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A lazy port of a great game, but still fun Genesis Medicine Man (374)
The worst fighting game ever, on any platform. Avoid at all costs. Game Boy Advance Spartan_234 (460)
This Is the Greates Mortal Kombat Game EVER!!! SNES Bob Seagerson (1)
Proves yet again that SNES games can't perfectly translate to GBA Game Boy Advance ThE oNe (184)
Unfortanately, it ISNT the ultimate fighting game..... SNES ThE oNe (184)

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Platform Votes Score
Arcade Awaiting 5 votes...
Game Boy Advance 15 2.4
Genesis 28 4.0
Nintendo DS 10 3.7
SEGA Saturn 14 3.8
SNES 25 3.8
Xbox 360 15 3.8
Combined User Score 107 3.7

Critic Reviews

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SEGA SaturnMean Machines (Jun, 1996)
Easily the best Kombat of the series, and well worth owning even if the other versions are sitting on your game shelf. An excellent game.
SEGA SaturnSega Saturn Magazine (Jun, 1996)
Anyone who's ever played Mortal in the arcades knows whether or not they'd want to shell out for a decent conversion, and this is more than decent. It is, in fact, superb. It's got all the playability, all the characters and all the secret stuff—in fact, extra Saturn-only secret stuff. If you're a devotee of the sinister Kult of Kombat this is for you.
GenesisHobby Consolas (Jan, 1997)
Si te gusta la lucha más dura y no tienes «MK3», no dudes en hacerte con este nuevo episodio del torneo OutWorld. Si, por el contrario, disfrutas ya de otras entregas y no eres un incondicional de la saga, puede que no encuentres este título tan irresistible: a pesar de que este cartucho es el mejor de la serie, el más completo, (mayor número de luchadores y de golpes), peca de falta de originalidad.
Xbox 360PGNx Media (Oct 26, 2006)
Overall, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is just as addicting as it was several years ago. The game is definitely worth its 800 Microsoft Points ($10) cost since you can move online once you get tired of beating your friends.
Xbox (Nov 03, 2006)
For 800pts, this is well worth the purchase. UMK3 will give fans a reason to go back to the franchise and perhaps invite newcomers to the table as well. You can always test the game out before you buy by downloading the free trial, but I guarantee when the trial stops you mid-fight, you’ll want to go ahead and buy this one. That’s what happened to me. Mortal Kombat games have yet to get stale and this certainly proves it. Now, if we could only get Mortal Kombat: Armageddon to be backwards compatible. Test Your Might!
GenesisMean Machines (Mar, 1997)
A fitting finale for the 16 bit Mortal Kombat series: the final word in Megadrive 2D beat 'em ups. 26 fighters, gallons of blood and finishing moves galore.
SEGA SaturnElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) (Jun, 1996)
All the moves, finishers and combos are very easy to pull off and the game almost seems a bit faster to play. All the secrets and hidden characters are present, including Human Smoke. The only downside is the somewhat hefty load time - a surprise after the short access time of SFA. Still, if you like MK3 you'll want to give this a try.
Xbox 360Defunct Games (Nov 09, 2006)
Who knew Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 would turn out so well? This Midway treasure does a great job of proving that Mortal Kombat 3 holds up well when put up against its 3D counterpart. It still has a few problems, but for now it can rest easy as the single best 2D fighter on the Xbox Live Arcade!
Nintendo DSGameZone (Nov 21, 2007)
A must-own for every fan of Ultimate Mortal Kombat. The arcade-perfect gameplay and the addition of online multiplayer make this port an irresistible package.
Xbox 360That Gaming Site (Sep 01, 2008)
Despite its flaws, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is a must own; gamers new and old will feel right at home.
SEGA SaturnThe Video Game Critic (Nov 20, 2009)
The gameplay has been tweaked slightly, mostly to balance out the characters. I noticed that blocks are less effective and air-juggles are fairly common. Fatalities are accompanied by a stuttering load sequence that's unsightly and really tends to ruin the moment. New multi-player modes include an eight-player single-elimination tournament. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 isn't spectacular on the Saturn, but it's still one heck of a fighting game.
Nintendo DSGame Shark (Dec 17, 2007)
There is definitely value to be had in Midway’s Ultimate Mortal Kombat for the Nintendo DS. While it doesn’t bring anything new to the table, the tried and true gameplay works very nicely on the handheld and is a great pick up and play game for those times when you’re waiting for the bus to pick you up or have 15 to 30 minutes to kill.
