Lost In Translation/Mortal Kombat 3

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Mortal Kombat 3
Mortal Kombat 3 marquee.
No screen shot.
Mortal Kombat 3 control panel.
Manufacturer Midway
Released 1994
8-way Joystick
6 Button(s)
Main CPU TMS34010 (@ 6.250 MHz)
ADSP2105 (@ 10.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
DMA-driven DAC
Raster (Horizontal)
399 x 253 pixels
54.82 Hz
32,768 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 26 ROMs
24,117,248 bytes (23.00 MiB)
MAME ID mk3 · mk3r10 · mk3r20 · umk3 · umk3r10 · umk3r11

About The Game

Mortal Kombat 3 is a one-on-one fighting arcade video game.

Suceeding in taking over the Earth realm, Shao Khan takes all the human souls on Earth as his own. To stop the Outworld realm from totally merging with the Earth realm, a few Earth warriors were chosen to have their souls protected from Shao Kahn in order to defend the Earth realm in a new Mortal Kombat tournament. 14 digitized characters fight to overthrow Shao Khan and his Centaur lieutenant Motaro.

Additional Technical Information

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 6

=> [1] High Punch, [2] Block, [3] High Kick

=> [4] Low Punch, [5] Low Kick, [6] Run


This is the first Mortal Kombat game to have bi-level battlefields, which lets players uppercut their opponent to the level above them when fighting on certain levels.

This is the first Mortal Kombat arcade game that did not include Scorpion, and, according to series co-creator Ed Boon, the last. It's also the first game in the series to feature the 'Run' button and the controversial command combo system.

Originally, the character Kurtis Stryker was supposed to appear in MK1, but was scrapped early in the development process when beta tests revealed a player interest in a female character in the game, which led to Sonya replacing Stryker. In MK2, Kurtis Stryker almost made it to the final game, but finally had his name changed to... Jax. For MK3, a new Kurtis Stryker is created and is finally made part of a MK game.

'Sektor' and 'Cyrax' before given their names were called 'ketchup' and 'mustard'.

The head that occasionally appears after an uppercut or combo and says 'Toasty' is the digitized head of Dan Forden who worked on the sound and music for the game.

Midway / Toasty Productions released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Musik: MK3 & MK4 Arcade Video Game Soundtrack) on 01/01/1997.


PROTO 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.

REV. 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 could be frozen by Sub-Zero.

REV. 2.0 :

  • Computer intelligence increased.
  • Main Story Plot added.
  • More blood added.
  • Finishing moves have been changed.
  • 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.
  • Smoke's Portal stage added (used only when fighting against Smoke).
  • Shao Khan looks normal when frozen, instead of white.

REV. 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.

Tips and tricks

Ultimate Kombat Kodes

The Ultimate Kombat Codes appear at the single player game over screen. The following buttons control each box, from left to right : HP LP BL LK HK (Player-1 side) HP LP BL LK HK (Player-2 side). The numbers indicate how many times each button should be pressed to display the correct symbol in the box. A dash separates the player-1 entries from the player-2 entries :

  • Play as Smoke - 10902-22234

Kombat Kodes

Kombat Kodes are entered at the 2 player versus screen that appears after character selection. The following buttons control each box, from left to right : LP BL LK (player-1 side) LP BL LK (player-2 side). The numbers indicate how many times each button should be pressed to display the correct symbol in the box. A dash separates the player one entries from the player 2 entries. A message will appear when the match begins to confirm correct code entry:

  • 466-466 - Unlimited run
  • 688-422 - Dark Kombat
  • 985-125 - Psycho Kombat
  • 460-460 - Randper Kombat
  • 020-020 - Blocks disabled
  • 033-000 - Player 1 Half Power
  • 000-033 - Player 2 Half Power
  • 707-000 - Player 1 Quarter Power
  • 000-707 - Player 2 Quarter Power
  • 969-141 - Winner fights Motaro
  • 033-564 - Winner fights Shao Kahn
  • 205-205 - Winner fights Smoke
  • 642-468 - Play Galaga
  • 769-342 - Winner fights Noob Saibot
  • 987-123 - No life bars
  • 100-100 - Throwing disabled
  • 987-666 - Hold Flippers during casino run

Double Stage

If a character is uppercutted, they will fly up to the other stage:

  • Subway => Street
  • Bank => Rooftop
  • Soul Chamber => Balcony

Random Select

To have the computer randomly select your character, press Up and the Start button.


