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Mortal Kombat 3
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Williams Entertainment (US) Acclaim Entertainment (EU),
Sega Game Gear
Acclaim Entertainment
Sega Master System
Tectoy
Developer:
Publisher(s) of original games: Midway
Developer(s) of original games: Midway
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
ROM size:
Sega Mega Drive
4MB,
Sega Master System
Sega Game Gear
512kB
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action































Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
1995-10-13Media:MK3 US PrintAdvert.jpg[1] $? T-97116
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1995 £? T-81536-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
1995 $?  ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
1995 R$? 050010


Sega Master System
BR
$39.99 028730



Sega Game Gear
EU
£? T-81368-50



Mortal Kombat 3 is a fighting game and is the sequel to Mortal Kombat II. It was initially released in arcades in 1995, though was brought to the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear, DOS and Windows-based PCs, the Game Boy, Sony PlayStation and the Super Nintendo in the following years. The Sega Master System version of the game was an exclusive Brazilian release by Tectoy and is mostly identical to the Game Gear version, save the larger resolution.

Unlike Mortal Kombat II, Mortal Kombat 3 did not appear on the Sega Saturn (though such a release was planned), reportedly due to Bernie Stolar (in his pre-Sega days) securing a exclusivity deal for the PlayStation. The updated version, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 did see a release, however.

Story

Using the Outworld Tournament from Mortal Kombat II as a diversion, Shao Kahn's forces have invaded Earth, and it is up to Raiden's chosen warriors to stop him.

Gameplay

The game plays much like its prequels Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat II, although with several new additions to the gameplay. After selecting a character, players can choose a 'tower', which determines the order and number of opponents fought before reaching the final opponent, Shao Kahn. Before each fight, if two players enter a certain sequence of codes before the fight begins, a code will be activated, enabling one of several different effects, such as the disabling of certain moves, having the winner of the match skip directly to one of the final opponents, or starting a mini-game.

A combo system is also introduced in this game, with the game displaying the number of hits and damage inflicted with each one performed. All characters have their own specific combo string performed by hitting a certain sequence of buttons while close to the opponent. Characters are also now able to run towards each other with the use of a dedicated button, although use of this move is limited by a meter displayed under the character's health bar.

Characters get two fatalities, a friendship, and a babality each, with a new kind of finishing move known as an Animality introduced, where the character will transform into an animal before killing off the defeated opponent.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

MK3 Cast of Characters
  • Kano and Kabal: Rich Divizio
  • Sonya: Kerri Hoskins
  • Jax: John Parrish
  • Kung Lao: Tony Marquez
  • Stryker: Michael O'Brien
  • Sub-Zero and Shang Tsung: John Turk
  • Sindel: Lia Montelongo
  • Liu Kang: Eddie Wong
  • Nightwolf and Sektor: Sal DiVita
  • Cyrax and Smoke: Sal DiVita
  • Shao Kahn: Brian Glynn
Midway MK3 Design Team

Ed Boon, John Tobias, Steve Beran, Dan Forden, Tony Goskie, Dave Michicich, John Vogel

Sculptured Software Development Team

Lead Programmer: Jim Henn
Programmers: Patrick Alphonso, Mike Crandall, Paul Blagay
Art Manager: Gary Penacho
Sound and Drivers: Chris Braymen, Roy Wilkins
Artists: Neil Melville, Jeff Knight, Mary Scriven, Mike Lott, Kent Barney
Art Conversion: Jim 'Crash' Jung
Director: Jeff Peters
Development Tools: Ned Martin, Adam Clayton, Jim Henn, Rob Nelson, Mike Callahan, Patrick Alphonso
Testing Manager: Gary Rowberry
Night Shift Manager: Garon Galloway
Graveyard Shift Manager: Chandler Holbrook
Game Testers: John Howa, Scott Hanks, Chris Olsen, Ben Nielson, Greg Murphy, Ryan McBride, David Hanks, Ryan Milligan, Jason Humphrey, Tristan Bracken
Special Thanks to: John Blackburn, Todd Blackburn, Scott Perras, Altair Lane, Kevin Alphonso, Leanne Hornbuckle, Bill Trail, Chad Korb, Amy the Dither Monkey

Williams Entertainment Team

Manual Design and Production: Debbie Austin, Steve High, Shawn Murphy
Quality Control: Brian Johnson, Williams Entertainment Testing

Game Gear and Master System versions

Midway MK3 Design Team

Ed Boon, John Tobias, Steve Beran, Dan Forden, Tony Goskie, Dave Michicich, John Vogel

Mortal Kombat 3 Team

Programming: Mike Ager
Graphics: Haydn Dalton
Producing: Marc Dawson

Unbeatable Kombat Masters

Chris Brooks, Paul Essue, Craig Dobson, Simon Hundleby

Many Thanks Go To

For Game Info: John Tao
Technical Assistance: Paul Lee

Magazine articles

Main article: Mortal Kombat 3/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 №48, p94/95/96/97
92 №34, p40/41
92 №47, p52/53/54/55
93 №37, p86/87Media:MeanMachinesSega37UK.pdf[2]Media:MeanMachinesSega37UK.pdf
90 №58, p68/69
94 №22, p92/93
95 №72, p32/33/34/35
37 №51, p36/37
Sega Mega Drive
86
Based on
8 reviews

Mega Drive, US
MK3 MD US Box.jpg
Cover
MK3 MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Mortal Kombat 3 MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
MK3 MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
MK3 MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, BR
MK3 MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
MK3 MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Mortalkombat3 md br manual.pdf
Manual

Master System version

Master System, BR
MK3 SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
Mk3 sms br cart.jpg
Cart
MK3 SMS BR Manual.pdf
Manual

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
Sega Game Gear
Division by zero.
Based on
0 review

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Game Gear, EU
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Cover
MK3 GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart

References

  1. File:MK3 US PrintAdvert.jpg
  2. File:MeanMachinesSega37UK.pdf, page 86


Mortal Kombat games for Sega systems
Mortal Kombat (1993) | Mortal Kombat II (1994) | Mortal Kombat 3 (1995) | Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (1996) | Mortal Kombat Trilogy (1997) | Mortal Kombat Gold (1999)
Mortal Kombat & Mortal Kombat II (unreleased)