SEGA SaturnGameFan Magazine (Jun, 1996)
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is exactly what Saturn Kombat fans need to wipe the taste of the lame Mortal Kombat 2 conversion out of their mouths. Besides a few small twitches, this is exactly the arcade. Only problem is, I never really liked MK3 to begin with...but if you're a fan, bon appetit!
Xbox 360GameSpot (Oct 23, 2006)
The promise of online fighting games is simple--online competition, anytime you need it, even after all of your friends have given up on playing the game because they're tired of losing to you repeatedly. It hasn't always worked out in the past, but UMK3 is probably the best example so far of how cool this concept can be. If you've ever been interested in online fighting games or Mortal Kombat in general, this game's worth adding to your Xbox Live Arcade collection.
Xbox 360UOL Jogos (Oct 25, 2006)
Depois de "Street Fighter II", nada mais justo que "Mortal Kombat" também tenha espaço na arena do Xbox Live Arcade. O jogo de luta da Midway não é tão azeitado quando seu concorrente, mas conquista pelo exagero na violência e prazer de humilhar oponentes após a vitória. É a melhor conversão do fliperama que um videogame já teve, mas não sem suas manchas. Melhor que o rival "Street" no multiplayer online, a qualidade da conexão merecia um polimento maior. Pesando prós, contra e preço (800 Microsoft Points, ou 10 dólares), vale a pena perder a cabeça nessa arena.
Nintendo DSZTGameDomain (Nov 25, 2007)
The addition of online play is certainly UMK's biggest selling point. If you are a huge fan of the series and plan to take the skirmishes online there is no reason to hesitate picking this one up. This is by far the best portable Kombat game to date. However, if you are thinking of snagging it up for a solo affair you may want to re-consider as the frustrating AI and shallow puzzle game will do little to entertain for more than fifteen minutes.
Nintendo DSAtomic Gamer (Dec 27, 2007)
Ultimate Mortal Kombat is definitely a worthy pickup for any fan of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. The game plays just like the original did, down to the moves being faithfully recreated. The graphics are well done, the online play was a great addition and the game is just a joy to play. The inclusion of Puzzle Kombat is nice, to be sure, but the majority of the fun with this game is going to come from beating your friends or the computer senseless in a regular fight. If you wonder what really got this craze going in the early to mid 90s, this game will definitely give you some insight into that. While the game brings nothing new to the table, this is definitely one of the more solid portable versions of Mortal Kombat that I've ever played. If you're looking for something new here, pass this one up. But if you're looking to re-live the days of popping quarters into an arcade machine, look no further.
An almost perfect translation of the arcade game (a surprise on the Saturn), UMK3 includes almost all of the past and present competitors, including the secret characters. Over 20 playable fighters are packed in here, so bon apetit. If there was ever a definitive MK game, this is it and it's a Saturn exclusive, so don't hold your breath waiting for the Playstation version.
Xbox 360Video Game Talk (Oct 23, 2006)
Unlike most of the other Midway Live Arcade releases, the lack of visual upgrades doesn't necessarily harm the quality of the title due to the complexity of the control system, the replay value added by the achievements, and the addictive nature of beating a Live opponent. The 800 marketplace point cost is adequately priced and certainly in line with its Arcade fighter counterpart, Street Fighter II. I can easily recommend this title to anyone who has a love for the series or for those looking for a tough achievement challenge.
Xbox 360Gaming Nexus (Nov 09, 2006)
"Finish Him!" The battle cry for yet another successful retro title brought to Xbox Live Arcade. Although the AI is still a cheating SOB, it only takes 40 quarters and about 2 minutes of download time to make the game yours.
Xbox 360AceGamez (Sep 30, 2007)
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is a classic game that's enjoyable to play both in single player and online multiplayer. With so many fighters, finishing moves and secrets to choose from, the replay value is very high. The few negatives in the lag and matchmaking issues online cannot detract too much from the overall experience, as the online play is the real gen, with the ability to challenge players with different fighting styles and skill levels from around the world taking the replay value through the roof. The addition of a move list and someone (come on Microsoft!) creating an industrial grade wireless joystick would make this game almost perfect - as it is, it's still a worthy addition to your Arcade and a wonderful slice of the nostalgic fighting action of yesteryear.
