The release of Mortal Kombat 11 on the Switch marked the ultra-violent series’ long-awaited return to Nintendo hardware.
Unsurprisingly, there was some hesitation about bringing the game across to Nintendo’s new platform prior to release. Earlier this year at BIG Digital 2020, Nintendo of America’s Scott Hawkins revealed how Warner Bros. higher-ups were apparently worried the latest entry might not be “Nintendo-friendly” enough to release on the hybrid platform.
Here’s the full transcript, 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.”
As highlighted by Hawkins, the eleventh entry was well-received when it eventually arrived on the switch – once again proving there is an audience for this type of content on Nintendo hardware.
When the Mortal Kombat series originally started out, Nintendo was known for censoring the first and second game due to its own family-friendly policies and the lack of a video game age-rating system at the time.
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