Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

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Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Saturn
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Saturn
Williams Entertainment (US)
Sega Mega Drive
Acclaim Entertainment (EU)
Sega Saturn
GT Interactive Software (EU)
Developer:
Licensor: Midway Manufacturing
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
GEMS
Peripherals supported:
Sega Mega Drive
Six Button Control Pad
Genre: Fighting

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
US
$59.9959.99 T-9701H
ESRB: Mature
Sega Saturn
EU
T-25403H-50
BBFC: 15
Sega Saturn
DE
T-25403H-50
USK: 18
Sega Saturn
PT
STJGT0209
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.9944.99[5] T-25403H-50
BBFC: 15
Sega Saturn
PL
219zł219
Sega Saturn
AU
FULT07SSC
OFLC: MA15
Sega Saturn
BR
Tectoy: 18+
Sega Mega Drive
US
T-97146
ESRB: Mature
Sega Mega Drive
EU
T-81616-50
BBFC: 15
Sega Mega Drive
PT
MDJAK0402
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£44.9944.99[7] T-81616-50
BBFC: 15
Sega Mega Drive
GR
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$79.9979.99[8] 047240
Tectoy: 18+
Non-Sega versions

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Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is an update to Mortal Kombat 3, adding extra characters and stages as well as tweaking some of the gameplay. As well as appearing in the arcades, it was brought first to the Sega Saturn and then to the Sega Mega Drive and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. More recently it has been re-released for the Nintendo DS and Xbox Live Arcade.

Gameplay

Fighters

Building on Mortal Kombat 3, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 features the whole cast of its non-Ultimate counterpart (although on the Mega Drive, Sheeva is cut), and re-introduces some characters from Mortal Kombat II.

Rain
Missing in the Saturn version. Rain was originally a joke character teased in the arcade Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (performing a combo on Shao Kahn during the attract sequence) but was purposely not made playable until these home ports. He is named after the Prince song, "Purple Rain".
Reptile
(Kurtis) Styker
Jax (Major Jackson Briggs)
Nightwolf
Jade
Noob Saibot
Sonya (Blade)
Kano
Mileena
Unlockable in the Saturn version.
Sub-Zero
Sub-Zero (classic)
Unlockable in the Saturn version.
Kung Lao
Sektor (LK-9T9)
Kitana
Ermac
Unlockable in the Saturn version. Short for "Error Macro", Ermac is named after an acronym found in earlier versions of the audit menu in the original Mortal Kombat. Speculation about what this number meant led to the name being teased in Mortal Kombat II, and being made into a fully fledged fighter in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.
Scorpion
Cyrax (LK-4D4)
Kabal
Sindel
Smoke
Liu Kang
Shang Tsung
Sheeva
Missing in the Mega Drive version.
Motaro
Shao Khan
Chameleon
Chameleon, who would make his full debut in Mortal Kombat Trilogy exists in the Mega Drive version of the game, but can only be accessed through cheat devices. While in Trilogy he constantly changes colour and mimics the moves of the other male ninjas, here he uses Scorpion's yellow colours (sometimes switching to Rain's) and is clearly unfinished.

Versions

Mega Drive version

Using the prior MK3 port as a base, the Mega Drive version takes a hit in terms of graphical quality, but still provides extras not seen in the arcade original. Like the SNES port, Rain and Noob Saibot are made playable characters along with bosses Motaro and Shao Kahn. Mileena, Ermac and Classic Sub-Zero are playable without any need of codes. Shang Tsung can morph into Robot Smoke, Noob Saibot, and Rain, which is not possible in the arcades.

Brutalities are also included in this version. Nightwolf has his Red shadow shoulder move from Mortal Kombat Trilogy and this version contained a rendition of Pong entitled "MK4".

Animalities and Mercies were removed, reducing the number of finishing moves. (however, Kabal still has his animality combination coded and if executed, it causes lots of random glitches.) Shao Kahn's treasure chest has only 10 boxes instead of 12, and the announcer no longer says the characters' names. Most of the levels seen in Mortal Kombat 3 are missing, including The Balcony and The Street, so uppercutting in the Subway and Soul Chamber does not take the player to the level above. Although the Bell Tower has been removed, the Stage Fatality is still in the code and executable.

