Mortal Kombat 3

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Mortal Kombat 3
Sega Mega Drive
Williams Entertainment (US) Acclaim Entertainment (EU),
Sega Game Gear
Acclaim Entertainment
Sega Master System
Publisher(s) of original games: Midway
Developer(s) of original games: Midway
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Sound driver: GEMS
Peripherals supported:
Sega Mega Drive
Six Button Control Pad
Sega Game Gear
Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$? T-97116
Sega Mega Drive
£? T-81536-50
Sega Mega Drive
?F T-81536-50
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? T-81536-50
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas T-81536-50
Sega Mega Drive
?PTE$ MDJ20944
Sega Mega Drive
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
R$? 050010

Sega Master System
R$39.99 028730

Sega Game Gear
£? T-81368-50
Sega Game Gear
?F T-81368-50
Sega Game Gear
DM ? T-81368-50
Sega Game Gear
?Ptas T-81368-50
Sega Game Gear

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.


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.


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.


Mortal Kombat 3 makes significant changes to the game's cast, with even returning characters such as Sub-Zero sporting a very different look. Most notably, Mortal Kombat 3 takes some steps to reduce the number of palette-swapped characters - only the "cybenetic ninja" robots share sprites. MK3 is also notable for omitting fan-favourite Scorpion.

Shang Tsung
Missing in the 8-bit versions.
Jax (Major Jackson Briggs)
Liu Kang
Missing in the 8-bit versions.
Sonya (Blade)
(Kurtis) Styker
Missing in the 8-bit versions.
Cyrax (LK-4D4)
Sektor (LK-9T9)
Missing in the 8-bit versions.
Kung Lao
Missing in the 8-bit versions.
Shao Khan
Unlockable character Smoke was kept a secret in the arcade version, but is openly talked about in the Mega Drive port's manual.
Noob Saibot


Despite being the more technically advanced game, the Mega Drive Mortal Kombat 3 is a closer match to its arcade counterpart than its two immediate predecessors, Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat II were to theirs. The port is again limited by the lack of on-screen colours, and much lower sound quality than the arcade version, however the latter also applies to the Super NES port, whose sound is noticeably more muffled than other versions of the game.

Some of the finer details in the Mega Drive version, such as the HUD and menus (not to mention the larger resolution), are more accurate than on the Super NES, however while the Mega Drive version retains more of the arcade game's character aimation, the larger colour palette of the Super NES generally leads to a better looking game. Content-wise the two are identical.

The Master System and Game Gear versions, however, are severely stripped down, with fewer playable characters, far fewer frames of animation and fewer moves. In contrast to the 8-bit Sega ports of Mortal Kombat II, there are virtually no backgrounds in Mortal Kombat 3, no voice samples, and in the Game Gear version, no in-game music when fighting.

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

EGM2 US 15.pdf

Print advert in EGM² (US)

#15: "September 1995" (1995-xx-xx)

EGM US 075.pdfEGM US 075.pdf

Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US)

#75: "October 1995" (1995-xx-xx)

GamePlayers US 0811.pdf

Print advert in Game Players (US)

#0811: "Vol. 8 No. 11 November 1995" (1995-xx-xx)

EGM US 077.pdf

Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US)

#77: "December 1995" (1995-xx-xx)

ConsolesPlus FR 048.pdf

Print advert in Consoles + (FR)

#48: "Novembre 1995" (1995-xx-xx)

also published in:
  • Consoles + (FR) #51: "Février 1996" (199x-xx-xx)[2]

Hyper AU 025.pdf

Print advert in Hyper (AU)

#25: "December 1995" (1995-xx-xx)

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, p86/87[3]
90 №58, p68/69
94 №22, p92/93
95 №72, p32/33/34/35
37 №51, p36/37
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
8 reviews

Mega Drive, US
MK3 MD US Box.jpg
Mega Drive, EU
MK3 MD EU Box.jpg
MK3 MD EU Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, BR
MK3 MD BR Box.jpg
MK3 MD BR Cart.jpg
Mortalkombat3 md br manual.pdf

Master System version

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

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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MK3 GG EU Cart.jpg

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 dd638af6
MD5 4cca5c00ad312409791123258967d216
SHA-1 55cdcba77f7fcd9994e748524d40c98089344160
4MB 1995-07 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 af6de3e8
MD5 37bc95d82b0c4550e4c28cd3c7a6190b
SHA-1 7f555d647972fee4e86b66e840848e91082f9c2d
4MB 1995-08 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Master System
CRC32 395AE757
MD5 3BA73C09F35EA91BF36CD0B01BC1C044
SHA-1 F1F43F57982DD22CAA8869A85B1A05FA61C349DD
512kB Cartridge (BR)
Sega Game Gear
MD5 034CC8983558B3E42A4B9C2217D1BB68
SHA-1 034ECD615609EFB4D96669DDA7F32F546D5782F8
512kB Cartridge (EU)


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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)