Be careful what you read and watch before December 7.
As a result, spoilers may now be floating around, so be careful as you navigate social media until next week’s launch.
“As far as [pirated] Switch games go this is the biggest ever,” JJB, the administrator of a popular Switch piracy community told Motherboard.
Overall, four sources confirmed the leak, with one sending Motherboard a gameplay video of a specific character and stage upon request.
Multiple pirated versions of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are apparently being passed around, and at least one of them results in Switch consoles being bricked. At least one other version that supposedly originated from a Mexican retail copy of Ultimate, is said to work without bricking consoles.
The timing of the leak surprised many and even upset some pirates who believed it was too early. “Two weeks early for a game like Smash is insane for a public leak,” said JJB.
IGN has reached out to Nintendo for comment and will update this article with any response we receive.
“A counterfeit Nintendo product is an illegal copy of an authentic Nintendo product,” reads a statement on Nintendo’s website. “These counterfeit products often originate from Taiwan, Hong Kong, or China. The production, distribution, or sale of counterfeit Nintendo products is illegal. Nintendo has brought thousands of legal actions worldwide to stop counterfeiters.”
While it’s impossible to state exactly how much piracy is affecting Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s sales, it hasn’t stopped Ultimate from becoming the most pre-ordered game in franchise history.
Fans can get ready for release day by reading up on all their legal options for buying and playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Nick Santangelo is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia. He likes playing as the various versions of Link and mashing buttons. Follow him on Twitter.