As part of my childhood, one of my older brothers got an SNES. As a result, I was gifted his old NES. Duck Hunt and Super Mario Bros. were included in the deal, and also the Nintendo Zapper. I was happy with it. At that time, it was a fantastic feeling to own my own console. Not long from that, my brother got Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. According to my mom, I was not “allowed” to play it. Still, both of my brothers cared little about that restriction and let me play from time to time. Revisiting Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is always a happy, yet melancholic walk through memory lane.
It’s been over well over 18 years from those days. Mortal Kombat was an excellent fighting game. Even today it holds up pretty well. It was so rewarding to press all those buttons and pull all the U-moves in the D-pad to flawlessly execute a combo. Going back to it today, always makes many memories come back.
I remember that for some time I was just allowed to watch. Then, after whining for a couple hours, my brothers finally let me play. To their surprise, I didn’t suck entirely, and I was a fast learner. Looking back then, I believe both of them were probably just terrible enough so a 9-year old could easily beat them. I have always preferred female characters in Mortal Kombat, due to their agility and the originality of their moves. One of my older brothers preferred Kabal and the other main Sub-Zero.
The graphics, sounds and the gameplay felt so revolutionary back then. I still remember how the three of us screamed “WOAH!” the first time an uppercut punch literally resulted in a complete change of scenery. Fatalities were gory and creative. We were utterly shocked by some of them. But, I was mostly curious and wanted to know how someone managed to create that.
Oh, how we’ve grown!
I recently revisited Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, since Mortal Kombat 11 really brought all the memories back. Many things have changed since then. One of my brothers died when I was 12 years old. Kabal is still my favorite MK character to date. It always reminds me of my brother and how he jokingly bragged about being unbeatable after he learned a complete combo for Kabal.
I am no longer as close as I was with my other brother. He completely stopped playing games, and he’s a lot more into sports. I am not a fan of sports, so, we have very little in common. He has a son and a daughter now, and I am about to get married. In short, we are both on our own paths. But, we still love each other dearly. With all that ups and downs that we have been through, one thing always brings a smile to us, and that is Mortal Kombat 3.
Life went on, and now at 27, I cherish an old SNES game with nostalgia and happiness. I had never before written about my brother. But, just recalling his excitement and dedication for the game, the kind of person he was, made me teary but excited to share how cool my brother was.
Nowadays, Mortal Kombat is still relevant in my life. My soon-to-be wife loves it! Now that Mortal Kombat 11 is out, a new set of memories await to be made. Everything changes, life goes along, loved ones and people come and go. I am glad to be a gamer and to share that experience with others, from my family to my friends and even here at work with all of you out there reading this. Cheers for many more Mortal Kombat entries in the future, may they serve to build memories and bonds between those who love each other.
Dedicated to my brother, Jairo, we miss you buddy!