Leaked Copies of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate circles two weeks before its expected release. During the weekend, information about the…
Leaked Copies of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate circles two weeks before its expected release. During the weekend, information about the game’s adventure mode, musical soundtrack and Spirits system has spread over YouTube, 4Chan and Reddit. From now on, the origin of the leak is unknown.
Over the years, Smash leaks have become typical of a meme before each iteration release. Often they are fake. As late as October, a leak called Grinch leak apparently released that Shadow the Hedgehog, Mach Rider, Geno, Banjo-Kazooie and Chorus Kids would appear in the upcoming game. Players split into #teamreal and #teamfake camps, with the latter to argue that, like most other Smash leaks, Grinch’s leak was fake. It turns out that it was.
This time the leak is legit, as the VICE motherboard was first confirmed. Kotaku also asked a Switch hacker with a leaked copy to play Smash Ultimate lives on video chat and requested that they show a certain stage and character as they did.
The hacker who walks at JJ talked with Kotaku over Discord chat this morning. JJ is involved in the Nintendo Switch Homebrew scene and says he works “especially in the leakage area”. On November 21, JJ said, he had a copy of Smash Ultimate through one of online hacking communities he is a part of. “It’s almost incredible that a major issue like Smash releases this early,” said JJ. “It’s very big when it comes to leaks.”
“How I first heard it is a word of mouth kind of things,” he said. “We usually have games for a week or two before they are released when people approach us.” JJ believes that the leakage stems from an early code from a journalist or a wholesaler who broke the street date. (19459020) Kotaku could not confirm any theory. We have not yet received a review code for Smash Ultimate .)
When I asked how he felt to be part of this leak, which has outraged much of the Smash community ( if comments on Twitter, YouTube and Reddit are some indications) JJ said: “Although I usually do not mind leakage, I felt that the game leaked so early was a bad thing. I specifically told people to wait until three days before launching something would leak, pamper the game to the public, this will just start wrong. “
Nintendo has copyrighted YouTube channels that have leaked Smash Ultimate content. The entire channels are removed as well. One YouTuber passing by Dystify transfers Nintendo’s audio track to its YouTube channel from games like Splatoon 2 Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: The Spirit of the Wild . For weeks, he had prepared specialized custom layouts for the forthcoming Smash game’s audio track for his YouTube viewers. In a Discord chat, Dystify told Kotaku that he came into contact with the full leaked Super Smash Bros. Ultimate audio track on a Discord server Friday night.
I hesitated, “Dystify said. He did not want to upload it early and added that he did not want Nintendo’s” bad side “and respects the game’s developer.” But on YouTube, you would literally lose millions of views if you upload content later than everyone else, “he said.” Uploading the soundtrack on Day 1, compared to when others uploaded it could have been a difference between 100 views per video and 100,000+. “He launched upload over 150 Smash Ultimate songs and remixes, as in retrospective, he refers to “greed.”
When Dystify saw that other YouTube users had uploaded videos from the audio track, he said he thought it would be ok if he did Many hours later, Nintendo sent him a set of copyright laws, which Kotaku confirmed. Since he had several copyright breaks, the Dystify channel will be removed on December 2, he says. soundtrack YouTubers published leaked Smash Ultimate music publicly claim that their channels will be deleted, except for Nintendo Insider as reported first. Dystify says he accepts Nintendo’s decision. (Nintendo did not immediately comment on this story.)
Video game piracy is illegal, but what is anger Smash fans more than breaking is the fact that the leak takes the air out of Smash Ultimate 7th December release. Without experiencing the game’s features and hidden content organically, fans feel that the whole game experience can be broken if they trip on any spoiler-threaded or Tweet. At forums like Reddit, Smash fans have expressed sympathy for game developers. The next half and a half years will be a mining field for fans who do not want to trip on any spoilers.
At the end of our conversation I asked JJ what he does with his copy of Smash Ultimate . “I’m playing it right now, lol,” he said. “Just unlocked King K Rool.”