Pokemon Scarlett Performance

On December 1, 2022, Nintendo released a software update for the newly launched Pokemon Scarlett and Pokemon Violet titles.  With the release of the update, Nintendo acknowledged performance issues with the games and issued an apology.

Analysis

The new Pokemon games have sold well but had well-documented performance issues with graphical glitches and frame rate drops.  The actual text of the statement is interesting because it does indeed contain an apology:

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.

Primarily this seems an indication that as the Switch approaches year 6 of its launch the system is getting old.  Slowing hardware sales, combined with performance issues, means Nintendo needs to launch a more powerful hardware system.  In the latest DFC console forecasts, we continue to have a new Nintendo system launching in 2024.

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