Yesterday, Nintendo Enthusiast disappointedly published its review of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch‘s Switch port. Our reviewer found that the all-time great RPG was locked behind an insurmountable maze of bugs, freezing, and audio glitches. The port’s performance could not be remedied with anything — not even reinstalling the game on system memory. We were quite surprised to see other outlets did not have the same issues. While investigating what made our experience so different, I have been thinking about all of the unusual glitches hiding across the medium.
There are frustrating system failures where a game will freeze, soft-lock you into a level, or just lose your progress altogether. And on the other end of the spectrum are things like the entire existence of Bethesda titles such as Fallout and Skyrim, where hilarious bugs are practically part of the experience. Today, I’m asking you all to share the most unusual video game glitch you’ve come across.
My weirdest encounter was not anything zany or hilarious, but just a frustrating glitch that nobody else on earth seems to have experienced. Towards the end of my inaugural playthrough of Xenoblade Chronicles, I was in high spirits. After hobbling unsuccessfully through the endgame boss gauntlet, I had spent hours traveling around the game’s many beautiful locales and grinding to as high a level as possible. When I passed the point of no return once more, I breezed through the boss onslaught and got right up to phase two of the final battle.
A black load screen appeared, and I took a quick breath, excitedly thinking about how I was finally about to finish one of the most fantastic RPGs ever. Then a quick breath became a long one, and pretty soon I was wondering what was taking the game so long to load. Before I knew it, several minutes ha passed, and I turned to Google to see if this was a common problem. It wasn’t — it seems that the game fell into a run-of-the-mill loading error at the worst possible time, and I could not find a single corroborating story online. Eventually, I accepted defeat, loaded the game up again, and beat the ever-loving crap out of all of those bosses a third time before capping things off by romping the final enemy. I was tired, to say the least.
What’s the strangest video game glitch you’ve ever encountered?
Hopefully, your story is a little more fun than mine! The tangling webs of interlocking systems and funky coding tricks that make our favorite games create some very intriguing by-products — share your favorites in the comments!