Shang Tsung
(close) hold LP, Down, Forward(x2), Down, and release LP - Tsung creates a bed of spikes and throws the opponent onto them.
(REV 1.0) hold LP, Down, Forward, Down, Forward, and release LP.
(close) hold LP, Run, Block, Run, Block, and release LP - Tsung levitates the opponent off the ground. He steals their soul and their remains fall to the ground in a green puddle.
(jump distance) Run(x2), Block, Run, Block - Sindel coils her hair around the opponent. She then pulls her hair back, causing the opponent to go into a violent spin, sending blood and body parts everywhere.
(close) Run, Block(x2), Run+Block - Sindel screams at the opponent, causing the opponent's skin to fly off.
(close) hold Block, Up, Down, Forward, Up, and release Block - Jax's arms form into long blades. He then cuts the opponent to pieces.
(REV 1.0) hold Block, Forward, Down, Back, Up, Forward, and release Block.
(far) Run, Block, Run(x2), LK - Jax grows to an immense size and steps on the opponent.
(REV 1.0) Run(x3), Block, LK.
(close) hold LP, Forward, Down(x2), Forward, and release LP - Kano pulls the opponent's skeleton out through their mouth.
(jump distance) LP, Block(x2), HK - Kano fires a laser from his eye that heats up the opponent until they explode.
Liu Kang
(jump distance) Forward(x2), Down(x2), LK - Liu Kang disappears and reforms on the opponent as fire. The opponent is reduced to a burning skeleton.
(REV 1.0) Forward(x3), Back, Forward, LK.
(anywhere) Up, Down, Up(x2), Run+Block - Liu Kang disappears and a Mortal Kombat machine falls on the opponent.
(REV 1.0) hold Block, Up(x3), Run+Block.
Sonya Blade
(jump distance) Back, Forward, Down(x2), Run - Sonya blows a kiss at the opponent, turning him into a burning skeleton.
(REV 1.0) Down(x2), Forward, LK.
(far) hold Block+Run, Up(x2), Back, Down, and release Block+Run - Sonya blows a pink bubble at the opponent. The opponent is engulfed in the bubble, which eventually collapses, crushing them.
Kurtis Stryker
(close) Down, Forward, Down, Forward, Block - Stryker plants explosives on the opponent and runs away just before they explode.
(far) Forward(x3), LK - Stryker fires a tazer at the opponent, electrocuting them.
(far) Up(x2), Forward, Down - Smoke opens his chest and bombs pour out. The screen fades to a picture of the Earth just seconds before the Earth explodes.
(jump distance) hold Run+Block, Down(x2), Forward, Up - Smoke drops an anarchist's bomb down the opponent's throat, causing them to explode.
(close) Block(x2), Run, Block, Run - Sub-Zero grabs the opponent and lifts them over his head. He freezes them and proceeds to shatter them in a massive explosion and throws the ice and body parts to the ground.
(REV 1.0) Down, Forward, Down, Forward, LP.
(jump distance) Back(x2), Down, Back, Run - Sub-Zero blows a mist that freezes the opponent. They fall over and shatter.
(REV 1.0) Down, Forward, Back, HK.
(anywhere) Down(x2), Up, Down, HP - Cyrax's head spins like a helicopter. He flies up and comes down head first on the opponent.
(REV 1.0) Up(x3), Down, HP.
(close) Down(x2), Forward, Up, Run - Cyrax self-distructs, taking the opponent with him.
(REV 1.0) Forward, Back, Down, Up, Forward, Down, Run.
(jump distance) LP, Run(x2), Block - Sektor crushes the opponent in a huge clamp.
(REV 1.0) Back(x3), HK.
(jump distance) Forward(x3), Back, Block - Sektor uses a flame thrower on the opponent.
(close) hold Block, Up(x2), Back, Forward, release Block, Block - Nightwolf causes a great light to engulf the opponent, which disintegrates them.
(REV 1.0) Down, Forward(x2), HK.
(jump distance) Back(x3), Down, HP - Nightwolf summons lightning into his tomahawk. He then electrocutes the opponent.
(REV 1.0) Back(x3), HP.
(close) Forward, Down(x2), Forward, LP - Sheeva pounds the opponent into the ground like a nail.
(REV 1.0) Forward(x3), LP.
(close) hold HK, Forward, Back, Forward(x2) and release HK - Sheeva rips all the opponent's skin off.
(REV 1.0) hold HK, Forward(x3), and release HK.
Kung Lao
(close) Forward(x2), Back, Down, HP - Kung Lao throws his hat. It makes four passes at the opponent, cutting them into pieces.
(anywhere) Run, Block, Run, Block, Down - Kung Lao does his whirl spin. The opponent gets pulled in and is torn apart.
(jump distance) Down(x2), Back, Forward, Block - Kabal plugs his respirator into the opponent. Their head inflates and they float off the screen where they explode.
(REV 1.0) Back(x2), Forward, Down, Block.
Run, Block(x3), HK - Kabal removes his mask to reveal a hideous face and screams at the opponent. The opponent is so frightened that their soul jumps out of their body.
Fatality - Stage
  1. Shao Kahn Tower - the opponent falls seven stories onto a bed of spikes.
  2. Subway - the opponent is uppercutted into the far tracks where they are hit by an oncoming train.
  3. The Pit III - the opponent is knocked of into rotating blades and cut apart.
Hold Block, Up(x2), Back, Release Block, LP
Down(x3), LP
Down, Forward, Down, LP
Hold Block, Up(x2), Back, Release Block, LK
Run, Block(x2), LK
Forward(x2), Down, HP
hold Block, Forward, Up(x2), Release Block, HK
Forward(x2), Down, LK
Back, Down, Forward(x2), HK
Run, Block, Run
Run(x3), Down
Run(x2), Block
Down, Forward, Down, Forward, LP
Down(x2), Forward(x2), LK
Block(x2), HK

