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Mortal Kombat 3 The Arcade Version


1994 saw the release of Mortal Kombat 3, with a diverse cast of characters, crisp graphics and an interact combo system.

Screen Information

screen type: raster
screen orientation: horizontal
screen aspect: 4 x 3
resolution x: 400 pixels
resolution y: 254 pixels
colors used: 32768
video frequency: 53.20 Hz

Input Information

number of players: 2
control: joy8way
number of buttons: 6
number of coin slots: 4
tilt: yes
service: yes


TMS34010: 6.250 MHz (cpu)
ADSP2105: 10.240 MHz (cpu)
Custom: 0.000 MHz (audio)


  • This game runs on the Midway Wolf Unit hardware.
  • This is the first Mortal Kombat game to have bi-level battlefields, which lets players uppercut their opponent to the background stage above them when the battle takes place in certain background stages.
  • The first game in the series to feature the Run button and the controversial command combo system.
  • The story of Stryker: Originally, the character Kurtis Stryker was supposed to appear on MK1, but he was scrapped early in the development process when beta tests revealed player's interests on a female character (Sonya replaced him). Later, on MK2 Kurtis Stryker made it almost to the final game, but had his name changed at the last time to... Jax. Finally on MK3 a completely new character named Stryker made its appearance.
  • 'Sektor' and 'Cyrax' before given their names were called 'ketchup' and 'mustard'.


Prototype 4.0:

  • AAMA warning in black
  • Shao Kahn just falls over when defeated
  • No ending credits
  • Computer only does combos for finishing moves
  • Motaro could be frozen by Sub-Zero
  • Motaro and Shao Kahn turn white when frozen

Revision 1.0:

  • AAMA warning in black and blue
  • Sindel, Kabal, Cyrax, and Sektor's Animalities added
  • Kano's fatalities have been changed
  • Galaxian game added
  • Vs. codes have been changed
  • Winning streak added
  • Ultimate code added
  • Subway and Shao Kahn Tower fatalities added
  • Credits listed
  • Performing Kabal's animality without a mercy resets the game
  • Computer does fatalities
  • Motaro can no longer be frozen by Sub-Zero.

Revision 2.0:

  • Computer intelligence increased
  • Main Story Plot added
  • More blood added
  • Finishing moves have been changed
  • Characters with unchanged finishing moves: Stryker, Kung Lao, Sindel, Kabal's screamer
  • Babalities added
  • Friendships added
  • Combos altered
  • Shao Kahn's death altered
  • Movie Promo added
  • Antony Espindola included in the credits
  • Sub-Zero can no longer freeze Motaro
  • Smoke's finishing moves added
  • Shao Khan looks normal when frozen, instead of white.
  • Unlock Smoke Animation changed

Revision 2.1:

  • Computer intelligence increased
  • Damage on some combos lowered (Sub-Zero, Kabal)
  • Free credit trick taken out
  • Smoke stays in memory after UKC is entered. (Smoke will be erased in earlier versions should the game reset to factory default settings.)
  • Cyrax's double fatality glitch removed.

Revision 2.1:

  • Revision 2.1 Gameplay
  • Multiplayer support over a T1 connection


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