Another leftover from MK3 that wasn't totally deleted was code data for the 'Endurance Mode', which is still accessible through a Game Genie code. Sheeva has been removed, although her sound clips are still available in the sound test. Sonya's Friendship from Mortal Kombat 3 is used, as opposed to her Friendship from the arcade version of UMK3.

Scorpion's "Flaming Hand" Fatality is different too: he takes the opponent back to the Scorpion's Lair stage, where they just catch on fire and explode. Kitana's Kiss of Death only inflates heads with the same effect as Kabal's "Air Pump" Fatality. Rain and Noob were given a Brutality, but no other finishing moves. Human Smoke shares Scorpion's combos, rather than having unique ones and in Stryker's friendship, the running characters are replaced by dogs.

On the Mega Drive, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is generally seen as closer to the original arcade game than its Super NES counterpart when it comes to gameplay and content. The Super NES has the advantage of higher quality audio and more colourful (if lower resolution) graphics, though some stages lack parallax scrolling, or are omitted from the game due to cartridge space or time restraints.

Saturn version

Curiously, the Saturn version is less accurate, being closer to Mortal Kombat 3 in design, dropping many Ultimate features.

The Bank level that was present in MK3 but was missing from the arcade UMK3 returns. Shang Tsung was given a morph for the Robot Smoke, which was not possible in the arcades. The secret characters can be unlocked via a secret options screen, eliminating the need to enter three separate Kombat Kodes to unlock them, which is useful as there is no save system. The Kombat Kodes (to unlock the secret characters) were shortened to have six slots instead of ten (probably in order to allow it to be performed with only one controller), but this method is still slower than entering one code to access the secret options screen.

There are a few new Kombat Kodes, but several that were present in the arcade release no longer work in the Saturn version. Noob Saibot is a shadow Kano as in MK3, not a black ninja as in the arcade version of UMK3. Since the arcade intro is missing, Rain does not appear in the game, yet the message Kombat Kode "Rain can be found in the Graveyard" can still be displayed.

Loading times cause the "Supreme Demonstration" mode to take almost 30 minutes to complete.

History

Release

A Japanese Saturn version was planned, but cancelled. This version was set to be published by SoftBank[9].

As with previous games in the series, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 was banned in Germany on launch. The ban would not be overturned until 2005.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Midway Manufacturing MK3 Ultimate Design Team
  • Ed Boon, John Tobias, Steve Beran, Dan Forden, Tony Goskie, Dave Michicich, John Vogel
Avalanche Software Development Team
  • Programmers: Jim Henn, Gary Penacho, John Blackburn, Todd Blackburn
  • Artists: Derek Newman, Alan Taylor
  • Sound By: Chris Braymen
  • Avalanche Software Testing: Jason Humphrey
  • Special Thanks To: Patrick Alphonso, Mike Crandall, Paul Blagay, Jeff Knight, Neil Melville, Mike Lott, Kent Barney, Roy Wilkins, Jim 'Crash' Jung
  • Thanks To: Ned Martin, Adam Clayton, Rob Nelson, Mike Callahan
  • Michael Rubinelli, Michael Gottlieb, Curtis R. Cherrington
  • Williams Entertainment Testing: Mike Vinikour, Eddie Ferrier, J.R. Salazar, Richard Blair, Ross Deynata, Kevin Elrod, Andy Kaffka, Fred Pampo, Ben Larkin, Toan Ngo
  • Special Thanks To: Dave Schwartz, Mark Guidarelli, Paul Dussault, Jim Flaharty, Justin Heber, Will Shen
Source:
In-game credits

Saturn version

Ultimate MK3 Design Team:
  • Software: Ed Boon
  • Graphics: John Tobias, Steve Beran, Tony Goskie, Dave Michicich, John Vogel
  • Sounds and Music: Dan Forden
Ultimate MK3 Saturn Development Team:
  • Producer and Programming: Mark Hetherington
  • Hardware Code: Paul Bates
  • Programming: Dave Pridmore
  • Sound and Music: Neil Baldwin
  • Steve Richie as The Voice of Shao Khan
  • Grunts, Screams, Groans and Gibberish: Jon Hey, Peg Burr, Dan Forden, Ann Mazza, Vince Pontarelli, Ed Boon
  • Eurocom Entertainment Testing: Richard Moody, Kevin Holt
  • Many Thanks Go To: Hugh Binns, Adrian Mannion, David Schwartz, Greg Miller, Mark May, Mark Guidarelli, Scott Patterson, Rob Atesalp
  • Packaging and Print Material: Debbie Austin, Steve High, Shawn Murphy, Dave Young
  • Product Manager: Brian Johnson
  • Williams Entertainment Testing: Peter Chang, Steve Kramer, J.R.Salazar, Will Shen, Jason Shigenaka, John Stookey, John Ubalde, Eddie Fe
  • Special Thanks: Michael Rubinelli, Michael Gottlieb
Source:
In-game credits
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 Saturn credits.pdf
[10]