Xbox 360Gaming Target (Nov 01, 2006)
UMK3 for Live Arcade ultimately succeeds because it has online play that works very well. There are several ways to get playing online, achievements to drive you, and leaderboards to keep you coming back. The absence of lag in most matches is great news, and you’ll be able to get your combo-hits on with the game’s plentiful roster of characters. Offline is solid enough, and it succeeds based on the game’s decent balance and surprisingly good presentation. If you’re remotely interested in this one and have some points to spare, don’t hesitate to take a look.
Game Boy AdvanceGamezilla (Jan 14, 2002)
Ten years have past and the controversial series has made its way to the Game Boy Advance. Tagged with the Mature moniker, Midway’s Mortal Kombat Advance for the GBA is a faithful port of the Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 version. But is it for everyone? If you loved the Mortal Kombat movies, then you will cherish this game. If you loved the Mortal Kombat games and need that Fatality fix, you will enjoy the GBA version. If you cannot place yourself in either category, please move along. Overall, the controls are great, the graphics are poor and the sound effects are excellent. For the diehards, habits die hard. For the non-Kombatants, thank you for reading and please move along.
Nintendo DSIGN (Nov 14, 2007)
The "ultimate" suggests that there's more to the package than one arcade fighter and one mini-game - you wouldn't be the only one to think that the cart would have been cooler as an anthology of the 2D Mortal Kombat games. After all, Midway packed in all three plus a bunch of other arcade games in a $19.99 PSP collection more than a year ago. Simple as the presentation is, the two titles are well developed. If all you want is a really solid, fun version of Mortal Kombat 3 that can go online, that's what you're going to get. It's good stuff all around.
Nintendo DSCheat Code Central (Nov 27, 2007)
Ultimate Mortal Kombat is essentially an online-only title. It doesn't have much in the way of single player modes, or in the way of new content. But for fans of Mortal Kombat, and fans of arcade-style fighters, this one is a sure-win. It has all of the ingredients that made the original games such a success, and has the ability to extend these elements so you can take your game further, without losing all your quarters! Ultimate Mortal Kombat is really a fan's delight, and is sure to appeal to those who feel the need for Kombat everywhere!
Nintendo DSThe Video Game Critic (May 27, 2014)
I never figured Mortal Kombat to be a good fit for the DS, but I have to admit this is a pretty sweet miniature edition.
Game Boy AdvanceConsoles Plus (Mar, 2002)
Par rapport aux versions Super Nintendo et Megadrive, le jeu n'a pas changé. Il a donc pas mal vieilli. Les mouvements sont trop rigides. Les seul vrai point positif de cette cartouche c'est que toutes les fatalités ont été conservées. Encore faut-il connaître la manipulation pour les sortir.
Xbox 360Meristation (Oct 28, 2006)
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (Xbox 360)Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 es una excelente opción de compra para los que quieran gastar sus abandonados Microsoft Points en su cuenta particular. Estamos ante una conversión 1:1 del clásico de los 90, una excelente plantilla de personajes y una jugabilidad endiablada, dispuesta a cientos de posibilidades y que, enfrentándonos con alguien que realmente juega bien, supone un increíble entretenimiento. Técnicamente se mantiene invariable, lo cual puede gustar a unos y disgustar a otros. El caso es que, en general, estamos ante una interesante propuesta que por sólo un par de detalles no se convierte en imprescindible. - Conversión perfecta del clásico.- El sistema de juego, lleno de posibilidades.- Los logros y en general el modo online.
Nintendo DS1UP (Dec 10, 2007)
Ultimate Mortal Kombat won't set the handheld fighting world on fire, but it certainly goes a long way toward atoning for past portable atrocities like Mortal Kombat Advance. If you've never understood the tongue-in-cheek appeal of the series this obviously won't change your mind, but if you're constantly suppressing the urge to pull out someone's spine while on the bus to work, it's a relatively inexpensive and consequence-free route to doing so.
Nintendo DSGame Revolution (Feb 12, 2008)
Playing Ultimate Mortal Kombat makes me wish I could travel back in time and show it to the thirteen-year-old me. Once upon a time, my friends and I predicted that one day, there would be a home console that would look and sound even better than the arcade machines… and you wouldn’t have to blow into the game cartridge to make them work. Well, we’re there. We’re in the future. We don’t have to go to the mall or swap our dollar bills for quarters. Ultimate Mortal Kombat is the real deal, and it’s mind-blowing to think that I can not only play it at home, like I used to daydream about, but it fits snugly right in my pocket.
