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To say that Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have had a rough launch would be a fair assessment. Since its release on November 18, the game’s reception has been very mixed, with players’ biggest issues being the many technical issues and bugs that have made the game almost unplayable in some cases. Now in a rare move from Nintendo, some players have been able to get refunds on their copies of the game.
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Players have taken to Reddit to share details of how they got their refunds, with many citing the game’s poor performance and numerous bugs, all while expressing their disappointment and frustration with the state of the game. Reddit user u/Jaded_Goth even went so far as to say “can you honestly look at this game and tell me it was their best effort? The FPS and graphics made me double check if I accidentally played this on a toaster.” Along with their issues with the game, many point to Nintendo’s customer support and encourage others unhappy with the game’s quality to do the same.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s bugs and glitches are plentiful, with some players finding issues that seem funny or slightly useful like running faster, while other issues have made the game nearly unplayable in some cases. Players have shared videos of major frame rate drops, severely buggy character models, and long load times to name a few.
Despite these issues and player outrage, it hasn’t stopped these games in the series from selling like hotcakes, with Pokémon Scarlet and Violet becoming the second biggest Pokémon launch ever in the UK and likely to continue breaking records despite the issues. and players bored.
It’s unclear if we’ll see any patches to improve the game’s performance in the near future, but for many, this should be a wake-up call for Game Freak and Nintendo to be more respectful to both its fans and one of the its biggest franchises, with many hoping this is a one-off blunder and not the start of a trend.