Clay Cane is a New York City-based writer who is recognized for his contributions in journalism. Clay is a regular contributor for various print and online publications such as The Advocate and BET.com. He is the author of the highly anticipated novel Ball-Shaped World, which is a fictionalized account of the black and Latino ballroom scene. Also, he is the Entertainment Editor at BET.com and a member of New York Film Critics Online. He can be reached at claycane@gmail.com.


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    Thursday, November 15, 2007


    Yeah, I know this post isn’t going to get much traffic, but I am sure there are some Mortal Kombat fans out there!

    The last video game I truly loved was 1996's Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 on Sega Genesis. A graphic, gore fest fighting game with an interesting plot line of the underworld savages trying to take over the human world. I spent hours in arcades, but eventually let go of the series when everything after MK3 transitioned to glamorous 3-D graphics, which for me took away some of the originality of the MK series.

    After
    going to a random industry party last month, I played a demo version of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, which would be on Nintendo DS November 13th — I suddenly began reliving my youth and all the asses I beat on Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3! Wouldn't ya' know I still remembered some of the moves? I immediately purchased the Nintendo DS and some old school Super Mario Brothers games to hold me over. Now, I finally have Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 in my hands!

    Mortal Kombat was the baddest fighting game in all the land, but the real lure for me, and many other folks I knew, was that the game was so gay…and I mean that in the good way! You had Sindel with a ridiculous mane who would snatch her enemies in her hair and slam them to the ground. Kitana who sliced the kids with her deadly fans and her evil sister, Mileena, my favorite, with her deadly spins, rolls and dips. Also, femme queen diva herself, Sheeva, who stomps on her victims. Not to mention all the men with body-ody, especially Mr. Jax!


    In the late ‘90’s you could find a Mortal Kombat affect at nearly any ball!

    The game also had a diversity of race and ethnicity like I had never seen before. Jax, Jade and Ermac were black. Nightwolf was Native American and of course a good amount of Asians…I’m sure under one of those masks one of them were Latin.

    Mortal Kombat was one of those games that even crossed over in the hood. When Mortal Kombat 2 hit the streets back in the mid ‘90’s every thug with a Sega Genesis in Philadelphia could fight to the death. Being a Mortal Kombat expert was almost as important as playing craps!

    Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is not a let down on Nintendo DS. For those who remember the original, all the moves are similar with the chain pulling, bloody combos and those hilarious sound effects that say, “Get over here!” or my favorite “Woopsy!”

    There is an excellent feature that allows you to connect to the worldwide web and play other MK fans from around the world – almost like an arcade. This was a huge surprise considering Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 were the days when people would make an event out of going to an arcade versus sitting in front of their television screen at home. I remember someone almost wanted to fight me in the arcade for beating him repeatedly with six-armed diva Sheeva, “You can’t just keep stomping on me nigga!” Yeah that’s what he said.

    Only con to Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is at times the jumping is a bit difficult and there isn’t enough time to complete the legendary fatalities. If you can’t complete a fatality combo within three or so seconds, it’s a wrap.

    Above all, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 stands the test of time. For all the folks who remember the iconic fighting game be sure to pick up your copy on Nintendo DS.

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