Mortal Kombat 1 just made its initial launch last week, but Switch players were not happy with the graphical comparisons with other consoles.
NetherRealm has given fans a lot to look forward to with their latest title, but it seems they cannot win every battle. Their latest test of power comes from many Mortal Kombat 1 players who have been playing the game on the Nintendo Switch and have noticed that the graphics are not up to par compared to other consoles and PC. Since Early Access launched last week, several users have shared their footage and screenshots showing that the Switch version of the game looks a bit questionable.
Fans have posted said images and videos on X (Twitter) and TikTok in response to the game’s $70 price tag for the Switch. Some have called it “robbery” and “disrespectful” to users. One user wrote, “Crying over the Switch version of Mortal Kombat 1, why didn’t they just wait for the next-gen Switch console, the fact it costs $70 is robbery.” For the most part, the eyes seemed startlingly different from other platforms.
The eyes could be seen almost bulging out of the characters’ sockets when they should not be. Other facial features and clothing textures were also spotted to be lacking or different. More detrimental to the gameplay, some users noticed some glitches exclusive to the Nintendo Switch version. A video posted by mr_baconssauro showed Shang Tsung sliding from the foreground to the background of the screen in the middle of a fight. As much as that gave me a belly-aching laugh, I can understand the frustration of having to reload the game to fix these issues (if that even helps to fix the issue).
Others have expressed their concern about the graphics and commented, “If I was playing Mortal Kombat 1 on Switch I’d ask for a refund in a heartbeat.” TikTok user Johniibo, who regularly covers Nintendo releases, said Mortal Kombat 1 feels like a PS1 game. “It is just horrible,” they shared. They continued in another video saying how it was great that Mortal Kombat 1 was released on Switch alongside other consoles, but it felt “borderline criminal” to be charging the same price as the Xbox, PlayStation and PC versions that look way better.
NetherRealm has yet to comment on fixing the issues, as more Switch players rack up footage and images of the game’s disappointing quality on the Switch. Mortal Kombat 1 officially releases on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, but can still be pre-ordered (offering early access to the game). It will be out on PC (Steam), PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and Nintendo Switch.