Two weeks ahead of release, a full copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been leaked
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is one of the most hyped console releases of the year, and as its December 7th release date approaches, Switch gamers are growing more excited. Unless, of course, they’re one of the few that have already played the game.
A group of Nintendo Switch pirates called WarezNX apparently got a hold of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and dumped the game data in its entirety online. According to VICE Motherboard, who contacted the piracy group, the leak is legitimate. Multiple WarezNX members demonstrated gameplay of specific levels and characters at the request of Motherboard. The leak was later corroborated by Kotaku.
The source of the leak is currently uncertain. Early leaks usually happen either when a code used by game reviewers is distributed or someone in possession of a physical game copy dumps the game code. Current speculation is that this leak originated from a physical Switch cartridge, but this has yet to be confirmed.
Either way, a AAA game leaking two weeks early is almost unprecedented, especially one at the level of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Despite Nintendo's reputation for squashing the piracy of their games (as seen by their recent legal action against ROM sites), the Smash file dump seems to have spread like wildfire. The file package has been shared on multiple websites and Discord servers.
It goes without saying that this leak is obviously illegal. Our advice? Just wait two weeks and purchase the game legitimately when it comes out December 7th.