Pokemon Scarlet & Violet’s release is just around the corner – here’s how to preload your Gen 9 adventure so it’s ready for launch!

The day we’ve all been waiting for is just about to arrive, as Pokemon Scarlet & Violet launches on November 18.

But for those looking to get a headstart on the competition, you’ll need to pre-install your copy of Scarlet & Violet early. That way, you’ll be able to play before anyone else, and start your quest to catch ’em all without delay.

How Big Is Pokemon Scarlet & Violet’s File Size?

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet will take up 10 GB of storage space on your Nintendo Switch, according to its official webpage listing.

For reference, this puts it significantly larger than Pokemon Legends: Arceus which came in at 6 GB.

However, it is a similar size to Pokemon Sword or Shield, which required 10.3 GB of hard drive space.

Can You Pre-Download Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Yes, you can pre-download Pokemon Scarlet & Violet right now, ahead of its launch on November 18. This will ensure that you can start playing as soon as Gen 9 officially launches this Friday.

However, this is only possible for those users who purchased the game digitally via the Nintendo eShop.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Cover Art

How to Pre-Load Pokemon Scarlet & Violet on Nintendo Switch

To pre-download Pokemon Scarlet & Violet on Nintendo Switch:

  • Open the Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo Switch
  • Search for Pokemon Scarlet or Pokemon Violet (or find them in the Discover tab)
  • Select Proceed to Purchase.
  • Once you’ve paid for the game, you’ll have the option to install right from the eShop page!

Now, a Pokemon Scarlet or Pokemon Violet icon will be present on your Nintendo Switch home page. However, you won’t be able to launch either game until it officially goes live.

When Can I Play Pokemon Scarlet & Violet?

Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet will be released at midnight on Friday, November 18. However, certain players in the USA will be able to access the game slightly earlier.

Here’s a guide to Pokemon Scarlet & Violet’s release times in all regions and a countdown to launch!

If you want a physical copy of the Gen 9 Pokemon games, you’ll have to wait until shops open to obtain one. However, GameStop looks likely to be doing a midnight launch on November 18 for those who just can’t wait any longer.

Since it’s almost launch day, we hope you’ve got your favorite Starter Pokemon picked out! Here are all the Pokemon Scarlet & Violet evolutions to help you decide!

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