Pokémon X and Y Have A Serious Bug In Lumiose City. Here’s What You Can Do.

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y have a bug that appears to make the games’ controls unresponsive after saving in certain areas within Lumiose City. Nintendo say they’re aware of the situation, and that Game Freak are working on a patch that will be released “as soon as it is ready,” but in the meantime, they’ve pointed out what you can do to avoid the problem. Below is their full message, from their support site:

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Information regarding saving game data in Lumiose City in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.



Thank you very much for playing and enjoying the Pokémon series.

An issue has been found with the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games, released for Nintendo 3DS on October 12, 2013. After the player saves the game in certain areas and then reloads the save file, the controls may become unresponsive.

Please follow the instructions below in order to avoid this issue.

For players who are already experiencing this issue, please be aware that we are currently preparing an application to fix it, and will make it available to download from Nintendo eShop as soon as it is ready. We apologize for the inconvenience.


The Issue

In some rare cases, if the player saves the game in certain areas of Lumiose City (see below map), then ends the game, the controls will not respond when the saved game is reloaded.


How to Avoid This

Please make sure you don’t save the game while in the areas marked on the map below (blue area). You can still save the game anywhere else in Lumiose City, including inside buildings such as Pokémon Centers.



Solution for Players Already Experiencing this Issue

We are preparing an application to recover saved game data for players whom this has happened to. This will be made available to download from Nintendo eShop as soon as possible.

We apologize sincerely for any inconvenience and ask you to please keep an eye on our website over the coming days for the latest information and updates.


We’ll keep our eyes open for any announcements regarding when a patch will be released to address the bug. Meanwhile, it’s probably a good idea to make your friends aware of the issue. Considering the amount of players playing X and Y just this past week alone means that the bug is likely to pop up in quite a few games.

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