Mortal Kombat 1 launched its early access last week across multiple gaming platforms, including the Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S. While fans were eager to get their hands on the game, the Switch version has left players disappointed due to significant visual downgrades.
Some graphical downgrades were expected due to the limitations of the Nintendo Switch's hardware compared to its more powerful counterparts on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. However, the extent of the downgrade has taken many players by surprise, sparking a lot of criticism.
Players have highlighted the notably lower quality of character models in the Switch version. The characters' eyes have become the subject of ridicule as they appear to bulge out of their sockets, giving rise to a slew of jokes and memes across the internet.
Players and gaming enthusiasts have shared footage and screenshots showcasing the graphical disparities. The results have been far from flattering. Many are questioning the decision by NetherRealm Studios to market Mortal Kombat 1 on the Nintendo Switch at the same $70 price point as other platforms. Users have labeled it “robbery” and “disrespectful” to the user base.
Crying at the Switch version of Mortal Kombat 1, Why didn’t they just wait for the next gen switch console, the fact it costs 70$ is robbery💀💀💀 pic.twitter.com/RHUFQJTHC5
— Synth Potato (Ameer) 🥔 (@SynthPotato) September 17, 2023
The MK Switch version is disrespectful 💀💀💀 pic.twitter.com/hXOO2poAwq
— Plathanos 🐝 🇩🇴 (@SavinTheBees) September 17, 2023
One Twitter user, in a side-by-side comparison of the character Li Mei, expressed their dismay, exclaiming, “Both of these are $70?!?!?$? Awwww hell no. If I was playing Mortal Kombat 1 on Switch I'd ask for a refund in a heartbeat.”
Both of these are $70?!?!?$?
Awwww hell no.
If I was playing Mortal Kombat 1 on Switch I’d ask for a refund in a heartbeat. pic.twitter.com/4nfIzjeXEm
— OleManLogan (@OleManLogan) September 17, 2023
Similarly, Johniibo, a regular Nintendo game reviewer, described the Switch version as reminiscent of a PS1 game, deeming it “horrible.” Johniibo felt it was “borderline criminal” to charge the same price as the Xbox and PlayStation counterparts.