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Nintendo take action against Pokemon Sword and Shield leaks

Published: 6/Nov/2019 15:37 Updated: 6/Nov/2019 16:18

by Paul Cot


Nintendo have taken strong action to combat comprehensive leaks for Pokemon Sword and Shield, after many key details of the game’s story were revealed just days before release.

A batch of leaks, including everything from new Pokemon to how the Sword and Shield story will play out, surfaced on November 2. These leaks remained online for a good couple of days but the game’s developers have now moved to have many of them taken down.

Such strong measures taken to hide what many believed to be potentially leaked information would suggest that there was some truth to them. The steps taken should hardly comes as a surprise, given the game is just days away from releasing.

Twitter leak images removed

Several Twitter accounts had their posted images removed, being replaced with the message: “Media not displayed. This image has been removed in response to a report from the copyright holder.”

One of the more prominent leakers, Centro Pokemon Leaks, were among the accounts to be hit. They have tried to work around this, however, by retweeting smaller accounts which share the images after they provide clues about where to find them. 

They have also used Imgur as an alternative place to upload images, but such leaks have even been removed there.

Centro also shared further details of the takedown notice with the copyright owner being listed as Nintendo of America Inc. “Looks like Nintendo has deleted almost all images posted by this account, RIP.”

Copyright strikes for YouTubers

Twitter wasn’t the only social platform hit, though. One Pokemon YouTuber also received a copyright strike for covering the leaks. 

RuffledRowlit was one of many to cover them, but he was the only to receive a strike. A copyright strike is bad news for YouTubers because if they were to get three of them then their channel may be deleted.

This prompted other Pokemon YouTubers, such as Austin John Plays and Verlisify, to remove their videos in order to prevent the same from happening to them. Austin John Plays shared the following: “Based on everything going on I’ve decided to delete all of those videos,” referring to his Pokemon Sword and Shield leak videos.

The leaks have well and truly made their way around the Pokemon community already, although Nintendo are still trying to contain them. Hopefully those who wanted to avoid them did just that.

It will be interesting to see if more Pokemon Sword and Shield leaks surface between now and November 15, when the game releases. 


Pokemon releases Pikachu ASMR and fans are loving it

Published: 4/Dec/2020 20:41 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 20:47

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Company surprised fans on December 3 with a special ASMR video hosted by Pikachu. The odd YouTube upload went viral after players of the Nintendo RPG couldn’t get enough of it.

Pokemon made its debut in 1996 and quickly took the world by storm. Decades later, the Nintendo property has surpassed titans such as Disney and Marvel to become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time. From cards to t-shirts, consumers can’t get enough of the beloved series.

On December 3, fans were surprised when the series’ mascot, Pikachu, hosted an ASMR video. Players unfamiliar with the audio phenomena that has swept YouTube and Twitch found themselves surprised by how much the Electric-type’s sounds made them feel relaxed.

Screenshot of Snorlax sleeping in the Pokemon anime.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Pokemon fans can now lay back like Snorlax with Pikachu ASMR.

Pikachu relaxes Pokemon fans with ASMR

ASMR, which stands for auto sensory meridian response, is a phenomenon where certain sound frequencies cause listeners to get tingles or chills. The category has exploded on sites like YouTube where millions tune in to watch personalities whisper into a mic – yeah, it sounds weird on paper.

Now, The Pokemon Company has shared their own take on the medium by releasing an upload that features lovable mascot Pikachu. Despite only being out mere hours at the time of writing, the video has racked up over 369k views.

For over 15 minutes, the Gen I character interacts with objects around the room, while also shuffling and rolling across the floor.  The adorable ‘mon even whispers its iconic “Pika Pika” catchphrase from various angles.

Despite not being the usual content the Pokemon community expects, fans absolutely loved it. One user exclaimed, “I never knew I needed a Pikachu ASMR!” Another viewer agreed and wrote, “The comfiest thing I have ever heard.” Some even wanted more ASMR content featuring other Pokemon: “I need the Eevee version of this.”

Pokemon fans comment on ASMR Pikachu YouTube upload.
Fans absolutely love the video.

While ASMR isn’t for everyone, the unexpected Pikachu video has been a major hit with the community. Maybe Nintendo was actually onto something big with their Pokemon Sleep project after all.

Despite releasing over two decades ago, the Game Freak franchise has never been more popular. Fans have a lot to be excited for as the series will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2021, with many surprises to come.