Finish Him - Mercy

(Anywhere) Hold Run, Down(x3), and release Run.

Finish him - Animality (After Mercy)

(jump distance) hold HP, Run(x3), and release HP - Tsung tunrs into a large green cobra and devours the opponent.
Forward, Up, HP - Sindel turns into a purple wasp and carries the opponent off while stinging them.
(REV 1.0) Forward(x2), HP.
(close) hold LP, Forward(x2), Down, Forward, and release LP - Jax turns into a yellow lion and pounces on the opponent.
(close) hold HP, Block(x3), and release HP - Kano turns into an orange spider and crushes the opponent.
(jump distance) Down(x2), Up - Liu Kang turns into a giant green dragon and bites the opponent in half.
(close) hold LP, Back, Forward, Down, Forward, and release LP - Sonya turns in to a large green bird and hovers over the opponent. She carries the opponent off screen where there is a crunching sound and bones fall back to the ground.
(demi jump distance) Run(x3), Block - Stryker turns into a red tyrannosaurus rex and bites the opponent in half.
(jump distance) Down, Forward(x2), Block - Smoke turns into a black bull and rams the opponent off the screen.
(close) Forward, Up(x2) - Sub-Zero turns into a blue polar bear and pounces on the opponent.
(close) Up(x2), Down(x2) - Cyrax turns into a light-blue Shark. He swims off the screen then pops up behind the opponent and eats them.
(REV 1.0) Up(x2), Down.
(close) Forward(x2), Down, Up - Sektor turns into a giant purple bat. He flies to the opponent and decapitates him.
(REV 1.0) (close) Down(x2), Up.
(close) Forward(x2), Down(x2) - Nightwolf turns into a red wolf and pounces on the opponent.
(REV 1.0) Down(x2).
(close) Run, Block(x3), Block - Sheeva turns into a giant purple scorpion and stings the opponent, causing him to explode.
(close) Run(x4), Block - Kung Lao turns into a yellow leopard and pounces on the opponent.
(close) hold HP, Forward(x2), Down, Forward, and release HP - Kabal turns into a green skeleton of a rhinoceros and butts the opponent into the air.
(REV 1.0) hold HP 3 seconds, and release.

Finish him - Babalities

Don't use Block during the last round) :

Run(x3), LK.
Run(x3), Up.
Down(x3), LK.
Forward(x2), Down(x2), LK.
Down(x3), High Kick.
Down(x2), Forward, LK.
Down, Forward(x2), Back, HP.
Down(x2), Back(x2), HK.
Down, Back(x2), HK.
Forward(x2), Back, HP.
Back, Down(x3), HK.
Forward, Back, Forward, Back, LP.
Down(x3), Back, HK.
Down, Forward(x2) HP.
Run(x2), LK.

Finish Him - Friendship

Don't use Block during the last round:

