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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 Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.


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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.