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Pokemon Legends: Arceus Trends Amid Troubled Scarlet and Violet Launch
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Pokémon fans call out Game Freak for poor performance of ‘Scarlet’ and ‘Violet’

Twitter users didn't hold back about gripes with Game Freak over issues with new 'Pokémon' installments.

Just a couple of days after Nintendo fans called for a Switch Pro to be released due to technical issues related to Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, gamers are now pointing the finger at developer Game Freak.

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Just a day after the release of the games, players are continuing to find some rather strange glitches, prompting “Game Freak” to trend on Twitter.

“Bold Choice for Game Freak to switch Pokémon to the horror genre,” one user wrote while highlighting a glitch that looked like a scene from a David Cronenberg movie.

“Pokémon would be the coolest shit if Game Freak could actually be given resources and time to make the game they likely want,” another commentator wrote while sharing a montage of some of the game’s lowlights.

“Game Freak be like that’ll be $60 + taxes,” another Twitter user wrote while sharing a pixelated video of Spongebob Squarepants.

Another Twitter user raised the possibility that perhaps Game Freak was actually subjected to crunch culture and that we shouldn’t be so quick to judge.

“I feel so bad for the developers at Game Freak tbh” one commentator wrote.

One user agreed, “this is painful to watch.”

It was another user’s assessment that it’s not the Nintendo Switch hardware that’s at fault, as evidenced by great-looking titles like Kirby and the Forgotten Land and Mario Odyssey, but perhaps a lack of bug-testing by the developers.

“[H]ow did game freak make the banger that was legends arceus and then release this hot garbage,” another Twitter user wrote.

One commentator imagined Snooki from Jersey Shore must’ve been one of the bug testers behind the scenes.

Pokémon Violet and Pokémon Scarlet are available on Nintendo Switch now.

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Danny Peterson
Danny Peterson covers entertainment news for WGTC and has previously enjoyed writing about housing, homelessness, the coronavirus pandemic, historic 2020 Oregon wildfires, and racial justice protests. Originally from Juneau, Alaska, Danny received his Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Alaska Southeast and a Master's in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Oregon. He has written for The Portland Observer, worked as a digital enterprise reporter at KOIN 6 News, and is the co-producer of the award-winning documentary 'Escape from Eagle Creek.'