Mortal Kombat 3

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Mortal Kombat 3
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Williams Entertainment (US)
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Game Gear
Acclaim Entertainment (EU)
Sega Master System
Tec Toy
Developer:
Distributor:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Game Gear
Roadshow Interactive (AU)
Publisher(s) of original games: Midway Manufacturing
Developer(s) of original games: Midway Manufacturing
Sound driver: GEMS
Peripherals supported:
Sega Mega Drive
Six Button Control Pad
Sega Game Gear
Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Action[1]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
T-97116
ESRB: Mature
Sega Mega Drive
EU
T-81536-50
ELSPA: 15+ OK
Sega Mega Drive
PT
MDJ20944
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£59.9959.99[4] T-81536-50
ELSPA: 15+ OK
Sega Mega Drive
AU
OFLC: M15
Sega Mega Drive
BR
050010
Tectoy: 18+
Sega Mega Drive
ZA
Sega Master System
BR
R$39.9939.99 028730
Tectoy: 18+
Sega Game Gear
EU
T-81368-50
ELSPA: 11+ OK

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, PlayStation and the Super Nintendo in the following years. The Sega Master System version of the game was an exclusive Brazilian release by Tec Toy 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. Bernie Stolar (in his pre-Sega days) secured a six-month exclusivity deal for the PlayStation, and while a Saturn version was eventually announced by GT Interactive Software for release in early 1996[5], it is thought to have been dropped in favour of the updated Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.

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.

Characters

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.

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Shang Tsung
Missing in the 8-bit versions.
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Sindel
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Jax (Major Jackson Briggs)
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Kano
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Liu Kang
Missing in the 8-bit versions.
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Sonya (Blade)
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(Kurtis) Styker
Missing in the 8-bit versions.
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Sub-Zero
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Cyrax (LK-4D4)
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Sektor (LK-9T9)
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Nightwolf
Missing in the 8-bit versions.
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Sheeva
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Kung Lao
Missing in the 8-bit versions.
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Kabal
Motaro
Shao Khan
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Smoke
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

Versions

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 animation, 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.

Release in Germany

Like the previous games, the third game was banned and the only available version was the one on Game Boy. In 2005, the game was unbanned.

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

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Print advert in EGM² (US) #15: "September 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Dendy:Novaya real'nost' (RU) #19 (1995-08-17)
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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #75: "October 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Game Players (US) #0811: "Vol. 8 No. 11 November 1995" (1995-1x-xx)
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Print advert in Consoles + (FR) #48: "Novembre 1995" (1995-1x-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in AS Magazin-Video Igrice (SCG) #15: "Novembar 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #77: "December 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Hyper (AU) #25: "December 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Svet Kompjutera (YU) #136: "Januar 1996" (1996-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Strana Igr (RU) #1: "xxxx xxxx" (1996-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 №34, p40/41
Sega Mega Drive
92
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
80
[8]
Consoles + (FR)
92
[9]
Cool Gamer (RU)
90
[10]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
80
[11]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 10 (RU)
100
[12]
GameFan (US) NTSC-U
91
[13]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
68
[14]
GamePro (UK)
88
[15]
Hobby Consolas (ES) PAL
94
[16]
Joypad (FR)
92
[17]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
93
[18]
Next Generation (US) NTSC-U
75
[19]
Player One (FR)
90
[20]
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
94
[3]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
95
[4]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
96
[21]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
93
[22]
Sega Mega Drive Review (RU)
86
[23]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
97
[24]
Sega Mega Drive
89
Based on
19 reviews

Mortal Kombat 3

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Mortal Kombat 3 MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
MK3 MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
MK3 MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
MortalKombat3 MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
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PCB
Mega Drive, FR

Mortal Kombat 3 MD FR Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, PT
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Cover
Mega Drive, AU
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Cover
Mega Drive, BR
MK3 MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Mortalkombat3 md br manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, ZA
MK3 MD ZA Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart

Master System version

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

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Mega Force (FR)
62
[25]
Sega Game Gear
62
Based on
1 review

Mortal Kombat 3

Game Gear, EU
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Game Gear, AU

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
 ?
CRC32 c2be62bb
MD5 034cc8983558b3e42a4b9c2217d1bb68
SHA-1 034ecd615609efb4d96669dda7f32f546d5782f8
512kB Cartridge (EU)

External links

References

  1. File:MK3 GG EU Box Back.jpg
  2. EGM², "September 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 21
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sega Magazine, "October 1995" (UK; 1995-09-12), page 92
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Sega Power, "November 1995" (UK; 1995-09-21), page 32
  5. Sega Saturn Magazine, "November 1995" (UK; 1995-10-26), page 12
  6. Consoles +, "Février 1996" (FR; 1996-0x-xx), page 129
  7. Strana Igr, "Mart 1996" (RU; 1996-xx-xx), page 87
  8. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 137
  9. Consoles +, "Novembre 1995" (FR; 1995-1x-xx), page 94
  10. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 132
  11. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 336
  12. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 10, "" (RU; 2003-10-08), page 96
  13. GameFan, "Volume 3, Issue 10: October 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 17
  14. GamePro, "November 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 78
  15. GamePro, "November 1995" (UK; 1995-09-xx), page 61
  16. Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1995" (ES; 1995-xx-xx), page 70
  17. Joypad, "Novembre 1995" (FR; 1995-11-03), page 52
  18. Mean Machines Sega, "November 1995" (UK; 1995-09-29), page 86
  19. Next Generation, "November 1995" (US; 1995-10-24), page 187
  20. Player One, "Novembre 1995" (FR; 1995-1x-xx), page 68
  21. Sega Pro, "November 1995" (UK; 1995-10-05), page 36
  22. Sega Pro, "July 1996" (UK; 1996-05-xx), page 22
  23. Sega Mega Drive Review, "2" (RU; 1995-xx-xx), page 81
  24. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 120
  25. Mega Force, "Mars 1996" (FR; 1996-0x-xx), page 83


Mortal Kombat 3

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