Mortal Kombat Trilogy is a fighting video game released by Midway in 1996 as an update to Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. Unlike the previous title, it was not released in arcades (except for prototypes), but was instead released for the PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Sega Saturn and PCs. Further versions were also released for the Game.com and R-Zone.
Mortal Kombat Trilogy features the same gameplay and story as Mortal Kombat 3, but adds characters and stages from the other three arcade games, including Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.
Some completely new characters were also introduced. New additions to
the game included the "Aggressor" bar, a meter that fills during the
course of the match and temporarily makes a player character faster and
stronger. It also features a new finishing move called Brutality, a long combination of attacks that ends with the opponent exploding.
The game was met with mixed reviews. The hardest criticism was
directed at the Nintendo 64 version, which did not have all the content
of the other versions due to limited storage space on the cartridge.
Mortal Kombat Trilogy introduces the Aggressor bar, which
fills as the combatants fight (twice as much if the opponent is
blocking). Once the bar is filled, it can be activated, which makes the
character move much faster and deal heavy damage for a short period of
A finishing move in the game known as a Brutality requires the player
to perform an 11-button combo which causes their opponent to explode.
(Brutalities were also added to the Mega Drive/Genesis and SNES ports of UMK3.) All of the arenas that featured a Stage Fatality
are featured in this game with their respective Fatality finishing
moves except the Pit II.