The Nintendo Switch Port of Mortal Kombat 1 Isn’t Worth $70

Mortal Kombat 1 Struggles with Technical Issues on Nintendo Switch

The highly anticipated release of Mortal Kombat 1 has been met with disappointment from fans who purchased the premium edition for the Nintendo Switch. Early access to the game began on September 14, but players quickly noticed several technical problems, including expressionless faces, inconsistent frame rates, and long loading times.

Mortal Kombat 1 Shouldn’t Be On the Switch

While developers wanted to make the game accessible to as many players as possible, it’s clear that Mortal Kombat 1 was not a good fit for the Nintendo Switch. The console’s aging hardware and lower specs compared to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are already disadvantageous. Additionally, the fact that the game wasn’t released for last-gen consoles raises questions about its compatibility with the Switch.

Fans had concerns about the game’s performance on the hybrid console, and unfortunately, those concerns were valid. While the game does run at 60 FPS most of the time, the visual bugs and graphics are underwhelming.

Although Switch owners understand the console’s limitations, it’s disappointing to pay the same price as other consoles that offer better performance. Adding to the frustration, Switch users will have to wait weeks to access the full content of the game on their platform.

The Graphics Are An Abomination

The Nintendo Switch, now six years old, is clearly struggling to keep up with modern game titles. A comparison of Mortal Kombat 1 screenshots on the Switch and PlayStation 5 reveals a stark difference in graphics quality. The Switch version appears nightmarish in comparison.

One Twitter user, SynthPotato, shared their disappointment with the Switch version of Mortal Kombat 1, stating that the graphics were subpar and questioning why the game wasn’t developed for the next-generation Switch console. Many others echoed these sentiments, highlighting the disparity in price when compared to the game’s performance.

At Least It Runs Great…Right?

While some players try to find solace in the fact that Mortal Kombat 1 runs at a consistent 60 FPS on the Nintendo Switch, the game’s frame rates suffer when multiple fighters appear on the screen. This can significantly impact gameplay, as seen in footage shared by Chris in Color. Additionally, the game experiences lengthy loading times, graphical glitches, and background flickering.

Throw It In the Fire

Since the early access release of Mortal Kombat 1, more users have shared clips showcasing the poor quality of the Switch port. Although NetherRealm Studios released an update patch, it’s uncertain whether these issues will be fully resolved. The multitude of complaints from Switch players may discourage others from purchasing this version of the game.