SEGA SaturnGame Revolution (Jun 06, 2004)
If you are a die hard Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 fan and need the most detailed home version possible, this game may just be your favorite thing in the universe. Every detail, good and bad, has been successfully duplicated at home. With the only difference being the load time, true fans will love this game.
Xbox 360TeamXbox (Oct 24, 2006)
While it's still a far cry from the arcade, playing Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 with friends is a blast, especially once you know how to pull off some of the crazier moves. Now, Microsoft (or Nyko, or whoever), get working on that arcade stick!
SEGA SaturnGame Players (Jun, 1996)
The good news is that it looks like Williams is back on track with War Gods, it's first 3-D fighting game. From what I've seen, it kicks. In the meantime, I'd sweep this mild MK3 'enhancement' under the rug, unless you're just a die-hard MK3 nut.
Nintendo DSGamer 2.0 (Nov 19, 2007)
Mortal Kombat is an acquired taste and is looked down upon by most coin-op fighter enthusiasts because of its lack of strategy and its stiffness of control. UMK3 got rid of the stiffness, and the game truly is playable on the DS if you can get by the fact that the D-Pad is so small. If you're looking for a Mortal Kombat game you can play online or on the go, Ultimate Mortal Kombat should well worth a buy because it's such an excellent port and Puzzle Kombat is just an added bonus. But remember, the game is exceedingly cheap, and we're not talking about money.
Nintendo DSMeristation (Nov 26, 2007)
Ultimate Mortal Kombat es un dos en uno que reúne uno de los mejores Mortal Kombat 2D de la historia y el divertido Puzzle Kombat en un cartucho. Y con modo Online -o multijugador local- en ambos juegos. No es una mala adquisición para los más nostálgicos pero, sin duda, tampoco puede asegurarse que encantará a los nuevos jugadores, que preferirán un título menos anclado en el pasado. Pese a todo, para los que pasamos horas en los salones gastándonos monedas de cinco duros hasta que temblaba el bolsillo, es una compra casi obligada. Conversión 1:1 del original.- El añadido del modo Online- Puzzle Kombat, bastante divertido.
70 (May 21, 2009)
In Conclusion, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is a decent enough game. It brings a lot to the table from Mortal Kombat II, and it upgrades the game in some spots, especially combos and character selection. I actually would say that this game does offer enough of an upgrade to actually warrant a purchase, even if you already have Mortal Kombat 3.
SEGA SaturnAll Game Guide (1998)
Mortal Kombat 3 was not a game for everyone, and many of the more hardcore fighting fans turned their heads from the series after the second title, probably rightly so. But if you were a fan of Mortal Kombat 3, then you can't go wrong to pick up the Ultimate version, as it goes the extra yard and is chock full of more gory extras to enjoy.
Nintendo DSThe Next Level (Jan 16, 2008)
With both local and full wireless support, you can't go wrong having a portable version of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. It may not be the most technical or balanced fighter out there, but it's a lot of fun and very accessible. I just don't see Puzzle Kombat as a necessary addition. Overall, a solid offering and a great chance to revisit the 2D days of Mortal Kombat's crazy universe.
Nintendo DSGameDaily (Nov 26, 2007)
Although its frustrating single-player AI and lack of other games keeps it from being a must-have brawl-a-thon, Ultimate Mortal Kombat satisfies with its online options, old-school presentation and acceptable gameplay. Just don't expect a "flawless victory".
Nintendo DSGameSpot (Nov 20, 2007)
If you're a DS-owning Mortal Kombat fan, this is a great offering that's certainly worth owning, but only if you're properly equipped to take your DS online. You probably won't want to play alone for more than 15 minutes, so be sure to take that into account before you buy.
Nintendo DSArmchair Empire, The (Nov 29, 2007)
There aren’t that many fighting games for the DS so Ultimate Mortal Kombat doesn’t have much competition but it’s still a good fighting game, pardon the cliché, on the go.
