'''[=NetherRealm=]''' '''Studios''' is an American video game developer based in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}.

After [[Creator/MidwayGames Midway]] filed for bankruptcy, its assets for Midway Games Chicago were purchased by Creator/WarnerBros After a brief spell under the name WB Games Chicago, this newly owned property would eventually become [=NetherRealm=] Studios in 2010. The studio comprises many ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' veterans and is led by the series' co-creator Ed Boon.

The studio's first outing, ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' in 2011, a reboot of the ''Mortal Kombat'' franchise, marked a return to form for the series that was praised by critics and fans alike. Boon expressed [=NetherRealm's=] desire not only to develop future ''Mortal Kombat'' titles, but also to branch out into new franchises. Their next effort was ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', a fighting game starring Creator/{{DC|Comics}} characters, and as with ''[=MK9=]'', was both a critical and commercial smash. Their next major release is ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', which continues the story line 25 years past the events of ''9'' and their first offering for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 and UsefulNotes/XboxOne. In 2015, they also released ''WWE Immortals'', a fantastical WWE fighting game for mobile devices that shares game mechanics as the ''Injustice'' mobile offering.

* ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 Mortal Kombat]]'' (2011)
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' (2015)
*** A mobile spinoff by the same name.
* ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity Batman: Arkham City Lockdown]]'' (2011)
** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' (Mobile version, 2013)
* ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' (2013)
** A mobile spinoff by the same name.
** ''VideoGame/Injustice2'' (2017)
*** A mobile spinoff by the same name.
* ''WWE Immortals'' (mobile game, 2015)

* DescendedCreator: Ed Boon still provides Scorpion's iconic "'''[[CatchPhrase GET OVER HERE!/COME HERE!!!]]'''", even though the role has been [[TheOtherDarrin Darrin'd]] to Creator/PatrickSeitz. Even when the games are dubbed in other languages (as was the case with ''Injustice'' and ''MKX''), the line is ''retained'' in its original form.
* GuestFighter: A mainstay in [=NetherRealm=] games since day one.
* {{Mascot}}: None other than Scorpion, who is, unsurprisingly, Boon's favorite ''Mortal Kombat'' character.
* PlayingAgainstType: Boon wants the studio to develop games outside the ''Mortal Kombat'' universe.
* RunningGag: [[GrievousHarmWithABody Throwing bystanders at the opponent]] [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight to the complete apathy of the other bystanders.]]
* UpdatedRerelease: If you don't like paying separately for DLC, just wait about a year after each [=NetherRealm=] console game drops, and they'll put out a deluxe edition with all the extra content available on-disc from the start, along with a few little extras. In ''Injustice'''s case, the ''Ultimate Edition'' was also an opportunity to port the game to new systems, namely the [=PlayStation=] 4 and UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation Vita}}.