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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s first patch fixes bugs and adds ranked battles

“We are working on improvements to the games.” In the first update since it launched on November 18, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is finally dishing out bug fixes and opening up ranked play. If you’ve been on the internet at all this week, there’s a mighty chance that you’ve seen the abundance of bugs, glitches, and performance issues that Pokemon players have been facing. It’s incredibly fortunate that the gameplay is great enough to be able to overlook such issues, and this certainly didn’t stop Scarlet and Violet from selling 10 million copies in its first few days. I wonder…

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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s Battle Stadium has one fundamental issue

The RNG seed is the same for every battle… Pokemon Scarlet and Violet has plenty of issues, mainly in the realm of performance. We’ve witnessed Pokemon fall through the floor in battle, NPCs that function at around 5FPS, and a host of other amusing glitches and bugs. It’s not great, but with the gameplay throughout Scarlet and Violet being among some of the best we’ve seen in recent years, these performance issues are easy enough to brush off when you’re having a good time. Which of the adorable Paldean starters did you choose? That said, players who have spent time…

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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet sells 10 million copies in a matter of days

This makes it the fastest selling Pokemon game of all time. We were already well aware that Pokemon Scarlet and Violet has had the best physical launch in the UK this year, but how has the latest mainline Pokemon instalment done altogether? Nintendo has since announced that Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is, in fact, the fastest-selling game in Nintendo’s history. These guys think Quaxly is the best starter. Go tell them they’re wrong. The game, which introduces Generation 9 of Pokemon, has managed to sell 10 million units globally in both physical and digital sales in its first three days…

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With Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s release, Redditor realises Pokéballs have avoided inflation for 26 years

Sounds like a nice place to live. Since 1996, Pokémon has been an almost idyllic universe for catching and training ‘mons without any real trouble. Sure, there’s the chaos caused by “organised crime syndicates trying to start global apocalypses,” according to Reddit user TheFoochy, but Team Rocket are the least of your troubles here. Which starter did you choose? If it was actually Quaxly, I’m sorry. As a young teenager let out into the wild with a single Pokémon, you’re already living rent-free. In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, you only have to attend school for a few days before you’re…

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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet players want one thing: refunds

Due to bugs and other technical faults, players aren’t at all happy. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet buyers are requesting refunds, after running into numerous bugs and performance issues. Some of them, applying for their money digitally, are urging others to join them. This development, first reported on by The Gamer, has largely been spurred on by unpleased customers on social media. Reddit, a hub for Pokemon discussion, has been a particular hot spot for complaints and refund requests, with several users posted their anecdotal stories of financial recovery on the forums. You can watch a feature overview trailer for Pokemon…

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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet might be buggy, but they’re top sellers in the UK

The latest generation has had the best physical launch in the UK this year. We all know that Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have some performance issues, but that hasn’t stopped the pair of games being the biggest UK physical launch this year. Yeah, alright, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are… less than perfect. Frame rate issues a plenty, limited clothing options, this guy. None of that matters in a capitalistic world though, because as reported by, the ninth generation of games are the top sellers in terms of physical copies sold on launch in the UK. Prior to the launch…

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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet gives us our 1000th pocket monster, for better or worse

Love it or hate it, it’s here. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are here, and with this latest generation comes the 1000th Pokémon and there’s definitely going to be a Marmite situation going on here. Obviously a spoiler ahead for the 1000th Pokémon, as it hasn’t officially been revealed yet. Look, I’m not that old. I’m slightly too young for the original Red and Blue, even Gold and Silver, but I’m that ripe age to have grown up with Ruby and Sapphire, a simpler time where there were only 386 Pokémon. But that was literally 20 years ago, and now there’s…

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Pokemon Scarlet & Violet review: a super-effective new vision – with painful performance woes

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet represent a sea change for the Pokemon series – yes, yet again – but arguably this is the most important adjustment to date. This is the template that the series will follow going forward: and I’m thrilled to report that it’s an invigorating, thrilling, and wildly lovable game that meshes together old and new with impressive precision. Which Scarlet & Violet starter is the best? We have the answer. I like it just as much as I did Pokemon Legends: Arceus – which I described in that review as the best Pokemon game in 20 years….

