Ultimate Mortal Kombat for the Nintendo DS is a portable version of the arcade classic, with a few added bells and whistles. The main game play is still same as before, which is beat up and kill the opposing opponent before he or she could. You can punch, kick, and use a variety of character specific special moves. All the characters from the original are here, however some now must be unlocked by finishing the game or by completing a variety of objectives. The graphics are similar to the Arcade version and the sounds are somewhere around there as well. However, some of the voices has been changed and redubbed. So there are no problems in the graphics or sound department, I can tell you that.
The problem lies in the game play itself. Mortal Kombat hasn't aged too well, it's a shallow and simplistic game that used to be popular due to the shock value. The blood and gore in the game carries no more of that shock anymore, especially compared to popular games like Grand Theft Auto. I'm not going to lie, the game can be fun for a few minutes, but that's about it. Another problem with the game is the computer AI. In the first few rounds, you can win the fights without any problems, but once you get around mid-way through the tournament, it's a lost cause. The computer pulls off impossible combos, blocks all your special moves and attacks, and leaves you no room for fighting back. I personally still haven't beaten the final fight, even though I gave it a try a good twenty times or so. That's not because I'm bad at the game, as I can do it in the arcades in a few tries, but because the AI seriously cheats.
This version of Ultimate Mortal Kombat also contains a bonus rip-off version of the great puzzler game, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, but with a Mortal Kombat skin. It's a nice bonus content, but nothing to write home about. In conclusion, don't bother with this game, even if you're a fan of the series, and this is coming from a huge Mortal Kombat fanatic.