Since their November 18 release, Game Freak’s new monster-collecting RPGs Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have been criticised for their objectively poor technical performance, which is only surpassed by the staggering amount of bugs. (At least one issue is beneficial; it makes it easier to find shiny Pokémon.) Some users are now asking Nintendo for refunds because it is evident that these two games are not ready for prime time.
The debut of Scarlet and Violet was janky-assed. Framerates that stutter, awful graphics that suddenly appear, and characters and monsters cutting through one another are just a few of the drawbacks. Even Pokéballs can cause odd problems, such as the background disappearing or the camera going crazy.
The gameplay issues are so severe and seemingly never-ending that Scarlet and Violet have received the worst reviews of the entire series. Since the games’ formal debut last Friday, November 18, customers have requested refunds for their digital purchases on Reddit. And numerous people are reporting success.
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On November 20, Redditor Hotdog Daddy wrote in the r/Pokémon forum, “I got a refund from the shop last night of Violet after finding the game is not at a position I believe acceptable for a AAA release.” “The representative told me that she would upgrade my case, considering the circumstances surrounding the state of Pokémon S/V, to ensure the refund was issued. In an hour, it was approved.
One comment said, “Welcome to the refund crew.” “Honestly, I hate that I even have to do this. However, we may perhaps experience some positive backlash. I might purchase the game secondhand if we have a good patch and updates. Until then, I won’t buy a new Pokémon game unless it is genuinely AAA quality.
Jaded Goth, who received hundreds of votes for another post in which he said, “Refunded. I’ll stop contributing to the issue. Many people will fight for this franchise till the day they pass away. However, could you genuinely say this was their best attempt after looking at the game? I had to double-check to ensure I wasn’t unintentionally playing this on a toaster due to the FPS and graphics.
They managed to get away with disabling so many beautiful features and quality-of-life elements, such as status animations, decisions regarding exp sharing, and battle animations, to name just a few. “Since I complained about the state of this game, I can no longer be contributing to the issue,” they said. I received my money back and felt a lot better.
Several Redditors are expressing their personal experiences trying to secure refunds from Nintendo in these threads and quite a few others. While many report success, some indicate that Nintendo customer assistance needs to be worked with a little bit before agreeing to a refund. Kotaku contacted Nintendo for comment, but we could not independently verify the specifics of the repayments.
The most recent game in the series, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet introduces several new creatures to gather while being incredibly buggy. This features a classified peacock, an Apple Jacks-like mascot, and an adorable deadly ghost dog. Perhaps upcoming patches will improve the enjoyment of the game around them. Yes, one can always dream.