December 20th, 2006
11:01 AM CST -
In a shocking twist, a game that was initially released in 1995 is back in the spotlight as a nominee for Best Fighting Game at GameSpot's Best of 2006 Awards. In a year that saw the release of the mega ultra jammed-packed 3D fighter, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, for last generation consoles; another mega ultra jammed-packed fighter is claiming the glory. It is clear that the 2D fighters of Mortal Kombat old are finding new life in the current generation's downloadable Arcades.

Sparked with a spiffed up multiplayer capability, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 for Xbox Live Arcade is everything the classic Mortal Kombat fan dreams about experiencing. Ever since broadband Internet connections became commonplace, the desire for a Internet multiplayer version of the classic arcade games grew stronger and stronger with every release of the recent 3D versions of Mortal Kombat that featured online play. With Microsoft's engineers on the task, the network code that key members of the MK Team constantly and consistently said was impractical, found success with Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.

Voting is still underway over at the Best Fighting Game page at GameSpot. Regardless of the vote's outcome, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 for Xbox Live Arcade has been a success on three fronts: technically, financially, and now critically. UMK3 was also nominated for Best Downloadable Console Game at GameSpot, but did not win. Hopefully this success has not gone unnoticed at Midway and that other classic Mortal Kombat games are on the way to the downloadable Arcades of this generation's consoles.

UPDATE: Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 has won GameSpot's Best Fighting Game for 2006!

Reader Komments from the TRMK Forums:

December 20th, 2006 2:35 PM CST - Mads
Go UMK3, you can do it.
December 21st, 2006 2:09 PM CST - BlindPlayer
Go UMK3! Finish them! After reading up on it, that makes me want a 360
December 21st, 2006 2:44 PM CST - Mads
Ummm, it won their award, hopefully the readers follow suit, but that is impressive.
December 22nd, 2006 5:42 AM CST - Kosta
How in the jesus...?
December 26th, 2006 12:31 PM CST - Shinnokxz
No surprises here considering the presentation of 'original' fighting software this year.
December 28th, 2006 9:24 PM CST - Umon Daisuke
It's Gamespot afterall.. Ports aside, it's quite shocking that a game like DOA4 that actually revamped the engine enough to make it a worthy fighter was shunned in favor of an 11 year old game.
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