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Retro Vault: Mortal Kombat 3, Zelda, the Sega Power Tips video

Plus: Konami's Game Boy line-up and a 1988 interview with Nintendo UK

Retro Vault is our regular weekly feature in which we dive into gaming's past and share five classic nuggets of retro nostalgia. If you want to catch up on previous Retro Vaults, check out the CVG Retro Vault archive.


April 1995 - Mortal Kombat 3 arcade flyer

As you doubtless already know, in the early to mid 1990s, two fighting games dominated arcades - Street Fighter 2 and Mortal Kombat.

The release of Mortal Kombat 3, then, was a massive deal and one that would have doubtless had arcade owners eagerly rubbing their hands in anticipation of all the extra revenue they would soon be getting from fighting game nuts.

That's why it was perhaps a little odd that Midway seemingly felt it necessary to send this flyer to arcade owners explaining to them exactly why Mortal Kombat 3 would be such a money-spinner.

It has always been common, if not mandatory, for arcade game publishers to send advertising flyers to arcade owners to inform them of upcoming games. Most, however, simply detail the game rather than trying to convince the arcade owner how rich they'll get if they buy their game.

So the next time you play Mortal Kombat 3, bear in mind that the icon-based cheat codes featured at the start of every fight might just have been a money-making ploy to keep arcade owners sweet. Maybe.

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