Nintendo DSEntertainment Depot, The (Nov 30, 2007)
As far as ports go, Ultimate Mortal Kombat is exceptional. Fans of the series will absolutely love having such a solid translation on the go, and the wireless multiplayer is sure to make a few diehards ecstatic. The problems are the same as those from Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, though: spotty AI combined with mercilessly cheap boss battles, a sizeable chunk of lame characters, and the unintentional goofiness of the finishers. In terms of the general quirks and problems with the game, all I can say is that I still own a copy of UMK 3 for the Sega Saturn. Hey, I’m a fan.
Nintendo DSNintendoWorldReport (Dec 05, 2007)
One of the better fighters from the 16-bit era has been ported well. The game’s achievements and flaws all remain intact. Fighters may have evolved over the past twelve years, but Mortal Kombat’s classic gameplay finally has a place in portable online form.
Nintendo DSThunderbolt Games (Dec 07, 2007)
I suppose it really comes down to how much you dig the original Mortal Kombat trilogy (note that Mortal Kombat Trilogy is actually most complete compilation; why it isn't the version featured in here is another story). If you enjoyed uppercutting your mates into the rooftop back in the nineties, well - some things don't change. But you may have since grown weary of the rather shallow battle mechanics that can't hold a candle to modern 2D fighters nd Puzzle Kombat can only keep you occupied for so long. Newbies may want to give it a chance to see what it was that us older folk were so crazy about all those years ago, but the ridiculously spewing blood and gruesome fatalities have since been superseded by more disturbingly horrific imagery. What you're left with here is a great online-enabled emulation of a so-so fighting game (plus a lame puzzle game) which looks rather anaemic now that violence in video gaming is nothing to rave on about.
Nintendo DSPAL Gaming Network (PALGN) (Dec 17, 2007)
Ultimate Mortal Kombat isn't quite the Ultimate collection of Mortal Kombat games but is still a lot of fun and is a game that Mortal Kombat fans should definitely pick up.
Nintendo DSAceGamez (Dec 19, 2007)
Considering how old Ultimate Mortal Kombat is, it really should have been thrown into a retro Midway pack or at least a collection of classic MK games. Paying for UMK3 yet again just doesn't seem worth it unless you're absolutely dying to have it on the go and play it online through a handheld. If you're looking for a fighting game that uses the DS in innovative ways then you need to look elsewhere, but if you simply want the classic game you know and love to play in the palm of your hand then snap this up and battle away!
Nintendo DSGotNext (Jan 16, 2008)
With both local and full wireless support, you can't go wrong having a portable version of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. It may not be the most technical or balanced fighter out there, but it's a lot of fun and very accessible. I just don't see Puzzle Kombat as a necessary addition. Overall, a solid offering and a great chance to revisit the 2D days of Mortal Kombat's crazy universe.
Nintendo (Dec 13, 2007)
Fidèle au concept qui a fait le succès de la série du temps de la baston en 2D, UMK propose des combats rapides, pêchus et ultra-violents. Entre deux gerbes de sang, le joueur pourra se reposer les pouces avec le sympathique Puzzle Kombat inclus dans cette version. Bien réalisé et avantageusement adapté sur la DS, ce Mortal Kombat venu du fond des âges est une bonne surprise pour tous les amateurs de pugilats sanglants.
Fans of this specific entry of the Mortal Kombat series will be happy when they see how well this Live Arcade edition turned out. It's the best home port to date, and the key issues like the control are not the fault of the developers. Players who picked up Mortal Kombat Armageddon for the Xbox or PS2 should be aware this same game is an unlockable feature, though lacking online play.
Xbox (Mar 12, 2007)
Waarom wel: nostalgische Mortal Kombat-potjes, bevat alle karakters en arena’s uit het universum, online spelen werkt prima, zeer natuurgetrouw geport.
Waarom niet: gameplay stelt eerlijk gezegd niet zoveel voor, d-pad is niet altijd even betrouwbaar.
Xbox 360IGN (Oct 24, 2006)
The final gripe is the 360 controller itself. With a D-Pad as accurate as Dick Cheney with a shotgun and an analog stick better suited for Halo, performing the tap-tap special moves proves exceedingly difficult. If you still have it, you would be better suited whipping out the old Sega Genesis.
Game Boy AdvanceGameZone (Jan 07, 2002)
There were a ton of great games ported to the Game Boy Advance last year. From Klonoa and Castlevania, to Street Fighter and Tony Hawk 2, the Game Boy Advance was the only system other than PlayStation 2 that offered games from almost every major developer. Shortly before Santa brought us our gifts and made everyone smile, Midway shipped one last game that would surely be stuffed in more than a few thousand stockings -- Mortal Kombat Advance.
