Mortal Kombat 1 players roast $70 Switch version: “It’s borderline criminal”

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Mortal Kombat 1 is available on the Nintendo Switch. While you’d think many would be happy about its appearance on the handheld device, the community is clowning its graphical performance.

Mortal Kombat 1 is the latest installment in the legendary 2D fighting game franchise by NetherRealm which brings fans of the series new content to enjoy such as the Invasion mode, campaign, and new Kameo fighters system.

The game is available on all platforms apart from the previous generation of consoles, and surprisingly, the next-gen game even appears on the Nintendo Switch.

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The Switch isn’t the most powerful system, especially compared to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC, however, the Mortal Kombat 1 devs have managed to get the title on the handheld Nintendo device, but at a price.

Mortal Kombat 1 players highlight “terrible” Switch graphics

Those who pre-ordered MK1 have been able to play the game through early access, which began on September 14. This has allowed players to experience the Switch version of the game firsthand, and the initial impressions aren’t great.

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After reposting a TikTok clip on X, one player said it “looks worse than [they] could have ever imagined.”

As you can see from johniibo‘s clip, the Switch version of MK1 is a massive graphical downgrade, especially when it comes to character models, as they call them “PS2 graphics at best” while a comment under the post likens the Switch version of MK1 to a “mobile game.”

Further, johniibo feels that it’s “borderline criminal” for the devs to charge the “same price” on Nintendo Switch as the PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC versions of the game.

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The graphics, coupled with the staunch price ($69.99/£59.99), led to the opinion that the game is “not meant to be on this system.”

Others have also pointed out the disappointing graphics, as another X post even called Mortal Kombat 1 on the Switch “disrespectful,” while a reply showed off a game-breaking bug:

There are reports of a new Nintendo Switch being in the works, which will be a more powerful version of the handheld device.

However, until then, Switch users will have to put up with these graphical downgrades, as it seems they are necessary for next-gen games to run on the device.

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We’ll have to wait and see if any future updates can improve Mortal Kombat 1’s looks and performance on the Nintendo Switch, but until then, check out whether MK1 is playable on the Steam Deck.

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