Mortal Kombat 3
#58: Mortal Kombat 3

Released In: 1995
Developer: Sculptured Software
Under License From: Midway
Publisher: Williams Entertainment

      After Shao Kahn was defeated by the Earthrealm warrior Liu Kang in the last Mortal Kombat tournament, his insane plan to merge Outworld and Earthrealm seemed to have been permanently thwarted. Unfortunately, it wasn't. Shang Tsung resurrected Shao Kahn's dead wife Sindel in Earthrealm, thus allowing Kahn to enter Earthrealm to reclaim her. When he did, he was able to merge the two realms, killing billions in the process. The god Raiden was able to use his power to protect a few warriors, and he charges them with the task of separating the two realms by defeating Shao Kahn and his allies. The playable characters include Shang Tsung, Sindel, Jax, Sonya Blade, Liu Kang, Nightwolf, Kurtis Stryker, Kano, Smoke, Sub-Zero, Cyrax, Sektor, Kabal, Kung Lao, and Sheeva.

Syd Lexia: Mortal Kombat 3 was not a great game. The fatalities were less gory, the roster was disappointing, and the combo system was completely broken. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 was slightly better, as it fixed the roster problem, but it was still not especially great. And while few people would deny that UMK3 is far superior to the original MK3, the 16-bit versions of MK3 are markedly better than the 16-bit versions of UMK3. This is due to the fact that UMK3 was filled with so many characters, fatalities, babalities, friendships, and animalities that it couldn't fit on a game cartridge without compressing the graphics. The end result is that the SNES and Genesis version of UMK3 look like total shit. The console version of Mortal Kombat 3 suffers from this problem all well, just not quite as much. But the end result is the same: you have a noticeably imperfect home version of an already flawed game. This game really shouldn't be on the list... Mortal Kombat II was the only good MK game for the Super Nintendo, and this spot would better be served by a game that's actually good, like U.N. Squadron or Super Nova.

greeneyedzeke: A lot of people seem to hate any version of Mortal Kombat 3 that doesn’t include “Ultimate” in the title. The lack of Scorpion, traditional Sub-Zero, Johnny Cage, and Raiden scares them. To this I say, so what? They replaced palette swapped ninjas with palette swapped robots. Robots are almost as cool as ninjas anyway. And we gained Nightwolf and a Michael Pare-ish Shang Tsung.

Anyway, the Super Nintendo port eclipses the Genesis version with full gore, and big, vibrant graphics that really push the hardware. (I have no actual qualifications for making this claim, but fuck you.) Anyway, back when it came out, the “3” signified to me that this was more of the same, only Mortalier and Kombatier. That’s all I needed.

Valdronius: I'm really terrible at fighting games. Really, really terrible. So much so that I usually prefered to watch other people play them. MK3 has a bunch of new characters and fatalities and crap. Look, I'm not the one you should be asking about this game. Talk to Syd, he wrote a whole freaking article on MK fatalities.

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