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Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is a special edition Mortal Kombat 3 that includes many of the features not included in the final edition due to limitations. First released in the Arcades in 1995, the storyline yet again traces Shao Kahn's ploy to take over the Earth Realm, this time by the resurrection of his wife Sindel by his shadow priests.
Brace yourself and pick from 23 instantly selectable fighters from across the universe, faces both old and new to the series. Male Ninjas include Sub-Zero (masked form), Reptile, Noob, Ermak, Scorpion, and Rain. Female Ninjas include Jade, Mileena, and Kitana.
Cyber-Ninjas new to the Mortal Kombat series include Sektor, Cyrax, and Smoke. Other fighters consist of the street wise Stryker, American Indian NightWolf, Special Ops Sonya and Jax, escapee Kano, the unmasked Sub-Zero, Kung Lao, evil queen Sindel, priest sorcerer Shang Tsung, Bruce Lee look-a-like Lui Kang and the clinically dead Kabal.
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 features three modes of play: the standard one-on-one affair; two-player, two-on-two battles; and the newly added tournament mode, which allows up to eight players to take turns fighting in a knockout competition to find out who is the true champion.
For those of you who are content to play Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 in single-player fashion, players can choose from four destinies (novice, warrior, master, and master two), each with distinctive battle plans, though the final three battles always involve an endurance match, Motaro and Shao Kahn in battle.
Fighting locations implemented in this special edition of Mortal Kombat 3 include a desert (with Cyrax stuck in quick sand, endlessly wiggling to save himself), a New York street, a Portal entrance, Shao Kahn's Lair and the realm portal, among other new and old backdrops. Game options include handicaps, violence control (blood and fatalities), full control configuration, and the ability to select from five difficulty levels.
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3's only real new features are the assortment of old characters that were not in the original Mortal Kombat 3. Also, there are some new backgrounds and finishing moves, along with the eight-player tournament mode. New secret fighters and codes have been added for MK enthusiasts to try and work out. ~ Brad Penniment, All Game Guide