UPDATE 20/9/23: Mortal Kombat boss Ed Boon has promised that the Switch version of Mortal Kombat 1 will be improved, and said he regretted not launching the game in a better state.
"A number of the the concerns of the issues that had come up will absolutely be addressed," Boon has now told BBC Newsbeat, in an interview which also flagged the Switch version's $70 price point.
"It would have been ideal for us to have released the version that we absolutely wanted," Boon continued. "But anything that we're finding a problem with is on our list and is going to be fixed... Anything that we see that is not acceptable will absolutely be addressed."
ORIGINAL STORY 18/9/23: Mortal Kombat 1 released in early access last week across Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S. Since then, several users have uploaded footage and screenshots showcasing the Switch version of the game - and the results aren't great.
In fact, the version available on Nintendo's hybrid console has been widely panned, with many wondering how the developer can ask the same price on Switch as on other platforms.
Fans have taken to the likes of X (formerly Twitter) and TikTok to question NetherRealm's decision to market Mortal Kombat 1 as a $70 Switch release. It has been called "robbery" and "disrespectful" to users.
Crying at the Switch version of Mortal Kombat 1, Why didn’t they just wait for the next gen switch console, the fact it costs 70$ 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
Others have noticed glitches on their Switch versions of the game.
"Both of these are $70?!?!?$? Awwww hell no," one X user said, sharing a side-by-side comparison of Li Mei. "If I was playing Mortal Kombat 1 on Switch I'd ask for a refund in a heartbeat."
Both of these are $70?!?!?$?— OleManLogan (@OleManLogan) September 17, 2023
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
Nintendo fans keep saying "graphics don't matter." Mortal Kombat heard you loud and clear. $70 for this. 🤣 pic.twitter.com/SqAMKQZ7YB— #WolverinePS5 (@HlNOMARUSUMO) September 17, 2023
TikTok user Johniibo, who regularly covers Nintendo releases, said Mortal Kombat 1 feels like a PS1 game. "It is just horrible," they shared.
In a follow up video, the creator said while they are "happy" to have access to Mortal Kombat 1 on the Switch, it feels "borderline criminal" to be charging the same price for this version of the game as the Xbox and PS counterparts. Johniibo said it doesn't feel bad to play, but it "really hurts their eyes".
@johniibo Mortal Kombat 1 is not worth it on Nintendo Switch #gaming #nintendo #nintendoswitch ♬ original sound - Johniibo
@johniibo Mortal Kombat 1 on Nintendo Switch glitches #gaming #nintendo #nintendoswitch ♬ original sound - Johniibo
Digital Foundry is also planning to take a closer look at all versions of Mortal Kombat 1, so be sure to keep an eye out for their thoughts on the site soon.