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Mortal Kombat Advance is a one-on-one fighting game developed by Virtucraft and published by Midway. It is a port of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.

Why it Sucks

  1. Broken controls. The attacks don't respond sometimes.
  2. Since the Game Boy Advance only has two face buttons, they combined the high and low attacks into one for each button. This is one reason why special moves don't work most of the time.
  3. This is based on the 16-bit ports of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 as Sheeva was not in the roster in this game.
  4. To add insult to injury above, Scorpion is given Sheeva's voice samples despite she wasn't available in this game.
  5. If Shang Tsung does a fatality while shapeshifted, the game not only announces "(your altered form) wins" instead of "Shang Tsung wins", but your shapeshifted form's portrait is shown on the ladder instead of Shang Tsung’s.
  6. Opponent's AI depending on the difficulty ranges from brain-dead to so hard and impossible that they can read your button presses. This can happen as early as the first opponent in the game.
  7. Due to broken AI, you can beat an opponent by cornering him/her and spam some combos and high punch to win the round.
  8. Out of place sound effects.
  9. The boss battle with Shao Kahn is an absolute nightmare even in the easiest difficulty, since he never stops attacking you and barely leaves openings to take distance, let alone counter his attacks
  10. The fatalities are absolutely abysmal

Reception

Electronic Gaming Monthly's editor Dan Hsu gave it the first "0" in the magazine's history and currently has a 34% at Game Rankings.