Mortal Kombat 3 is Released

Mortal Kombat 3 (or MK3) is the third game in the Mortal Kombat series, released in arcades in 1995.

It was updated into Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, and later Mortal Kombat Trilogy. Mortal Kombat 3 has been released for DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, PlayStation, Saturn, SEGA Master System, SNES and Windows. Players can see the movie advertisement after Smoke is unlocked.

Mortal Kombat 3 builds further on the gameplay of the previous game. A "Run" button, accompanied by a "Run" meter, was introduced. This was primarily to address concern from fans who thought that the previous games gave too much of an advantage to the defending player. The Run meter is drained by running (the character cannot run backwards, only forwards) and by performing combos. "Chain combos", also known as pre-programmed combos (labelled "dial-a-combos") were also introduced. Chain combos are preprogrammed button presses that cannot be interrupted once one hit connects (e.g., one of Sonya's chain combos is HK-HK-HP-HP-LP-b+HP). Some chain combos end with an uppercut or other move that knocks the opponent into the air, so that more punishment can be dealt via a traditional juggle combo. To please players of various skill levels, a "Choose Your Destiny" screen appears in 1-player mode. This new feature allowed player-selectable difficulty.

Despite the evolutions in gameplay, Mortal Kombat 3 was simply not met with same kind of enthusiasm as its predecessor. While the new "cyber-ninja" characters were popular, the loss of so many favorites from the roster left many players feeling left out. A new Mortal Kombat was impossible to ignore, but the response wasn't quite what Midway had hoped for. Rather than starting on a fourth game right away, they instead got to work on an updated version for both arcades and the home consoles.

Before the end of the year, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 had hit arcades, and was on its way home. In addition to character tweaks made to help balance the game, and improvements to the spotty AI, they brought back the greatly missed ninjas: Kitana, Mileena, Scorpion, and Reptile, joined by Jade, who was an unplayable secret character in the second title. The revision helped to win over some frustrated fans, but followers of Johnny Cage, Raiden, and Baraka remained perturbed.