UMK3 is the best MK game to hit the Super NES. So why the less-than-perfect score? Well, if you bought MK3 a year ago, you might not be too crazy about plunking down more cash for this slightly enhanced version. It gives you four of the ninja characters (Jade, Reptile, Scorpion, and Kitana) that weren't available in MK3, plus four openly playable fighters that were secret combatants before. You also get all the combos (some were left out of MK3), as well as the new, yet cheap, auto combos. UMK3's graphics are sharp, with slightly larger fighters than in MK3. The only thing missing from the arcade is the four-armed Sheeva.
SNESThe Video Game Critic (Nov 03, 2009)
The graphics are exactly like MK3, and except for a few new backgrounds, most gamers would be hard-pressed to tell the difference. As the final Mortal Kombat released for the 16-bit systems, Ultimate MK3 plays well enough, but feels less like a legitimate sequel and more like an apology for the previous game.
GenesisThe Video Game Critic (Oct 31, 2009)
The fighting engine has been tweaked a bit and there are new fatalities, so the underlying fighting engine is solid. The game certainly plays well. Another purported new "feature" are the multi-player modes that support four or eight players. Who in the hell asked for that? Nobody, but it sure was easy to program! UMK3 also features a few new backgrounds, but nothing worth writing home about. Clearly Midway was trying to squeeze as much as they could out of the series for one last 16-bit incarnation, but I doubt if gamers turned off by MK3 would even bother with this.
Nintendo DSGamers' Temple, The (Nov 23, 2007)
Not quite as ultimate as the title suggests, but Ultimate Mortal Kombat is still a faithful port of the classic Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.
Nintendo DSPurojuegos (2007)
Quizas la adicion mas importante a este juego es su modo On Line, que nos permite jugar por Internet mediante la Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection y gracias a ello enfrentarnos a luchadores de todo el mundo a toda hora y en cualquier lugar. Complementando esto tambien es posible jugar multiplayer localmente si tenemos otra persona que tenga una DS y el juego.
Game Boy AdvanceGame Chronicles (Feb 20, 2002)
I’m not sure who dropped the ball on this one. Either Midway forced Virtucraft to push this title out the door in time for the Christmas shopping season, or perhaps Virtucraft simply isn’t capable of programming for the GBA. Everything was there, in place, to make a potentially great game. Mortal Kombat Advance is a textbook example of how to take a proven successful franchise and destroy it with a single poor release.
Xbox 360Game Chronicles (Nov 12, 2006)
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is frenzied, frustrating and infuriating – but it is also addicting as hell. And while it might not be worth the full asking price of $10, it is a decent port of a solid fighting game from days gone by.
Nintendo DSEL33TONLINE (May 14, 2008)
The game play is as tight and entertaining as it was back then but the animations of the characters do seem a bit out of place in comparison to smooth 3D animations of the top fighters these days like Tekken, Dead or Alive or Virtua Fighter. Sound clips are also a straight conversion which really does sound terrible because of what we have come to expect from games these days. This game will sit in your DS dependant on the online multiplayer factor. If you plan to play this alone you will have nice cinematics for each character, which is a bonus, at the end of the game and the quick pick-up-and-play mechanics work very well for it. The thing is this – if you are an avid old 2D Mortal Kombat fan who is dying to play this type of game on a handheld or online then this is possibly your only ticket to 2DMK-realm.
Nintendo (UK) (Jan 02, 2008)
There's still pleasure to be drawn from a game that was arguably at the peak of its powers on its original release. Inasmuch as while it had the heart of a serious beat-'em-up, it also had a sense of its own ridiculousness, and its ludicrous OTT violence and its silly babalities and animalities lend a sense of lightweight fun to proceedings. Such an incongruous mixture has a stupid charm, even if the overall package proves less nutritional than some other fighters. There may never be a beat-'em-up of its type again, so it's nice to be entertained by its bull-headed presence on a handheld format once more, at least as long as the online multiplayer sustains an audience.