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Ash Ketchum is officially the world’s best Pokémon trainer, bless him

He didn’t catch ’em all, but he’s still the very best. He finally did it folks, the boy who struggled to find his footing for so long, Ash Ketchum, is officially the world’s best Pokémon trainer. On Friday, November 11, the most recent episode of the Pokémon anime aired in Japan, showing Ash (or Satoshi as he is originally known) winning the Masters Eight tournament of the Pokémon World Coronation Series. This comes towards the end of the current season, called Journeys, which has shown Ash and best boy Pikachu travelling the world of Pokémon, revisiting some friends along the…

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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s latest critter is the coin-loving Gimmighoul

This particular pocket monster comes in two flavours. Gimmighoul is the latest Pokémon to be revealed for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, and it even has a Pokémon Go connection. You might have already seen the little critter wandering around Pokémon Go, but Gimmighoul has officially been revealed, though it doesn’t seem to be the most straight forward pocket monster around. Those that have been keeping an eye on will have seen a chest filled with coins, which is apparently one form of Gimmighoul itself. Whereas the one walking around, giving you coins in Pokémon Go is a different form…

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Ahead of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s release, I actually decided to “catch ’em all” – and now I hate myself

When I was eight years old, I introduced Pokémon to the playground. I’d just watched the first episodes of the anime on SM:TV Live and forced my friends to engage in imaginary Pokémon battles. I’d forgotten many of the Pokémon’s names, so fights were mismatches like Onix versus Rockadock (whom I later found is called Geodude). By December, the playground was abuzz with trading cards, toys, and playfights. On Christmas morning, I unwrapped a copy of Pokémon Blue and commandeered my brother’s Game Boy to stare into a green abyss for days, only stopping to change batteries. Find out why…

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Pokemon Scarlet & Violet hands-on: Lessons from Legends & Returning Traditions make this a fascinating, revolutionary new entry

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet are the follow-up to Sword and Shield, the first entry in a new generation. But in learning lessons from Legends Arceus, a fantastic new take on the series emerges. Check out our extensive preview chat here with loads of brand new footage. A STUDY IN SCARLET Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, the flagship games of a new Pokemon generation, find themselves in an interesting spot. A new Pokemon generation is always time for introspection, consideration, and gentle evolution – but earlier this year, a mere Pokemon spin-off tipped expectation of what the series can be upside down….

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Pokémon Sword and Shield are getting their last update early next month

Scarlet and Violet are set to launch November 18. Pokémon Sword and Shield are saying their final goodbyes next month, as the pair of titles will receive their final update ahead of the release of Scarlet and Violet. It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to hear that Sword and Shield only have one last update on the way, this one slated for November 1, as reported by The Wild Area News’ last update will add a number of Pokémon typically not available like Gigantamax Snorlax, marking this is the final Wild Area News update in the game….

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Garden Eel Pokemon Wiglett detailed for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Quick bit of news for you: Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have provided more information on Wiglett, the Pokemon revealed yesterday for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. This newly discovered Pokemon lives in the Paldea region and is known as a Garden Eel Pokemon. It may look like Diglett, but it’s a different species. It is a Water-type and features the abilities Gooey and Rattled. Wiglett Knows How to Make a Splash – Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Boasting an exceptional sense…

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Game Freak’s co-founder and managing director has left the studio for senior role at The Pokemon Company

They’re leaving one Pokemon company for another. Game Freak’s managing director, Junichi Masuda, has left the Pokemon game studio. Masuda left the studio he co-founded on May 31 to join The Pokemon Company as its chief creative fellow. He has supported the Pokemon series for many years since the development of Pokemon Red and Green, and in his new position, he will be involved in the development of new services and products at The Pokemon Company. “From Pokemon Ruby Sapphire to Pokemon X and Y, I have been a director and involved in the development of many video games such…