Less than 150 games needed to reach our MobyGoal of 1,500 documented arcade titles!

Mortal Kombat 3

MobyRank MobyScore
Game Gear
Not an American user?


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 Arcade Plasma blast
Mortal Kombat 3 Arcade Sector's rocket
Mortal Kombat 3 Arcade Ladder
Mortal Kombat 3 Arcade Sheeva uses 4 hands to magic attack

Alternate Titles

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

Part of the Following Groups

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

Mean Machines Genesis Nov, 1995 93 out of 100 93
Joypad Genesis Nov, 1995 92 out of 100 92
Consoles Plus Genesis Nov, 1995 92 out of 100 92
Electric Playground Genesis Oct 31, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Super Power (Sweden) SNES Nov, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation Oct, 1995 8.6 out of 10 86
Joypad Game Boy Feb, 1996 81 out of 100 81
High Score DOS Feb, 1996 4 out of 5 80
GamePro (US) SNES Nov, 1995 4 out of 5 80
IGN PlayStation Nov 25, 1996 5 out of 10 50


There are currently no topics for this game.


The characters Nightwolf, Sektor, Cyrax, and cyborg Smoke were played by Sal DiVita, a designer of NBA Jam and NFL Blitz.

Related Web Sites

Contributed to by Zovni (9360), Adam Baratz (1352), Roedie (5226), Freeman (16724), IJan (1920), The cranky hermit (491), Scaryfun (11617) and Syed GJ (1544)