1995 was a massive time for the Mortal Kombat franchise. Dubbed the "year we make contact', '95 saw the much anticipated release of Mortal Kombat 3 as well as the Mortal Kombat movie! Both items were of feature at the Williams ACME event, which has recently resurfaced online thanks to an archival video by John Vogel! Check it out:

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The footage is a glimpse into another time in gaming and arcade commerce, when excess and pageantry offered a unique blend of art and irony to the promotional space.

The presentation of "masterpiece" games in the Midway and Williams library is accompanied by comedic sketches, models, and slick videos. Pinball wizard and voice of Shao Kahn, Steve Ritchie, even shows off gnarly battlescars, before riding onto stage on a dirtbike. It all culminates in a tour of the floor, with the latest arcade cabinets and actors from the game in full costume.

Kerri Hoskins, Richard Divizio, John Parrish and Anthony Marquez reprise their roles as Sonya Blade, Kano, Jax, and Kung Lao. As well as walking the convention floor, the quartet take part in a dramatic martial arts demonstration you can skip to with the applicable link above. At the risk of spoiling it: Kano ties Sonya to a gong, choreography ensues. You can see another version later in the video.

Series co-creators Ed Boon & John Tobias also appear to present live demonstrations of the Mortal Kombat 3 cabinet. Arcade vendors are offered a free ROM upgrade to add more characters, as well as difficulty modes and the code system -- familiar elements to players who remember the third installment and its various iterations.

The full 2 hour clip is an all around nostalgic trip back to an exciting time in Mortal Kombat history and its behind the scenes business. You can find more clips like this on duncanfbrown's YouTube channel. Special thanks to MK Online User Shinnokxz for forwarding the find. Be sure to discover and discuss more retro gaming in the 2D Kombat Klassics forum!