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Mortal Kombat 3

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Shao Kahn has won. The Earthrealm is no more. In order to revive his Queen Sindel, the emperor Shao Kahn used the Outworld Tournament from Mortal Kombat 2 as a diversion while his Shadow Priests revive his fallen Queen on Earth. Once enacted, the dimensional bridge between the two realms connects, allowing Kahn's extermination squads to invade and destroy Earth, and enslave the population's souls.

A small team of Raiden's "Chosen Warriors" survives the attack: Mortal Kombat champion Liu Kang and his ally Kung Lao, Special Forces agents Sonya Blade and Jax, the shaman Nightwolf, the riot cop Stryker, the nomadic Kabal, and former Lin Kuei warrior Sub-Zero, who has gone rogue from his clan. Facing the warriors are the mercenary Kano, cyber-ninjas Smoke, Sektor and Cyrax, Sheeva, a female Shokan, the sorcerer Shang Tsung, and Queen Sindel herself.

Mortal Kombat 3 brings new elements to the 2D fighting series: multi-level playfields, "Dial-A-Combo" attacks, a "Run" button to speed up the battles, and "Vs." codes, which unlock new powers and abilities once both players enter a code sequence in pre-match-up screens. Also included are more stage fatalities and finishing moves as each warrior attempts to go one-on-one with the Centaurian enforcer Motaro, and Shao Kahn himself.

Mortal Kombat 3 is the last traditional one-on-one fighting game game in the series to feature motion-captured digitized graphics for its kombatants, and introduces online network play to the PC version.


Mortal Kombat 3 Genesis Battle in a subway
Mortal Kombat 3 Game Boy Sheeva wins!
Mortal Kombat 3 Genesis Jumping kick
Mortal Kombat 3 SNES Starting the battle on the street

Alternate Titles

  • "真人快打3" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "MK 3" -- Abbrevated title

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User Reviews

Another worthy installment of the Mortal Kombat franchise SNES Stsung (53)
Hey kids!! Want to see how to screw up Mortal Kombat?? DOS Zovni (9360)
A helluva lot better than its prequel. DOS Tomer Gabel (4388)
How did this game get so huge? DOS Roedie (5226)
Mortal Kombat 3 Genesis Genesis Joey Perkins (4)

The Press Says

Joypad Genesis Nov, 1995 92 out of 100 92
Electric Playground Genesis Oct 31, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Jan, 1996 8.4 out of 10 84
All Game Guide PlayStation 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GamePro (US) PlayStation Dec, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Game Players PlayStation Nov, 1995 77 out of 100 77
Entertainment Weekly DOS Nov 24, 1995 B 75
All Game Guide Game Boy 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50 Game Boy Nov 08, 2004 38 out of 100 38
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Apr, 1996 4.75 out of 6 25


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