• Publisher: Midway
  • Release Date: Nov 12, 2007

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. A must-own for every fan of Ultimate Mortal Kombat. The arcade-perfect gameplay and the addition of online multiplayer make this port an irresistible package.
  2. If you like your fighting retro then Ultimate Mortal Kombat is the game for you, and the addition of "Puzzle Kombat" and Wi-Fi combat makes it a great package. [Feb 2008, p.70]
  3. There is definitely value to be had in Midway’s Ultimate Mortal Kombat for the Nintendo DS. While it doesn’t bring anything new to the table, the tried and true gameplay works very nicely on the handheld and is a great pick up and play game for those times when you’re waiting for the bus to pick you up or have 15 to 30 minutes to kill.
  4. 80
    The addition of online play is certainly UMK’s biggest selling point. If you are a huge fan of the series and plan to take the skirmishes online there is no reason to hesitate picking this one up. This is by far the best portable Kombat game to date.
  5. Ultimate Mortal Kombat is definitely a worthy pickup for any fan of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.
  6. 78
    Simple as the presentation is, the two titles are well developed. If all you want is a really solid, fun version of Mortal Kombat 3 that can go online, that's what you're going to get. It's good stuff all around.
  7. Online fighting action with loads of blood, comical fatalities and a slightly dodgy bonus puzzle mode. Hardly 'ultimate' but fun all the same. [Feb 2008, p.69]
  8. 75
    If you've never understood the tongue-in-cheek appeal of the series this obviously won't change your mind, but if you're constantly suppressing the urge to pull out someone's spine while on the bus to work, it's a relatively inexpensive and consequence-free route to doing so.
  9. A fine arcade port but ironically it lacks the guts of more modern scrappers. [Feb 2008, p.69]
  10. Any gripes I have about this package are about the games themselves and not the quality of the port. Suffice it to say, if you like Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and Puzzle Kombat, this is a great package that does justice to both games.
  11. Ultimate Mortal Kombat is the real deal, and it’s mind-blowing to think that I can not only play it at home, like I used to daydream about, but it fits snugly right in my pocket.
  12. Mortal Kombat is an acquired taste and is looked down upon by most coin-op fighter enthusiasts because of its lack of strategy and its stiffness of control. UMK3 got rid of the stiffness, and the game truly is playable on the DS if you can get by the fact that the D-Pad is so small.
  13. A great online-enabled emulation of a so-so fighting game (plus a lame puzzle game) which looks rather anaemic now that violence in video gaming is nothing to rave on about.
  14. If you're looking for a fighting game that uses the DS in innovative ways then you need to look elsewhere, but if you simply want the classic game you know and love to play in the palm of your hand then snap this up and battle away!
  15. A kompelling combination of a klassic bloody brawler and spin-off mini-game, Ultimate Mortal Kombat's few flaws are dealt a good kicking by the game's awesome online multiplayer.
  16. The presentation and gameplay hold true to the MK standards, and the ability to track wins and losses is a nice addition, if you feel like boasting about your fighting skills.
  17. Ultimate MK is a sharp fighting game that's still a lot of fun, but only against live opponents.
  18. There aren’t that many fighting games for the DS so Ultimate Mortal Kombat doesn’t have much competition but it’s still a good fighting game, pardon the cliché, on the go.
  19. Long-time fans of Mortal Kombat will want to pick up this game for its online multiplayer, but others may be turned off by its dated gameplay and presentation, and poor single-player experience. On the other hand, the DS hasn’t been graced by many fighters, making Ultimate Mortal Kombat potentially the best one available on the platform.
  20. 70
    Ultimate Mortal Kombat isn't quite the Ultimate collection of Mortal Kombat games but is still a lot of fun and is a game that Mortal Kombat fans should definitely pick up.
  21. It’s hard to truly recommend UMK. But the genre isn’t abundant on the DS, and Mortal Kombat still retains some of its charm.
  22. 70
    With both local and full wireless support, you can't go wrong having a portable version of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.
  23. Not quite as ultimate as the title suggests, but Ultimate Mortal Kombat is still a faithful port of the classic Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.
  24. If only its sedate beginning and dreary atmosphere didn't make it a throwaway extra, we'd probably recommend it. But we won't.
  25. 60
    Lack of depth and silly expectations from the AI are what drag it down. Still, at least with the commands on the top screen you'll be able to execute fatalities and make the offenders feel your vengeful wrath more easily than before.
  26. 60
    No, truth be told, this is far from the quintessential handheld MK experience. Mortal Kombat Unchained did more for the PSP and it's available at $20 less than this release over at EB Games.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Aug 12, 2012
    To be honest i really liked this game, Ultimate Mortal Kombat AI always whooped on me so its never really fair. The addition of having all the special moves and all the fatalities is quite handy and Puzzle Kombat makes it a sure by for fans of the series. I recommend it to any hardcore Mortal Kombat fan out there. Full Review »
  2. Jul 3, 2011
    This is pretty much a port of the third Mortal Kombat and puzzle Kombat. The games main problem is technical glitches (stuff like screen tears and sound cutting off.) Full Review »
  3. Nov 14, 2010
    In all truth, this game deserves a 6.5 out of 10. The good: The new and challenging Puzzle Kombat mode makes the game a fun and time consuming challenge. The fact that (unlike many of the older M.K. games) it shows you the special attacks and how to do them mid-combat. The games fairly cheap pricing was worth it, though it may seem lacking at times.

    The bad: Steep A.I. will make the game extremely frustrating for players new to the series, and still posing a challenge to the seasoned veterans. The game has many buggy controls, and one mistake or glitch can cost so much that most people may take their cartridge out and use it as target practice on the range.
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