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Pokémon Violet and Scarlet are Getting an Apologetic Update

Pokemon Violet and Scarlet

The recently-released Pokemon Violet and Scarlet are receiving a hefty patch today, with Nintendo apologising for the game’s bugs and performance issues.

This pair of Nintendo Switch Pokémon games have, between them, sold over ten million copies. But, as backed up by more than a few Twitter/YouTube clips, there have also been widespread reports of glitches and performance issues. To address these, Nintendo is putting out a update for both Pokémon Violet and Scarlet.

The patch, which upgrades each games to version 1.1.0, arrive today. They requires 1GB of free space, which may not seem like a lot compared to some PlayStation and Xbox patches. But given that each game is only 7GB in size, that’s quite a chunky update.

Sandwiched between the patch notes, you can find an apology (of sorts) from Nintendo. It reads:

“We are aware that players may encounter issues that affect the games’ performance. Our goal is always to give players a positive experience with our games, and we apologize for the inconvenience. We take the feedback from players seriously and are working on improvements to the games.”

So what issues do the patches fix? The answer is, we’re not entirely sure. No, we’ve not been hitting the eggnog early. Nintendo’s patch notes are strangely threadbare, compared to, say, CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 notes. The Pokemon Violet and Scarlet patch notes are, in full:

  • Season 1 of Ranked Battles will kick off, allowing you to enjoy Ranked Battles through the Battle Stadium.
    • Please check the in-game notice for more details about Ranked Battles Season 1.
  • An issue has been fixed that caused the music to not play correctly during the battles with the Elite Four and the Top Champion in the Victory Road path.
  • Other select bug fixes have been made.

Those “other select bug fixes” must be meaty enough to warranty 1GB patch, yet they’re all summarised by one single line. Granted, Nintendo doesn’t have to list everything they’ve fixed but it’s still unusual that they wouldn’t go into more detail.

We’ll definitely be watching to see how the Switch-owning Pokémon community responds to this one. And if you’re looking for a gift for a Pokemon fan, check out our gift guide here. 

Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.