Magazine articles

Main article: Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
80
[11]
Cool Gamer (RU)
80
[12]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
75
[7]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
80
[13]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 10 (RU)
100
[14]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
70
[15]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
86
[16]
Sega Power (GR)
80
[17]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
98
[18]
Sega Mega Drive
83
Based on
9 reviews

Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

Mega Drive, US
UMK3 MD US back.jpgUMK3 MD US Box.jpg
Cover
UMK3 MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
UMK3 MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
UMK3 MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, PT

Mega Drive, GR
UMK3 MD GR Box.jpg
Cover
UMK3 MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, BR
UMK3 MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
UMK3 MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
UMK3 md br manual.pdf
Manual

Saturn version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
73 №0906, p61
90 №43, p40/41
Sega Saturn
82
Based on
2 reviews
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
576 KByte (HU)
91
[19]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
75
[4]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
86
[20]
Freak (IL)
89
[21]
Gambler (PL)
85
[22]
GameFan (US) NTSC-U
82
[23]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
85
[24]
Maximum (UK)
75
[25]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
73
[26]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
93
[5]
Player One (FR)
90
[27]
Sega News (CZ)
86
[28]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
93
[29]
Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) PAL
91
[30]
Total Saturn (UK) PAL
81
[31]
Sega Saturn
85
Based on
15 reviews

Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

Saturn, US
UMK3 Saturn US Box Back.jpgUMK3 Saturn US Box Front.jpg
Cover
UMK3 Saturn US Disc.jpg
Disc
Umk3 sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
UMK3 Saturn EU Box.jpg
Cover
UMK3 Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 SAT EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Saturn, PT
UMK3 Saturn PT cover.jpg
Cover
UMK3 Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, AU
UMK3 Saturn AU back.jpgNospine.pngUMK3 Saturn AU cover.jpg
Cover
UMK3 Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, BR
UMK3 Saturn BR Box Front.jpg
Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 7290770d
MD5 5a129779699f8b388e97c9c0d703d503
SHA-1 bf2da4a7ae7aa428b0b316581f65b280dc3ba356
4MB 1996-08 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 ecfb5cb4
MD5 3dcf09e58870a2cf850f9788078684be
SHA-1 044bfdb3761df7c4d54a25898353fabcd3f604a3
4MB 1996-10 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
459,042,192 CD-ROM (EU) T-25403H-50 V1.007
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
459,053,952 CD-ROM (EU) T-25403H-50 (Alt) V2.000
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
459,025,728 CD-ROM (US) T-9701H V1.006
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1996-02-07 Page

References

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  4. 4.0 4.1 Computer & Video Games, "June 1996" (UK; 1996-05-09), page 72
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  6. GamePro, "September 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 76
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  9. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1996-15 (1996-09-13)" (JP; 1996-08-23), page 149
  10. File:Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 Saturn credits.pdf
  11. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 140
  12. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 136
  13. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 340
  14. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 10, "" (RU; 2003-10-08), page 104
  15. GamePro, "December 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 155
  16. Mean Machines Sega, "March 1997" (UK; 1997-01-29), page 80
  17. Sega Power, "Ávgoustos-Septémvrios 1997" (GR; 1997-xx-xx), page 53
  18. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 208
  19. 576 KByte, "Szeptember 1996" (HU; 1996-xx-xx), page 20
  20. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "June 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 20
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  25. Maximum, "April 1996" (UK; 1996-04-27), page 126
  26. Mega Force, "Mai 1996" (FR; 1996-0x-xx), page 85
  27. Player One, "Mai 1996" (FR; 1996-0x-xx), page 94
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Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

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Prereleases:
Sega Saturn
Prototypes: 1996-02-07



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