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Pokémon Purple and Scarlet are already breaking surprising records!

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The ninth generation has just officially arrived on Switch and breaks two impressive and contradictory records.

Today is the big day: budding trainers can finally embark on an adventure in the region of Paldea. The new open world formula supposed to revolutionize the franchise will have to prove itself to aficionados, but these new episodes are already talking about them barely released. In fact, it didn’t take long for Pokemon Purple and Scarlet set two records. It’s the performance of these versions that make a big splash, both for good and for bad. But what is it about that the games manage to mark the history of the franchise so quickly?

Pre-orders galore

Even before its release, the game was already shaping up to be a commercial success. Indeed, a Japanese chain of stores revealed at the beginning of November that the number of pre-orders reached was the largest ever observed for the release of a Switch game, and this two weeks before the launch date!

Pokemon Purple and Scarlet therefore seem to intrigue players looking to discover the first open world version of the license. But more than just setting a record in this Japanese brand, these latest versions of pocket monsters have also established themselves worldwide. At least that’s what Takato Utsunomiya, CEO of The Pokémon Company, says that these titles have had the highest number of pre-orders in the history of the Pokémon license (without revealing the exact figures). Obviously, the players were therefore conquered even before learning more about the title. Unfortunately, it may well be that the title disappoints more than one…

Falling grades

The second record of Pokemon Purple and Scarlet is far from flattering. The test output revealed that these episodes garnered the lowest ratings ever given to games in the franchise. On Metacritic, these versions are still ranked below Pokémon Sword and Shield, without displaying a catastrophic score. The ranking of Pokémon games on the rating platform is as follows:

  • Pokemon Purple and Scarlet : 78
  • Pokémon Sword and Shield : 80
  • Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire : 82
  • Pokémon Diamond and Pearl : 85
  • Pokemon Sun and Moon : 87
  • Pokemon X and Y : 87
  • Pokemon Black and White : 87

Despite this lower score, most tests (including ours) agree that this version is the most satisfactory in terms of gameplay, and has been for several generations. However, in-game performance is sometimes so catastrophic that it can be difficult for some to get past these bugs. However, the license Pokemon finally starting to evolve and should surely go up the slope in the years to come.

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