Blood and guts, awesome hidden characters, terrifying brutal fatalities… That’s what people remember when someone brings up Mortal Kombat. That’s been the case since 1992, When Ed Boon and John Tobias released the first Mortal Kombat game onto the unsuspecting public. Since then, lots of controversy has followed the game, with allegations of depicted violence, sexuality and promoting the abuse of women surfaced. Through it all, Midway Games kept their heads high and defended their game, which has survived and thrived to this day. With Mortal Kombat XL releasing earlier this year. But this day in 1995 had kids with pockets full of quarters headed to the local arcade to play the latest game in the series, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.

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Ultimate MK3 was a followup to the earlier released Mortal Kombat 3, but was released with new characters, combos, and secret levels. The ultimate edition was released as an update of sorts for MK3 (Ah the days before internet and day one updates…) and was specifically designed to make improvements to graphics, combat balance, and to add to what was considered a very lackluster roster of fighters. Interestingly enough, arcade owners who had initially purchased the MK3 cabinet were given the Ultimate edition free of charge. Good guy Midway! Ultimate MK3 was just what the series needed, going on to be ported to the SNES, Genesis, Sega Saturn, and later re-released on PS2 and the Xbox Live arcade. While Mortal Kombat has always been a controversial series, it is loved by many, and makes it’s way to the top of loads of Top Ten fighting games lists. There is no denying that we as gamers love the competition a good game provides, and we love beating the snot out of our buddies with a controller in hand. So why not enjoy both?

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