As Nintendo fans are undoubtedly aware, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was recently leaked a whole two weeks before its December 7th launch. This isn’t just any leak, either: thanks to certain stores breaking street dates, certain players obtained the game early and uploaded the entire ROM online. Over the past three days, numerous streams and screenshots have flooded gaming forums and streaming services everywhere, unveiling every last cutscene, Spirit, Adventure Mode boss, and music track the game has to offer.
Needless to say, Nintendo is not happy with this unprecedented breach, and has already begun taking counter-measures; for instance, numerous YouTube users uploading Smash Bros. Ultimate’s new remixes were not only slapped with copyright strikes, but their channels set for termination within the week. One specific YouTuber goes into detail below:
I have also been copyright striked and the Dystifyzer YouTube channel will be deleted in 7 days. I knew the risks when uploading a soundtrack 2 weeks early, but I didn't want to be left behind other uploaders. Tough luck.
— Dystifyzer (@Dystifyzer) November 25, 2018
We imagine “I needed those views” isn’t exactly worth the trade-off (getting your entire channel wiped), but hey.
Perhaps more than any other game developer, Nintendo vigorously pursues any and all copyright violations, be it cash settlements for ROM sites and torrented copies of New Super Mario Bros. Wii or punishing retailers who broke Pokémon X and Y‘s release date (which did happen in the UK, Canada, and Italy). Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai has expressed great discontent with leaks, deciding against an Adventure Mode from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U thanks to leaked cutscenes from Super Smash Bros. Brawl — the Wii iteration — and took great pains to avoid any roster leaks prior to Smash Bros. Ultimate’s E3 reveal. (Let us also not forget the massive ESRB demo leak for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, which reportedly distressed Sakurai in a candid Nintendo of America Treehouse interview).
While yours truly admits to indulging within the leaked remixes, we at Hey Poor Player request our readers to respect the hard work of Mr. Sakurai and the rest of Bandai-Namco’s development team by avoiding any pirated copies and patiently wait for the December 7th launch. (And even if you ignore our plea, then at least know certain versions have been confirmed to brick your Switch console. Crime doesn’t pay!)
What do you think of this massive Smash Ultimate leak? Let us know in the comments below!