat world makes perfect sense.

Beginning August 9, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 Mortal Kombat owners will be able to play as sweater-wearing, crispy-skinned Nightmare on Elm Street killer Freddy Krueger. Warner Bros. Interactive announced the news yesterday during the first day of Comic-Con in San Diego, and unveiled a teaser trailer that highlights some of the brutal, claw-wielding moves Freddy will subject his opponents to during the game.

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IGN broke the news, and indicated that Freddy will likely be available per the standard DLC costs: 400 Microsoft points or $4.99 on the PlayStation Network. The dream-stalking villain joins previously announced DLC characters Rain, Kenshi, and Skarlet.

While the moves Freddy shows off in the footage look like a lot of fun, we weren’t alone in wondering whether his clawmanship actually seemed a little tame when compared to some of his Mortal Kombat peers. Is it wrong that characters like Kung Lao deliver far more satisfying, wince-inducing punishment to their opponents than one of the most famous movie monsters of the modern age?

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