December 13th, 2010
4:11 PM CST -
A few weeks ago EA Mobile release Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 for Java capable phones. Now we just learned they are set to release an upcoming iPhone port for the game before Christmas. KnowYourMobile has a first look review of the game, along with a video of the game itself. So no longer is our mockup April Fools joke the only iPhone port of Mortal Kombat.

The article claims the game was updated with 3D models for this platform, so it's likely many changes have been made to this port like the recent J2EE port to make the game a better fit for the platform. The game will have only 11 playable fighters, down from the original roster of 22. But it's likely that the two bosses (Goro? and Shao Kahn) may be unlockable as they are on the J2EE version. On that note they actually added a whole new mode to the game called Shao Karnage that we're itching to check out. The game will also feature local multiplayer over WiFi.

We expect to get our hands on it and a review out the door as soon as the game is available, along with our yet unpublished J2EE review. Until then, here is their video to get an idea of how the game looks.



Thanks to reader @bnz27 on Twitter for letting us know!

Update 4:30pm: Thanks to this forum thread over at TouchArcade we got a few screenshots of the game. Not in love with this 3D remake of the game, I would have preferred a scaled up 2D pixels instead of this effort. The earlier Java J2ME port ends up looking far better because of that. Click the thumbnails for a full sized screenshots.




Update 12/15 9pm CST: The port should be available tomorrow Thursday December 16th, 2010 according to GameplayBook for $6.99 USD. Sounds like it may be iPad native as well, which is good news for owners of many devices. Start checking your AppStore starting at midnight in your timezone for it to show up! Stay tuned for our review coming soon!

Reader Komments from the TRMK Forums:



December 13th, 2010 9:46 PM CST - Tim Static
Glad UMK3 is getting so much love, but this version looks awful. Even worse LOOKING than the java version. Hope it plays better than the java tho
December 13th, 2010 10:39 PM CST - Eks
I think this looks AMAZING compared to that Java shit. I don't see how the controls work without6 buttons, plus on-screen controls for such a game sucks even then.
December 13th, 2010 11:15 PM CST - badmouse
I think this will be the HD MK Collector. the 3 classic games remaked with 3d graphics and will be in the PS Network Store or in the XBox Online Store or a combine of the 3 games in 1 disc, not only in Iphone. Characters looks like the old ones but the stages looks pretty bad. I hope they don't forgot again the PC fans and release it on PC too. Guys, this is the base of the MK HD Kollection.
December 14th, 2010 8:37 AM CST - Tim Static
Originally Posted by : badmouse
Guys, this is the base of the MK HD Kollection.
No, it is not.
December 14th, 2010 9:30 AM CST - badmouse
why are you so sure Tim? or there is not exist or will be stg like the iphone version in better resolution. Will be very cool if you share your opinion.
December 14th, 2010 9:53 AM CST - Tim Static
Originally Posted by : badmouse
why are you so sure Tim? or there is not exist or will be stg like the iphone version in better resolution. Will be very cool if you share your opinion.
I dont have an opinion. I just 'know' certain things to be true, and whats not true.
December 14th, 2010 10:14 AM CST - DCR
Originally Posted by : badmouse
Guys, this is the base of the MK HD Kollection.
I thought that too, based on the original footage which made it look like the character models were actually digitized sprites different from the ones we've seen for the past 15 years. After seeing these awful 3D models though, I'm sure that's not the case. Remember that the HD Kollection is supposed to use real actors like the original, not Dreamcast quality (if that) polygonal models.
December 14th, 2010 10:54 AM CST - tarmanalf
Quick Comparo!
December 14th, 2010 2:55 PM CST - Eclipso
Originally Posted by : Tim Static
Glad UMK3 is getting so much love, but this version looks awful. Even worse LOOKING than the java version. Hope it plays better than the java tho
Yea kinda looks like MK4 and UMK3 had a love child.
December 14th, 2010 5:11 PM CST - reptilesmile
if i had an i phone id get it
December 15th, 2010 3:08 AM CST - badmouse
Hope you are right in what you say Tim Static, i will love to see a well done Classic MKs remake in HD.
December 15th, 2010 8:52 PM CST - Patrick McCarron
The game will be released tomorrow, should likely come online at midnight in your local time. Stay tuned for our review. http://www.gameplaybook.com/news/ultimate-mortal-kombat-3-coming-to-iphone-ipad/
December 15th, 2010 9:58 PM CST - badmouse
great info McCarron! thanks can we expect any official site for it?
December 16th, 2010 3:46 AM CST - badmouse
December 16th, 2010 5:44 AM CST - reptilesmile
Im sure the game will suck but I like the redone backgrounds reminds me of what we can expect for backgrounds if there is an MK HD remix
December 16th, 2010 2:25 PM CST - sakis25
I was searching the Applications folder of the game on my iphone and I have found 13 new characters that probably will be available in future updates. The 13 new characters are: - Classic Sub-Zero (with mask) - Cyrax - Kabal - Kano - Kung Lao - Mileena - Noob Saibot - Reptile - Sektor - Shang Tsung - Sindel - Smoke (human) - Smoke The full directory that includes the sprites and the textures is: var/mobile/Applications/B3AD3AA8-67B7-4C84-8B70-0E92F1F9EA1D/UMK3.app/res/Textures
December 16th, 2010 4:05 PM CST - Tim Static
Ermac is a hidden character.
December 17th, 2010 12:57 AM CST - Fulgore
so... has anyone played this? i'm super hesitant to chunk down 6.99 for an app, much less one that might suck.
December 17th, 2010 10:19 AM CST - Gorch
I do not like this game at al! plays rubbish looks horrible
December 17th, 2010 4:51 PM CST - reptilesmile
more screens
December 17th, 2010 11:28 PM CST - Prophet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKH0TKa0N-A Here's a review from Mahalo Games.
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