The latest Pokemon games have had the biggest global launch sales in Nintendo’s history, despite players complaining of bugs and poor graphical performance.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, released last week on the To changehave the lowest user scores in the series’ history on review aggregator website Metacritic.
Previously the lowest rated game was Pokemon Unite with an average score of 3.7, but Scarlet and Violet “beat it” with 2.9 and 3.4 respectively at the time of writing.
Scarlet and Violet received mostly critical acclaim, with critics complimenting the addictive gameplay and vibrant colors, and they sold 10 million copies combined in their first three days.
But gamers on social media have documented numerous issues and evidence of poor graphics performance.
It’s fair to say that the visuals are pretty lackluster by modern standards – for our money, they’re reminiscent of a PlayStation 3 game from yesteryear.
During Sky News’ time with the game, framerate drops were common even in simple scenarios, and Pokemon and other characters popped in and out of the landscape.
The gameplay, which continues Pokemon’s transition to a more open world experience, remains enjoyable.
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Some have blamed the poor graphics performance on the Switch’s hardware – even the most recent iteration, the premium OLED switch model, is less powerful than Sony’s last-gen PlayStation 4.
But more than five years after its release, the Switch is still incredibly popular and was expected to become the hottest console on Black Friday.
Searches for the Switch were 132% higher than for Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Sony’s PlayStation 5, which ring with consistent results showing the Switch to be the best-selling console every year since its release.
The console is still capable of producing excellent games, fans are eagerly awaiting the next open-world epic Legend Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom.
Scarlet and Violet’s issues have raised questions about the future of regular Pokemon developer GameFreak, but regardless of the lackluster reception, Nintendo certainly won’t be worried about its financial performance.