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Pokemon Sword and Shield leaker outed: How will it affect future games?

Published: 11/Feb/2020 16:16

by Paul Cot


Following the Pokemon Sword and Shield leaks ahead of the game’s release in November 2019, Nintendo have outed the publication responsible. The question is though, how will this affect the build up to future Pokemon games?

The publisher in question is FNintendo, a relatively small website from Portugal. As a result Nintendo and the Pokemon Company have unsurprisingly severed all ties with them.

Pokemon Company and Nintendo statement

Both Nintendo and the Pokemon Company released a joint statement addressing the news: “In early November, Nintendo identified a number of photographs taken from game play that revealed multiple new and unannounced Pokémon from Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. These photographs had been posted online and Nintendo, together with The Pokémon Company, quickly identified the person responsible for these leaks, and took immediate action.”

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The Pokemon Company / Emoji
Even despite the steps currently in place, the infamous Pokemon Sword and Shield leaks still got out…

The statement goes on to reveal FNintendo received an early copy of Pokemon Sword and Shield for review purposes. As a result of the publication actually being sent an early copy, they had to sign a confidentiality agreement, which they broke.

The statement concluded by saying: “Nintendo will always protect its intellectual property and brands. Leaks hurt not just Nintendo, but the thousands of employees who work hard to bring games to market, and the millions of fans around the world who look forward to news and surprises.”

FNintendo respond

It will come as no surprise that Nintendo already have strict steps in place to prevent leaks from surfacing. Unfortunately for them though, it didn’t stop this particular leak. Given the breach of confidentiality it’s clear this would have been difficult to avoid, however.

In response to the statement, FNintendo released their own: “We fully respect Nintendo’s decision to cancel the confidentiality agreement between our companies as a result of this breach of trust, and accept that we will no longer receive products from Nintendo, nor will we be invited to attend their events.” You can read the statement in its entirety here.

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Pokemon Company
Pokemon Sword and Shield released on November 15, and the leaks came shortly before that.

How will this affect future Pokemon releases?

The morality of leaks is a hotly contested subject. There’s also a divide between gamers as to whether they are beneficial, too.

While some players enjoy getting the game’s information ahead of time, there are others who get upset by them as they ruin the game ahead of time. The leaks take away many surprises a lot of players crave so they are an understandable bone of contention.

One player shared this sentiment saying: “I absolutely loved the mystery of discovering all the new mons this gen.” He went on to say that the suppression of information was a potential factor in the apparent desperation to find the leaks before it released.

This latest saga will only lessen the chances of leaks ahead of whatever the next Pokemon game will be. Not only will Nintendo be more cautious but publications which do have access of the game’s content ahead of time will also be far more hesitant to reveal any details.

It’s a shame for the teams behind Pokemon Sword and Shield as they clearly put a lot of effort into leaving as many surprises as possible. There were complaints in the build up to Pokemon Sun and Moon that too much was revealed ahead of the release.

Fortunately for trainers who are looking to the Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra Pokemon Sword and Shield expansions, leaks ahead of these are less likely. This is because it’s far more difficult to send out review copies ahead of time as it is download only.

We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out ahead of the 2020 Pokemon game (if there even is one). Rest assured, though, Nintendo and the Pokemon Company will have stricter protocols in place and websites will be more reluctant than ever following the publicity of this latest fiasco.


Pokemon community stunned after card collection worth millions surfaces

Published: 27/Nov/2020 21:06

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Trading Card Game hobby was rocked in November when a man rediscovered his mind-blowing complete collection of the rare 1999 Base Set. The fan has stacks of every character, including hundreds of Charizards.

Despite releasing decades ago, the Pokemon TCG has seen a major explosion in value in 2020. Cards once traded on playgrounds and stuffed into 90s children’s binders are now selling for as much as a sports car. 

A man went viral after discovering their collection may be one of the most complete sets to ever exist. The fan’s unfathomable amount of rare collectibles could actually have an impact on the future of the hobby’s prices.

Screenshot of Pokemon Trading Card Game collection worth millions.
YouTube: PokeMans Alex
A jaw-dropping Pokemon card collection surfaced on YouTube.

Pokemon fan discovers TCG collection is worth millions

Pokemon cards have never been more popular this year as the collectible hobby has now even taken over platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. Celebrities such as former rapper Logic are dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars to scoop up the rare Nintendo items. 

On November 22, a video went viral online of a man showing off his mind-blowing collection that has many collectors turning their heads. “Literally got all of my Pokemons stuff out of the loft from my recent move,” YouTuber PokeMans Alex explained before showing off his astonishing collection.

Holding up a stack of rare holographic cards from the 1999 base set, the fan exclaimed, “As you can see they are mint, and have not been touched for so long.” The TCG collector then revealed his unprecedented number of Charizards. “I don’t know if you are ready for this,” he warned, before holding up a stack of 111 cards of the rare starter ‘mon.

(Charizard cards start at 07:56)

To put that into perspective, in October a PSA graded 10 of the same item is now selling for $30k alone. The content creator emptied over seven binders on his table to reveal a 1999 base set that was not only complete, but also had stacks of over 50 of the same card for every single character.“I’m ready to put all of these away back in the safe where they are now gonna stay,” he said.

Veteran Pokemon card YouTuber PokeRev reacted to the video on November 26 and exclaimed, “Did you open all these packs as a kid? It’s just an insane amount of holo cards. When we were kids, just to get a couple holos from the base set was really good. But to have thousands is insane!”

Other famous collectors such as British rapper Randolph commented, “Unreal mate.” Gaming YouTuber Ali A wrote, “How did you originally collect SO many cards!? Are you looking to sell any of them?”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to million dollar Pokemon card collection.
Other famous Pokemon collectors took notice of the insane set.

At the time of writing, it’s unclear just how much the YouTuber’s incredible Pokemon haul is worth. None of the collectibles have actually been looked at by professional grading companies PSA or Beckett. And the majority of its value revolves around its condition and score.

A set of this magnitude is unprecedented and could have a severe impact on what TCG cards are worth in the future. A big factor in an item’s selling price hinges on it having a low population. PokeMans Alex’s collection could soon flood the market should he decide to get things graded.