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Pokémon has a leak problem

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl won’t be available until next week, but the long-awaited remakes have already leaked as the retail copies are released early. This is nothing new to The Pokémon Company, which has faced multiple leaks in the past few years. From the huge Pokémon Sword and Shield backlash to that new diamond and pearl leak, it’s safe to say that the Pokémon series has a noticeable problem keeping information under wraps.

As reported by VGC over the weekend, a Reddit user posted that he had received a North American copy of the upcoming Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. The post has since been removed, but pictures and videos of the games are circulating on Twitter.

Leaks for upcoming Pokémon Switch games

The Gen 4 remakes were first revealed in February. However, just a few days before the official announcement, leakers Centro Pokemon said fans would soon get the “big news” they’ve been waiting for, along with pictures of Dialga and Palkia from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. The leak was found to be true when Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl were revealed shortly thereafter.

In the same presentation in February, Pokémon: Legends Arceus was also revealed. However, on the morning of the presentation, the game was leaked, with clips from the trailer floating around on Twitter along with Twitter Descriptions of the game.

The Pokémon Swords and Shields saga

Even further back, Pokémon games had a tendency to seep, which led to their release as well as their announcements.

The best-known example is the 2019 Pokémon Sword and Shield, which suffered a handful of leaks prior to its release, followed by lengthy legal prosecution. Months before the release, a leak popped up that contained many of the true elements of the last few games, including Team Yell, rival names, regional developments, and more.

Then the firestorm started in early November 2019, just before the games were released. A list of sword and shield leaks detailing the Galar region’s Pokédex, Gigantamax Shapes, Galar Shapes, and more. We already knew select Pokémon from previous generations wouldn’t return to Sword and Shield, but those leaks fueled the fire of outrage and backlash from “Dexit” on social media.

Shortly after the release, lawyers from The Pokémon Company began looking for the sword and shield leaks. The lawyers said the leaks caused the Pokémon Company an “irreparable harm” in marketing the game. The Pokémon Company later initiated a lawsuit against the leakers. Finally, in February 2020, Nintendo disconnected from one game publication after one when their reviewers leaked images of Sword and Shield. All in all, the sword and shield incident was one of the biggest leaks of 2019.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus Screenshots

More Switch and 3DS Pokémon Leaks

Even further back, Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee leaked right before their official reveal at E3 2018, while Pokémon Sun and Moon of 2016 were concerned with leaks ahead of their release, as the exclusive versions showed up just a week before it was released.

As is so often the case, not all leaks have turned out to be true. Shortly after the Sun and Moon was released, it was rumored that Pokémon Stars would be coming to Nintendo Switch, a third version of the Alolan adventure. It turned out to be Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon on 3DS, however, since the first Pokémon games the Switch got were Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee. A trademark for Pokémon Delta Emerald also appeared, but it never became.

And now, possibly due to all of the repeated cases of leaked Pokémon games, Nintendo is notorious for strict review copy distribution and complex embargo restrictions. Despite their best efforts to plug the leaks, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl have become yet another example of information being released before it should.

Fans are already reacting to the leaks, with some complain about what you’ve seen so far while others make fun of them at the idea of ​​spoilers for a remake of a 15 year old game. Still, it won’t be long before Pokémon fans can try the remakes for themselves, with Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl coming out next Friday.

While you wait for the official release, check out our preview of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond where we call the remakes “The Old School Pokémon Games We Missed”.

Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.

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