Mortal Kombat 1 Nintendo Switch port slammed as 'garbage' by gamers

Scorpion and Frost in Mortal Kombat 1
(Image credit: Warner Bros.)

Mortal Kombat 1 leaves early access tomorrow (September 19), but ahead of its full release, fans of the series have been left stunned by the game’s performance on the Nintendo Switch

Thanks to its early access period, clips and screenshots of the game’s Switch performance have been circulating online, with countless fans making fun of the questionable character models seen in the port, which, when compared to their PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S counterparts, are interesting, to say the least. 

YouTube creator and TikToker Johniibo shared a video of Mortal Kombat 1’s performance on Switch and said: “The sad part is, it actually doesn’t feel terrible to play, it just really hurts my eyes. These are like PS2 graphics at best.” 


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♬ original sound - Johniibo

Many fans have been questioning the pricing of the different versions of the game, pointing out that the Switch version costs the same as the other versions: “Mortal Kombat on the Switch looks HIDEOUS! Why [the f***] is that version the SAME PRICE as [it is on] its other platforms!?” one tweeted

Despite the negative response, a number of particularly funny facial expressions from the game have already been gaining traction as memes and reaction pictures. One Twitter user wrote: “The Switch version of Mortal Kombat 1 is the greatest garbage port ever just for the memes alone”. 

In our review, TechRadar Gaming gave the PS5 version of Mortal Kombat 1 a 4/5 and concluded: “The more time I invest in Mortal Kombat 1, the more eager I am to jump into practice mode with an all-new character and learn what they're all about. 

“Even after hundreds of matches, I am still discovering new strategies with the combatants, and the combo opportunities feel great to pull off. This is the most fun I've ever had with a Mortal Kombat game to date, and I can't wait to see how the community and pro scene embrace the toolset that it offers.”

For more games like Mortal Kombat 1, be sure to check out our list of the best fighting games. You can also populate your Nintendo Switch library with our recommendations for the best Nintendo Switch games.

Catherine Lewis
News Writer, TechRadar Gaming

Catherine is a News Writer for TechRadar Gaming. Armed with a journalism degree from The University of Sheffield, she was sucked into the games media industry after spending far too much time on her university newspaper writing about Pokémon and cool indie games, and realising that was a very cool job, actually. She previously spent 19 months working at GAMINGbible as a full-time journalist. She loves all things Nintendo, and will never stop talking about Xenoblade Chronicles.