Have you American readers noticed the lack of coverage for Fire Emblem Warriors? There’s apparently a reason behind that: according to a report by USGamer, Nintendo has been restricting review copies following a leak of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions to the extent where not only smaller outlets and streamers will no longer receive such copies, but the review versions themselves won’t be sent out until the day of release. Can you say yikes?
For the uninitiated, the 3DS remake of the GBA classic was leaked on September 21th, over two weeks before the game’s official release (October 6th). While the unnamed leaker responsible has been identified, sources close to Nintendo say the company “flipped out” over the situation, and responded by tightening their review guidelines; consequently, it appears review copies of Fire Emblem Warriors and Super Mario Odyssey won’t be arriving until their respective launch dates (the source notes this will be divided “into tiers,” although the order and actual set-up remains unknown). Naturally, this has mucked up Mario Odyssey plans by major outlets, and another source mentions this has left many empty-handed outlets concerned over how they’ll be able to work around these new policies (the same source also notes that, in contrast, Nintendo of Europe has continued to supply review copies without incident). Needless to say, the sources involved feel these are rather drastic shifts in policies, and feel they’re being punished for the actions of one.
As this story is just breaking and Nintendo of America has yet to comment, it’s unknown exactly how long these new restrictions will remain as tight as they are (we suspect it’ll at the very least continue through the holiday season, consequently affecting Xenoblade Chronicles 2 coverage). Regardless, this involves a massive breach of trust, and may very well shape the future of Nintendo coverage going forward. We’ll continue providing information as it comes.
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