Nintendo DSModojo (Nov 26, 2007)
Ultimate Mortal Kombat? Schyeah, right, and Shao Khan might fly out of your butt. No, truth be told, this is far from the quintessential handheld MK experience. Mortal Kombat Unchained did more for the PSP and it's available at $20 less than this release over at EB Games. However, MK fanatics who don't mind UMK3's limitations and absolutely love Puzzle Kombat shouldn't hesitate to drop a few bucks on it, especially with the game's online functionality. Going at it alone, though, will require a great deal of strength. Get ready to REALLY test your might against this AI.
Nintendo DSCubed3 (Jan 18, 2008)
If you're not looking for a complex fighting game and want something satisfying that you can get stuck right into and become rather good at quickly, Ultimate Mortal Kombat is a great choice, and it has a fun and functional online mode to boot. However, lack of depth and silly expectations from the AI are what drag it down. Still, at least with the commands on the top screen you'll be able to execute fatalities and make the offenders feel your vengeful wrath more easily than before...
SNESGamePro (US) (Jan, 1997)
If MK3 had never been released, UMK3 would be closer to an ultimate fighting game. Unfortunately, UMK3 is just a slight variation of a game that has been completely played to death.
Xbox (UK) (Nov 20, 2006)
All in all, UMK3 is a pretty broken game but one that is loaded with entertainment value regardless. If you're looking for a robust fighting experience on Live Arcade, stick with Street Fighter 2 but for pure amusement alone, there's a certain 'charm' (if such a bloodbath can ever really be referred to as 'charming') about the game that makes us keep going back to it every now and again. Then we realise that everyone on our friend list can see what we're doing and we switch it off. But hey, they're the ones going back to King Kong to milk it of a thousand easy gamerpoints so perhaps we're not the ones that should be feeling embarrassed after all.
Game Boy AdvanceGame Informer Magazine (Mar, 2002)
The ESRB Mature rating will tell you there's blood. The screenshot will tell you it looks good on Game Boy Advance. However, it takes yours truly to tell you that Mortal Kombat plays like butt on the GBA. All the fighters, fatalities, and arcade accuracy in graphics and sound won't make up for the krummy kontrols. Timing is way off. Leg sweeps, one of the game's best strikes, are too hard to pull off, as are many special moves. MK Advance may look GBA, but it plays GBC, and that's the killer.
Game Boy (Feb 28, 2002)
En raison de sa durée de vie un peu faiblarde et de sa réalisation peu engageante, Mortal Kombat ne peut en aucun cas perturber la suprématie de Super Street Fighter II Turbo Revival. Seuls les fans y trouveront un réel intérêt. Les autres se tourneront plus volontiers vers le titre de Capcom, bien plus fun !
Game Boy AdvancePocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames (Dec 12, 2001)
Mal dépoussiéré, mal programmé et mal pensé, Mortal Kombat Advance n’a décidément pas grand-chose pour lui. A part peut-être son mode deux joueurs ? A noter que c’est le deuxième et dernier mode de jeu... Il y a des Fatalities qui se perdent !
Game Boy AdvanceAceGamez (Jul 19, 2002)
The Game Boy Advance is home to a great number of ports and/or updates, which in my experience seems to frustrate a lot of gamers. It's fine by me though, provided the games are good and still worth playing. Why then did Midway bother to release this highly disappointing 'effort' (I say that in the lowest sense of the word)? Let's find out...
Game Boy AdvanceGameSpy (Jan 28, 2002)
Mortal Kombat Advance (MKA)… what do you say when one of the most popular fighting game franchises of all time comes to the newest handheld platform? Well, most likely you have your own opinions, but even if you take a look at the game based on its own merits rather than the past history of the series, and you take into consideration that it's on the GBA, then you come up with a game that's still mediocre at best.
SEGA SaturnDefunct Games (Jul 02, 2006)
Ultimate Mortal Komabt 3 is a perfect example of the degrees Acclaim would go to copy Capcom's strategy. This is not a sequel, this is nothing more than an expansion pack. Like the old Street Fighter series, the only difference between Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and "regular" Mortal Kombat 3 is the addition of a few "new" characters (like Smoke, Jade and Kitana) and a bunch of secrets (mostly uninspired fighters like 'old Sub-Zero'). The story hasn't changed one bit - you still have to face Motaro and Shao Kahn in this "ultimate" battle thing we keep hearing about. Besides the forgettable Mortal Kombat II port, this is the only real Mortal Kombat game available for Saturn owners. And, let's face it, it isn't very good.
