Brittany Gates

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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Sells 10 Million Copies

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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet sets a new record for Nintendo for the fastest-selling game by selling 10 million copies within the first three days of its release.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet shocks the entire game industry by selling 10 million physical and digital copies worldwide within the first three days of its release. The game is now the fastest-selling Nintendo game of all time, beating out Sword and Shield. That game sold 6 million copies and its first week.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Does Have Issues, However

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet does have several performance issues causing mixed critic and user scores. Checking the game’s Metacritic score at the time of this article’s publication I see it stands at a moderate 78 critic’s score and a dismal 2.9 user’s score. This user’s score is the lowest in the Pokemon franchise.

Although this game features an old world for players to run around and catch all types of Pokemon, the game also has many performance issue and bugs. I watched videos of people playing the game and then their character falls through the ground and into the void. It’s pretty funny to me because it reminds me of the weird bugs plaguing Bethesda Softworks games years ago.Yet, this isn’t funny to the fans of the franchise, who spent at least $60 USD to buy one of the two games. (The double pack is $120 USD.)

What’s the reason behind the performance issues and bugs? Some blame the Nintendo Switch as its a nearly six year-old console in need of major upgrade. However, I had some viewers tell me they aren’t having these issues playing on the Switch OLED model. And that model only has an updated display as the CPU and memory are the same type in the Switch Base Model. Other people blame Game Freak, the developer of the game. And I lean toward the developer being the issue too. Games like Xenoblade Chronicles 3 doesn’t have performance issues running on the same hardware. Bayonetta 3 does have some performance issues like stuttering. And it appears this comes down to developers taking the time getting the game to run well on the older Switch hardware.

Hopefully Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s issues are patchable. When and if that patch will arrive no one knows currently.

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