Nintendo went on the prowl late last year when a slew of leaks for Pokémon Sword and Shield revealed much of the games’ content ahead of launch, and now, they have publically identified FNintendo as the website responsible for the myriad premature content reveals. Nintendo will no longer work with the writer or the website in the future. In a statement sent to VGC, Nintendo stated that the reviewer and FNintendo mishandled materials for the games, and asserted their goal of protecting their intellectual property and preserving surprises for players.
“Both he and FNintendo failed to handle confidential material, resulting in a clear breach of the confidentiality agreement between Nintendo and the media outlet. As a result, Nintendo will no longer work with FNintendo.
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.
To surprise and delight players through new experiences is a shared passion for Nintendo and The Pokémon Company. We will pursue all avenues to preserve surprises for players of future Pokémon titles.”
Pokémon Sword and Shield leaks made a ton of noise last year, not only thwarting many of Nintendo and Game Freak’s promotional plans, but also casting many aspects of the games in a poor light. Their response to FNintendo is harsh, but signals very clearly that Nintendo is not messing around.