Game Boy Advance64 Power / big.N / N Games (Jan, 2002)
Einigermaßen erträglich ist nur der Sound, speziell die Sprachausgabe. Außer Liu Kang, denn der klingt als hätte man ihm irgendwas abgeschnitten. Der Rest ist für die Tonne. Die Grafik kann man eventuell so gerade noch durchgehen lassen, die Prügel-Engine ist aber die mieseste, die es überhaupt gibt. Die Krönung ist die äußerst mysteriöse KI: Entweder ist der CPU-Gegner ein Vollidiot oder absolut unbesiegbar. Da macht es dann auch keinen Spaß mehr, irgendwelche Fatalities auszuführen (‘Boah, voll den Kopp abgerissen, ey!). Und überhaupt – MK ohne Rayden, das geht nicht!
Game Boy AdvanceGame Over Online (Mar 28, 2002)
Mortal Kombat Advance is a case of failed execution. It looks and sounds like Mortal Kombat, but it doesn’t play like Mortal Kombat. The horrible AI and wonky controls result in extremely stiff gameplay. The bottom line: this is one fight you’ll want to avoid.
Game Boy AdvanceGameSpot (Jan 18, 2002)
Nintendo's Game Boy Advance has been an extremely fertile breeding ground for remakes of popular games from the past. As the remakes begin to pile up, more and more companies are getting on the rerelease train, hoping to cash in on their back catalog of products. Midway has already released a collection of old arcade games for the system, and now the company has released a version of Mortal Kombat for the GBA. The resulting product looks and sounds OK, but the gameplay is so astoundingly awful that even the most die-hard MK fan should stay far, far away.
Game Boy AdvanceG4 TV: The Electric Playground (Apr 30, 2004)
Life is a game. Death... that's just a matter of hitting the right button and joystick combination at the right time. Ever since Scorpion first raised the hood to reveal he and Skeletor shared the same deadbeat dad, Mortal Kombat players have operated under this rule. Nowadays, though, they've also had to accept another given fact--each new series installment blows more chunks than the last, if that's humanly possible. Apparently so, as the first Game Boy Advance incarnation proves. Yes, folks, it isn't merely "asstastic," but a complete embarrassment as well. Call the lackluster AI and lousy control system disappointing if you will; we experts prefer to think of them merely as Shao Khan's latest evil handiwork. And, if Midway has any dignity left, they'll adopt that stance in public too.
Game Boy AdvancePlanet GameCube (Mar 08, 2002)
From the bloodless SNES port of the original Mortal Kombat to the excellent N64 port of Mortal Kombat 4 by Eurocom, the series has been played on almost every console available. Unfortunately, not every port has been so successful. The latest version of Mortal Kombat comes to the Game Boy Advance, courtesy of Midway. Regrettably, their effort with this port of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 falls into the latter category.
Game Boy AdvanceGaming Target (Apr 29, 2002)
Mortal Kombat Advance is full of problems, the biggest one being its core gameplay. Getting past this issue in an effort to enjoy this game seems impossible, much like getting past each of the opponents on Grand Master. Despite having more than 20 characters from the Mortal Kombat series, none of them do the trick in shelling out the fun factor. It must be said that this Kombat doesn’t even Kome Klose.
Game Boy AdvanceIGN (Jan 10, 2002)
If you're a game developer, and you've been assigned the task of porting an established brand to a very capable system, here's a rule of thumb: get it right. Believe me, if the game is a popular one, gamers are going to notice when something's not pulled off exactly as it had been in previous incarnations. But when you get it completely wrong, there's going to be trouble. And brother, Mortal Kombat Advance is definitely the worst port of the series performed on capable system hardware. If there was ever a game that just screamed "rush job," it's this fighter published by Midway. It's absolutely embarrassing to see just how botched MK is on the handheld.
Game Boy AdvanceElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) (Mar, 2002)
Yes, MK Advance is that horrible. A lot of bad fighting games are out there; I can say without hyperbole that this one is a million times worse than all of them put together. If a circus train wreck was ever more accurately embodied in digital format, I haven't seen it. MK games have always been hit or miss (mostly misses since MKII), but this is ridiculous. Buggy, unbalanced gameplay, spastic computer opponents (who go comatose on lower difficulty levels), slowdown - you name it, it sucks. And where are the secrets and gore we all know and love? Why didn't they just port an old Super Nintendo MK? If you bought it, return it. Now.