Earlier this month, we reported a rumor that Mortal Kombat 11 would be delayed on Switch until May. While nothing was official, it looks like Nintendo UK is seemingly confirming the May 10th release date. With the company promoting the game on its website as launching in May, I think it’s a safe bet that the delay is legitimate. European Switch owners have multiple preorder options to choose from on the site. You can preorder one of three bundles that include the game and a Pixel Pal of Sub-Zero, Scorpion, or Raiden.
Mortal Kombat 11 is the latest installment in the iconic fighting franchise. In other regions, the Switch version will launch simultaneously with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions on April 23rd. The game will have fan-favorite fighters like Scorpion, Sonya Blade, Raiden, Sub-Zero, and Baraka, as well as new kharacters like Skarlet and Geras. There are even new tweaks and additions to the actual combat.
There are separate bars to manage for both offensive and defensive abilities. Now you don’t have to worry about having a quick wakeup available if you just used an enhanced attack. Certain moves will get the cinematic camera treatment, such as Baraka chomping at Scorpion’s arm. Background interactions return, although they seem to be downplayed for the better. And for the hardcore fighting game fans, a flawless block is available to break an opponent’s momentum.
What was most interesting, however, were the Fatal Blows. These powerful abilities appear to replace X-Ray attacks. They’re also more seamless in battle and are relegated to being a comeback mechanic. Fatal Blows can only be performed when on the last 30% of your health which heightens match tension.
Switch and fighting games – a perfect match
Mortal Kombat 11 seems like the ideal for the Nintendo Switch. The console’s ability to be played on the go means that portable Mortal Kombat could be addictive. Between the iconic characters, visceral fighting, gorgeous graphics, and the story touted by the developers, it looks like Mortal Kombat 11 is a game that Switch owners, and fighting game fans should pick up.
Be on the lookout when Mortal Kombat 11 launches in Europe May 10th. Are you buying the game on Switch? If you’re from the U.S. or have other consoles, will you be getting Mortal Kombat 11 on April 23rd? Leave a comment below.