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Mortal Kombat 1 Nintendo Switch Patch Claims Visual Improvements

The heavily criticised Nintendo Switch version of Mortal Kombat 1 has its first post-launch patch, which claims to address a number of issues with the game.

The Nintendo Switch version of Mortal Kombat 1 became the butt of many internet jokes for its low-quality visuals, prompting NetherRealm development chief Ed Boon to promise to improve the quality of the game.

IGN’s review of the current-gen version of Mortal Kombat 1 returned an 8/10, but IGN’s review of the Switch version, ported by Shiver Entertainment and Saber Interactive, came back with a 3/10. “Mortal Kombat 1 proves to be too much for the Switch's dated hardware,” we said. “The load times are egregious, and there are numerous bugs plaguing both graphics and gameplay, making for a poor quality port of a great game that's all around aggravating to play.”

The patch for Mortal Kombat 1 on Nintendo Switch addresses some of these high-profile issues, while adding the MIA Season 1 of Invasions mode to the game. The Switch version of Mortal Kombat 1 launched with only the tutorial stage of the Invasions mode, prompting complaints from customers.

Here are the patch notes for Mortal Kombat 1 on Nintendo Switch:

  • Season 1 of Invasions
  • Gameplay balance changes
  • Leaderboard fixes
  • Visual improvements and general bug fixes
  • Performance improvements
  • Loading time improvements
  • Stability fixes
  • Localization fixes

Given this patch only released overnight, fans are still making sense of whether or not it makes any meaningful difference. In a thread on the Nintendo Switch subreddit, first impressions suggest a more stable framerate.

Boon has teased a Mortal Kombat 1 reveal of some sort for this weekend’s New York Comic-Con, although he did rule out a gameplay reveal for upcoming DLC character Omni-Man.

....but that's not to say we are showing nothing. https://t.co/LpeexxKZi6

— Ed Boon (@noobde) October 11, 2023

Wesley is the UK News Editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter at @wyp100. You can reach Wesley at wesley_yinpoole@ign.com or confidentially at wyp100@proton.me.

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