The reviews for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are in and many say that the Nintendo Switch has trouble running the game well. But it’s one thing to read in the abstract about performance problems. It’s much more fun to see how badly the game’s character models collide with each other while the framerate jerks.
The scenery randomly starts disappearing when you throw the Pokéball
Pokéballs are strong enough to digitize Pokémon and hold them in their fist-sized spaces, but I didn’t know they could also change the space around them. At least, they did in this case. They also made the framerate spasm like it was in pain.
— cherrim @ pkmn scarlet (@Cherrim) November 17, 2022
People Clip through each other
There are holding hands and then walking down the street with each other. Jesus, these two need to find a place to sleep. Or better rendering. Choose either one.
Pokemon Scarlet has major performance issues on the actual hardware and this is too funny. Running around in the world I get major frame drops. Entities just popping into existence. This is a joke pic.twitter.com/R6Oc5VNhi9
— Penten | Gold (@GoldilocksP4) November 11, 2022
The sandwich doesn’t even go inside her mouth
I’m pretty sure that when you eat a sandwich, it goes in your mouth and not next to it. I don’t expect much from an animation of someone eating a sandwich. Even so, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet still let me down.
This is the tackiest animation I have ever seen… the off kilter sandwich, whilst the trainer bites the air with no easing on the tweens…. the floating Pokemon in their idle animation staring at nothing😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/NFdclx8spT
— Starjeti (@Starjeti) November 16, 2022
The camera occasionally loses the player
These videos have a lot to figure out, like how NPCs pop up out of nowhere. I’m not too surprised because wild Pokémon did the same thing in Pokemon Legends: Arceus, so I shouldn’t be. The same goes for the awful frame rate. What does surprise me is the second video, where the player is riding a Koraidon and the camera has a hard time keeping up with them. It doesn’t even move that quickly.
Since Pokemon Scarlet & Violet released today.. 😌
— TM06💿: Exploring Paldea 🍇🍊 (@trsrpc) November 17, 2022
So, these Pachirisu are coming and going. Oh, and your Koraidon motorcycle gets stuck in the middle of some crates.
Secondo le recensioni Pokémon Scarlatto e Violetto sono una delle migliori generazioni Pokémon distrutti da una performance tecnica abominevole con cali di frame rate assidui non mi aspettavo altro insomma pic.twitter.com/Qnjxw2Lu2r
— Conrad_956 (@conrad_956) November 17, 2022
Pokémon Are Stuck In A Wall
Some shiny Pokémon are stuck in walls, so it’s a good thing that their sparkles move. (You’ll have to use your imagination a little, but that’s a Deino.)
Actually no, this is my favorite bug in Scarlet and Violet
encountering a Pokemon stuck in a wall pic.twitter.com/tBCQLrVoxE
— 🌊 Fuz ✨ (@AquaticFuz) November 17, 2022
Characters’ bodies stutter as they walk
So, I put this video in because of the stuttering. But what shocked me was how ugly this background waterfall is. You wouldn’t expect a modern machine like the Nintendo Switch to have a background like this.
these new pokemon games are graphically so pretty! my favourite features are the 600 missing pokemon and framerate stuttering. the graphics are a bonus! 🥰 79.99$ plus tax totally worth it ❤️ #PokemonScarletViolet #PokemonViolet #PokemonScarlet pic.twitter.com/KPiNFra4zX
— mansterzs (@mansterzs) November 17, 2022
Pokéballs make the camera clip into the ground
In this case, the pokéball makes the camera fly right through the ground before it finally hits the wild Pokémon. We’ve also seen in other Pokéball videos that the framerate is also dying a horrible death.
You can get Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet tomorrow to start your list of the worst glitches in a mainline Pokémon game.
— Yuria of Ailurus 🎋Angel's Sword (@YuriaVT) November 17, 2022
As of 11:55 a.m. E.T. on November 18, 2022:
Players have found even more funny bugs now that Pokémon Scarlet or Violet is available to everyone. Here are some new ones to make you laugh.
All trainers T-pose during a cutscene
Fair enough, you had to adjust the contrast on the original video to see it right. But the player said that this happened 10 minutes into the game. Just ten minutes! This isn’t a random cutscene in the middle of the game; it’s one of the first times players see Scarlet and Violet. It doesn’t look good for a game with a lot to prove.
had to fudge the brightness/contrast but: pic.twitter.com/REjCRVwbUK
— @Auri@meemu.org (@auribirb) November 18, 2022
The player rides on a legendary invisible motorbike
You were probably just as excited as the rest of us to ride the famous Koraidon and Myrmidon. This is the fastest way to get around Paldea: on one of these motorbike Pokémon. The only problem is that sometimes they can’t be seen. So it looks like you’re just zipping around while sitting awkwardly.
— なぎさ🌽🚑🌸 🧪🎋 (@nagisa_Vzuki39) November 17, 2022
Background characters or ghosts? You decide
This NPC seems to run into an invisible wall for a little while, and then they vanish. Spoopy. It would have been cool to see this in a haunted house, but not in the middle of the day.
Just a clip of Pokemon Violet working as intended pic.twitter.com/beKVzMnSuF
— jacob alpharad (@Alpharad) November 18, 2022
Schoolchildren’s legs distort the space-time fabric of the universe
The kids in the Pokémon books are so strong. Not only do they go on dangerous adventures and defeat adults who are trying to hurt them by the time they are 11, but they can also cause a lot of frame stuttering.
Guys I know theres been a lot of backlash with the fps of the new Pokémon games but oh my word…. pic.twitter.com/FtJEM0pGsK
— JoeB (@SOliveli) November 18, 2022
The lighting changes in the middle of a cutscene
I think the lighting was changed so the Quaxly would be easier to see in the next video cut. It happened too soon, which was a shame.
— Narry (@smellyfeetuhave) November 18, 2022
Pokémon stand hovered during battle, then fall out of the screen
I laughed when I saw that your Pokémon could fight a flying opponent while standing in the air. Since Flamigo is a bird, it makes sense that it could float. When the Flamingo fell straight down the cliff, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud.
For people who have never made a video game, colliders are what level designers use to ensure that game objects touch each other. It looks like the battle floor collider turned off by itself for no reason.
When Pokémon evolve, they can make copies.
Pokémon can duplicate when they evolve
So when a Pokémon evolves, you could get a second one of it. The player points out that the duplication is only visual, but it’s still funny to think of evolution becoming a “buy-one-get-one-free” deal like a fried chicken shop.
So if you evolve at the wrong time your pokemon clones itself?
(it's only visual but it's pretty strange) pic.twitter.com/sdBT20uG8P
— HopCat (@HopCaterpie) November 18, 2022
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Jessa Martin is the author of Nogmagazine, A professional in writing by day, and novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking.