Opinion: Users are unhappy with the Switch port of Mortal Kombat 1
However, the game still works well considering the capabilities of Nintendo’s console.
Mortal Kombat 1 is the biggest fighting title of the year, and surprisingly, it was released on the Nintendo Switch console as well as the Xbox Series S/X, PlayStation 5, and PC platforms. This is only interesting because it excluded the more powerful previous generation Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles, but perhaps the development studio saw the Japanese company’s eccentric platform as having too large a user base to exclude.
However, Switch users are not at all satisfied with the new Mortal Kombat game, and an aggrieved group is trying to dissuade others from purchasing it. However, in reality, NetherRealm Studios did their best to make their new title playable at all on Nintendo’s current console. We should not forget that its hardware was already outdated when it was released. In fact, it uses a system chip that was originally released in 2015 with a slight tweak in specifications. It is very difficult to release a new generation game on it without significant negligence, while the developers wanted to achieve 60 frames per second.
Unfortunately, the difference in performance between the Switch and Mortal Kombat 1’s other target platforms is so large that it will definitely show in the quality of the game in question, and this is also due to graphical bugs, since the individual physics simulations were not designed to the stupid level that was forced on a console. Nintendo.
This is actually not a big problem in itself, because the developers cannot really compensate for the lack of hardware performance and knowledge, that is, they use hundreds of tricks to achieve the best possible result. However, the problem is the attitude of frustrated players that is discouraging Switch users who are still shying away from purchasing. This won’t actually change the quality of Mortal Kombat 1, it’s really determined by hardware limitations, but it does convey a message to NetherRealm Studios that if targeted sales don’t happen now, there’s no point in releasing their next game for Nintendo’s console.
Another interesting factor is that many Switch users point to the Steam Deck as the new version of Mortal Kombat runs better on it, but this comparison is also deceptive, as Valve’s handheld console has more powerful hardware. Obviously, better results can be achieved with a more powerful device.
Looking at the port knowing what the Switch is capable of, the result looks pretty good. Of course, it won’t be the same experience as the Xbox Series S/X and PlayStation 5 consoles, but the Nintendo console can be tucked under your arm and taken anywhere. This is an advantage of the regime, which undoubtedly involves concessions.