(close) LK, Run(x2) Down - Tsung turns into the character from "Joust" and hops off.
Run(x5), Up - Sindel kicks a ball over the opponent and makes a 'Goal' sign. She says, 'That was fun!'.
LK, Run(x2), LK - Jax takes out a jump rope and starts skipping.
LK, Run(x2), HK - Kano munches on some bubble gum and blows a large bubble, which eventually bursts all over his face.
Down(x3), Run - A film screen pops up and Liu Kang makes a shadow puppet of a dragon.
Back, Forward, Back, Down, Run - Sonya does 'Elbow Sex' with herself??
LP, Run(x2), LP - Stryker blows a whistle and takes out a stop sign. The other kombatants run by and Stryker directs them to the other side.
Run(x3), HK - An enormous brass horn comes out of Smoke's chest, and he blares a note.
(anywhere) LK, Run(x2), Up - Sub-Zero engulfs himself in a snowman.
Run(x3), Up - Cyrax does a little dancing.
Run(x4), Down - A Ring-the-Bell game pops up and Sektor plays it.
Run(x3), Down - Nightwolf turns into Raiden. A Mortal Kombat 2 machine falls behind him. At the bottom of the screen are the words : "I have never seen a Kano Transformation!", OR "No, but I know how to do a Raiden Transformation!".
Forward(x2), Down, Forward, HP (Hold joystick forward when pressing High Punch) - Sheeva holds a stick in each hand and balances a plate on each.
Run, LP, Run, LK - Kung Lao tosses his hat off screen. A dog chases after the hat. Kung Lao covers his eyes as there is a cry off screen, then sadly shakes his head.
Run, LK, Run(x2), Up - Kabal roasts a marshmallow on his hook sword.


  1. Mortal Kombat (1992)
  2. Mortal Kombat II (1993)
  3. Mortal Kombat 3 (1994)
  4. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (1994)
  5. Mortal Kombat Trilogy (1996, Nintendo 64, Sony Playstation, Sega Saturn)
  6. Mortal Kombat Mythologies - Sub-Zero (1997, Nintendo 64, Sony PlayStation)
  7. Mortal Kombat 4 (1997)
  8. Mortal Kombat Gold (1997, Sega Dreamcast)
  9. Mortal Kombat - Special Forces (2000, Sony PlayStation)
  10. Mortal Kombat Advance (2001, Nintendo Game Boy Advance)
  11. Mortal Kombat - Deadly Alliance (2002, Nintendo GameCube, Microsoft XBOX, Sony PlayStation 2)
  12. Mortal Kombat - Tournament Edition (2003, Nintendo Game Boy Advance)
  13. Mortal Kombat - Deception / Mystification (2004, Microsoft XBOX, Sony PlayStation 2)
  14. Mortal Kombat - Shaolin Monks (2005, Microsoft XBOX, Sony PlayStation 2)
  15. Mortal Kombat - Armageddon (2006, Microsoft XBOX, Sony PlayStation 2)


Ed Boon
John Tobias
Steve Beran
Tony Goskie
Dave Michicich
John Vogel
Sound & Music
Dan Forden
Executive Producers
Neil Nicastro
Ken Fedesna
Paul Dussault
Hardware Designers
Pat Cox
Steve Correll
Ray Gay
Mark Loffredo
John Lowes
Ray Macika
Cary Mednick
Steve Norris
Senior Hardware Technicians
Sheridan Oursler
Al Lasko
Jeff Peters
Sales & Marketing
Joe Dillon
Rachel Davies
Lenore Sayers
Mark Chan
Roger Sharpe
Grunts, Screams, Groans & Gibberish
John Hey
Peg Burr
Dan Forden
Ann Mazza
Vince Pontarelli
Ed Boon
Game Testers/Analysis
Mike Vinikour
Eddie Ferrier


Richard Divizio
Kerri Hoskins
Richard Divizio
John Parrish
Michael Obrien
Liu Kang
Eddie Wong
Nightwolf, Sektor, Cyrax & Smoke
Sal Divita
Sub-Zero, Shang Tsung, Scorpion & Reptile
John Turk
Kitana, Jade & Mileena
Becky Gable
Lia Montelongo
Shao Kahn
Brian Glynn
Kung Lao
Tony Marquez
Voice of Shao Kahn
Steve Ritchie

Cabinet and Artwork


Sega Master System
Nintendo Super Famicom (1995)
Sega Mega Drive (1995)
Sony PlayStation (1995)
Sega Game Gear (1995)
Nintendo Game Boy (1995)
Sega Saturn (1996, "Ultimate Mortal Kombat")
Nintendo Super Famicom (1996, "Ultimate Mortal Kombat")
Sega Mega Drive (1996, "Ultimate Mortal Kombat")
Microsoft XBOX (2004, "Midway Arcade Treasures 2")
Nintendo GameCube (2004, "Midway Arcade Treasures 2")
Sony PlayStation 2 (2004, "Midway Arcade Treasures 2")
Sony PSP (2005, "Midway Arcade Treasures - Extended Play")
Microsoft Xbox 360 (2006, "Ultimate Mortal Kombat")
PC [MS-DOS, CD-ROM] (1995)
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (2006, "Midway Arcade Treasures Deluxe Edition")

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Mortal Kombat Musik - MK3 & MK4 Arcade Video Game Soundtrack 1BV21<7021>[1] 1997-01-01 Toasty Productions, Midway CD version.


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The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
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