- Switch owners are disappointed with the graphical performance of Mortal Kombat 1 on Nintendo’s console, with poor graphics and visual bugs being reported.
- Players have compared the Switch port’s graphics to games from the early 2000s, and some glitches are even impacting gameplay, making the Switch version inferior to other platforms.
- The Nintendo Switch’s in-game recording function is disabled for Mortal Kombat 1, making it difficult for players to share high-quality footage of the game without external hardware.
Switch owners are less than pleased with Mortal Kombat 1’s graphical performance on Nintendo’s console. While NetherRealm’s latest 2D fighting title isn’t launching in full until later this week, fans who pre-ordered one of Mortal Kombat 1’s premium editions are already playing it thanks to early access. Reception to Mortal Kombat 1 has been positive overall, with reviewers praising its blistering combat, impressive graphics, and variety of fun gameplay modes.
When it was announced that Mortal Kombat 1 would be released on the Nintendo Switch alongside the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, many fans voiced their concerns that the lesser hardware of Nintendo’s console might not be able to handle the graphical intensity shown in the game’s pre-launch trailers – especially since NetherRealm chose to forgo releasing it on the similarly powered PS4 and Xbox One. These fears were only amplified when physical copies of Mortal Kombat 1 were found in the wild, with those who discovered them claiming that the Switch port’s technical performance isn’t up to par with today’s usual $70 blockbuster releases.
Now that more people are getting to play Mortal Kombat 1 for themselves, it seems that the fears surrounding the Nintendo Switch version have been realized. As reported by Dexerto, players are complaining about poor graphics and visual bugs. While Mortal Kombat 1 is said to run consistently at 60 FPS on the Switch, a TikTok user named johniibo showed off some of the port’s questionable and glitch-filled graphics – which he compared unfavorably to games from the early 2000s. This issue wasn’t tied to a specific console either, as johniibo tried playing Mortal Kombat 1 on a different Switch – only to be met with the same results.
Johniibo’s were soon shared on Twitter, with countless users backing up his claims with their own bad experiences and advising people not to buy Mortal Kombat 1 for the Nintendo Switch. On top of poor overall graphical quality, some of the reported Mortal Kombat 1 glitches are said to be impacting gameplay, leading players to deem the Switch version inferior to those on other platforms. The Nintendo Switch’s in-game recording function is also disabled for Mortal Kombat 1, making it difficult for players to share high-quality footage of the game in action without external hardware.
While early-access players are enjoying Mortal Kombat 1 on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X, those who have purchased the game on the Nintendo Switch are experiencing subpar visuals and potentially game-ruining glitches. NetherRealm recently released an update patch for Mortal Kombat 1 ahead of its full release later this week, so there is a chance that some of the issues Switch players are encountering could be ironed out before the game reaches the masses. However, the sheer volume of these complaints is a troubling sign for Mortal Kombat 1 on the Nintendo Switch.
Mortal Kombat 1 is available now in early-access, and launches September 19 for PC, PS5, Switch, and Xbox Series X/S.