Warner Bros. Games wanted Mortal Kombat 1 to run on Nintendo Switch and they were willing to make any sacrifices needed to get there. As a result, Mortal Kombat 1 is quite a spectacle on the platform in all the wrong ways. The game’s massively downgraded visuals and buggy gameplay have some players chuckling with laughter while others are furious at the end product.
Keep in mind that Mortal Kombat 1 on the Nintendo Switch wasn’t actually developed by NetherRealm Studios. The port was commissioned by Saber Interactive and Shiver Entertainment. Of course, the Nintendo Switch’s power wasn’t enough to deliver even half of the experience found on PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC but the final game is more frightening than anything else.
The big difference is definitely the game’s graphical polish – or lack thereof. Everything in the game looks dumbed down. From the character’s expressionless faces to their hair, clothing, eyes and even weapons. Screenshots show that while the characters lack detail, they also don’t perform the same as their console counterparts. Animation timing is off, bugs result in strange gameplay glitches and the experience is just underwhelming.
Downgraded visuals are one thing but players are outraged that Warner Bros. Games charged the full premium price tag for Mortal Kombat 1. The game costs the same amount as other platforms and clearly, the product is of inferior quality.
Fans claim the experience is marred with visual hiccups and major performance issues. The resolution dips, the frame rate is inconsistent, menus don’t work, there’s missing content, input and timing problems and more. It just isn’t great.
Warner Bros. has revealed that Invasion Season 1 is only coming to the Switch version of Mortal Kombat 1 in the weeks ahead. At the moment, the game only includes the introduction.
In a video comparison, which you can see below, the gameplay looks like something out of the PSP days (which was considered good 15 years ago).
Update 15:20 – Updated to reflect the correct developers behind the Switch port. QLOC is not responsible for the Switch port. They have developed the Epic Games and Steam port as per WB Games’ FAQ – QLOC is developing the Steam and Epic Games Store versions of the game. Shiver Entertainment and Saber Interactive are developing the Nintendo Switch version of the game. We regret the error.