Nintendo Acknowledges Pokémon Scarlet & Violet’s Performance Issues, First Patch Goes Live Today

The first update to Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is live now.



Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have been out exclusively for the Nintendo Switch for just over two weeks now and fans seem to be divided on how they feel about the ninth-generation titles. On one hand, the games offer a handful of unique and exciting features that go well in the open-world model but a handful of missing features and an abundance of performance issues and bugs plague both games excessively beyond reason.

Now, after initially denying any knowledge of such issues, Nintendo has finally made a statement about the games’ performance and acknowledged what fans and media outlets (such as ours) have been exclaiming since release.

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.

This note comes in a recent support post from Nintendo stating that the first patch for Violet and Scarlet, which will be live as of Thursday, December 1st (today), will be available for download. However, this appears to only be the first of multiple planned patches and updates to address bugs and performance issues but does not seem to address any of the more major problems impacting players’ experiences, such as decreased framerates and other visual woes.

Ver. 1.1.0 (Releasing December 1, 2022)

  • 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.

As of right now, we do not know what Nintendo has planned as far as updates go, especially in terms of whether they are pushing developer Game Freak to immediately tackle the more glaring performance and visual problems but at least some progress is being made.

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