Super Smash Bros. Latest it will not be released until December 7, but it is already in the hands of some players. The pirates ripped and uploaded files from an early copy over the weekend, and as is often the case with pre-release leaks, previously unrevealed information is now proliferating online, and neither fans nor Nintendo have it.
The company is rapidly sending out notifications to YouTubers that have uploaded footage or music clips, but what's bigger for the community is that these details remain in nature. This has created a wave of spoiler warnings on Twitter, Reddit and Discord, combined with users expressing disgust and outrage at anyone who dares to ruin the experience ahead of time, much less to them.
But this aversion to spoilers is not exclusive to this leak. For many fans, when it comes to Smash Bros., all information is sacred, only to be sent directly from Masahiro Sakurai and Nintendo. And as several Super Smash Bros. fans and members of these communities tell Polygon, shout "Spoilers!" About a fighting game whose full list and other details were officially announced before the launch is not too dramatic, it is the respectful response.
"A spoiler to the average person who has been following Smash Bros. Ultimate It is likely to be different from other games, "he said. Stealth, a self-proclaimed "super fan of Nintendo" that has been actively tweeting in protest of sharing filtered information of the game. "The Nintendo themselves let us know in which stages and the list of players, because they are great points of sale, but many aspects of the game were hidden so that we would discover them when the game is launched."
These include how and when to unlock playable characters, as well as the total number of spirits and music tracks in the game. More importantly, the pirates have leaked details about the World of Light Adventure mode. This is the closest that Super Smash Bros. has had to a story since Super smash bros brawl, and the fans want to enter with a clean slate.
Leakers, however, are making that difficult.
"It's been more than 10 years since Smash had a story, and it's something that players want to savor on their own," said Soulseer, moderator of the Super Smash Bros. Discord server and competitive Smash player. "They want the experience to be intact and to discover things as they go, and when that ruins many of them, they feel they were robbed of an experience for which they potentially waited a decade."
"Angry people generally want to have most of the game as a new experience," added Aedan "Azantix" Payne, another moderator. "I heard it was compared to reading the last page of a book before it started," it ruins "the whole reading."
The Discordia is full of such "angry characters", like Twitter and the threads of the forums, especially when people enter and throw those spoilers. A fan of Smash in the ResetEra forum, published on Monday after the pirated copies were put online, described the dissemination of information as "disgusting" and tries to prevent the spoilers of the stories from being "absolutely exhausting."
However, World of Light is a much lighter story mode than Brawl's subspace emissary. So, while the cut scenes that would have been a pleasant surprise in the game are affecting YouTube without context, it can be difficult for outsiders to feel sympathy for the gaming community. This is doubly true when Sakurai and the team revealed each fighter, most stages and many ways ahead of time.
Even the news of the Nintendo Direct presentations can be considered "spoilers" by some fans, and that's on the line, Soulseer said.
"I think it's a strange thing when people try to avoid information about a game that comes from an official source, especially the fighting games where it's important to get as much information as possible out of the story to really know if you want to buy the game". I think some people want to be surprised with all aspects of the game, but I really do not think it's fair, since no one can argue about the game around you without walking a tightrope. "
But the frustration goes beyond the desire to enter the game blindly. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate It is another project that consumes a lot of time for Masahiro Sakurai, the director of the franchise who has often talked about how much of his life revolves around the development of games. In following interviews LatestIn the great breakdown of E3, Sakurai spoke about her distaste for the leaks and her gratitude for the fact that nothing from the last Smash Bros. had left early.
Sakurai devotees make up a large number of the aversa spoiler community, according to fans.
"While it is true that this game could sell millions and millions of copies, and the loss of sales from this early piracy might not be too shocking," Stealth said. "I think the love that fans have for Sakurai and his team, the idea that people are not legitimately supporting that work, are actively trying to spoil the game for those of us who are waiting to buy it on 12/7 is pretty discouraging. "
"Another thought that people have is about the people who make the game, who spend a lot of time developing it and slowly revealing it, to get people excited," Azantix echoed. "When it leaks, all that is wasted, I would say it."
Is it a waste? The idea of spoilers when it comes to the media is so complicated: knowing what music tracks are in a game before playing decreases the experience? Or, more importantly, the pace of the history of a single-player campaign in a multiplayer fighting game?
Skin of the popular. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate News from the Twitter account do not believe it
"I like to think that, like other fighting games, Super Smash Bros. is a gaming experience that is not really hampered or negatively affected by spoilers," they said. "At the end of the day, most people will end up playing and enjoying this game for the game and the large number of iconic video game characters that it presents. I think one of the core elements of Super Smash Bros. has always been to have fun competing with your friends and family, and I do not think that is something that can really "spoil".