Proceed with kaution: Warner Bros. higher-ups were worried Mortal Kombat 11 on Switch wasn’t “Nintendo-friendly” enough

Mortal Kombat

If you like a fun fighting game with some krazy cameos, you can’t go wrong with Mortal Kombat 11. It runs decently on Switch and has the added bonus of portability, which helped it top the sales charts in April of 2019. However, it seems like there was some hesitation from the title’s publisher, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, to bring the fighter to Nintendo’s hybrid console in the first place.

Mortal Kombat 11 is quite violent, but Nintendo isn’t as squeamish as it used to be

Some time ago, during the event, BIG Digital 2020, Nintendo of America’s Scott Hawkins revealed there were some initial concerns about bringing Mortal Kombat 11 to Switch.

Here’s how Hawkins described the process, courtesy of Nintendo Everything:

When Warner Bros. got the first playable build of Mortal Kombat 11 up and running on Nintendo Switch, I flew down and met with the team down in southern California. One of the executives there was meeting with me and showing me the game, and we were playing it, and he looks at me and he says, ‘Scott, are you sure Nintendo wants this game on Nintendo Switch?’ And I said, ‘Yes, we absolutely want this game.’

He was concerned because it’s a mature-rated title that it wouldn’t be Nintendo-friendly. But clearly after seeing the first month’s worth of sales and see it be the number one game on the platform, it shows that yes, there is an audience. There’s an audience for lots of different types of content on the platform, and this was a big success.

Apparently, the executive forgot the Mortal Kombat series hasn’t been censored on a Nintendo system since the first game on the Super Nintendo. Also, the Big N openly called for more M rated titles on Switch. That is why we have the incredible The Witcher III on the platform.

Enthusiasts, were you ever worried Mortal Kombat 11 would be less violent on Switch? Do you own a copy on the console or on rival hardware? Let us know below.

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