The highly anticipated release of Mortal Kombat 1 has left Nintendo Switch players disappointed. While the game runs smoothly at 60 frames per second, the graphics and visual bugs have not met fans' expectations on the aging hardware of the Switch.
Despite not being available on the previous generation consoles, PS4 and Xbox One, Mortal Kombat 1 was released on the Nintendo Switch. This decision was made to reach as many players as possible, considering the game's popularity.
However, the Nintendo Switch's comparatively low-end specs raised concerns among fans. The console's capabilities, especially in terms of graphics, seemed insufficient for a game like Mortal Kombat 1. These concerns were confirmed after the game's release, as players expressed their disappointment with the Switch version.
The Nintendo Switch has a large user base due to its longevity and high sales. Yet, this poses a challenge for developers who need to adapt their games for the console's aging hardware. Some developers have resorted to streaming their games through an internet connection, which introduces latency issues that affect gameplay negatively.
While Mortal Kombat 1 manages to maintain a decent frame rate on the Switch, the overall graphical quality falls short. Users have taken to social media platforms to share clips showcasing the game's glitchy and low-poly graphics reminiscent of early 2000s games.
One TikToker even suspected a problem with their specific Switch console and tried the game on another device, only to find that the graphics were the same. This has further fueled criticisms of the game's visual quality.
In addition to the graphical bugs, players have reported gameplay issues, making the Switch version far inferior compared to other platforms. However, due to the disabled in-game recording function on the Switch, it has been challenging for users to capture and share high-quality footage that accurately represents the game's flaws.
As a result, a growing number of players have posted warnings advising others to avoid purchasing the Switch version of Mortal Kombat 1 if they have alternative options available. The focus now shifts to the developers and whether they will address these issues and provide improvements for Switch players.
– Carver Fisher, “Mortal Kombat 1 players blast Switch version”, 2023-09-17
– Johniibo's TikTok video on Twitter