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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has been leaked -By Fsk

Nintendo Switch blockbuster The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has been ripped and uploaded to the internet, with pirated copies now passed around, and extensive sections of footage streamed and uploaded.

Yesterday, Twitch and Discord streams showing footage of the game were available to watch, two weeks past the game’s official launch date, before eventually going offline.

It is not clear where the leak originated, or how many copies have been made available. But while a small number of physical copies appearing in the wild may be a headache for Nintendo, the fact that games have been pirated to share and play on PC is much more of a nightmare.

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The images and video seen by Eurogamer show off extensive sections of the game, and several elements Nintendo has decided to keep under wraps to avoid spoiling Tears of the Kingdom’s story.

(For anyone who wants a completely spoiler-free experience next week, now’s the time to avoid social media.)

Nintendo game leaks are nothing new, and upcoming titles often find their way onto illegal file sharing sites. But the early nature of this leak has raised questions about where these copies originated.

Two weeks after release, hundreds of thousands of physical copies are now waiting in distribution centers and warehouses around the world, before being shipped to retailers.

Yesterday, there was a physical copy of the game enlisted Listed for $300 on US resale site Mercari. This listing has now been removed.

The full game being leaked follows an earlier kerfuffle over images from an official art book for the game. After the images were uploaded to their forum, Nintendo lawyers were seeking to compel Discord to reveal the identity of the leaker.

In 2021, two Pokémon fans leaked details of the then-unreleased Pokémon Sword and Shield through images taken from a strategy guide book. Lawyers for The Pokémon Company swooped in, and eventually settled with the pair for an eye-watering $300k to cover damages, attorney fees, and other costs.

Eurogamer has contacted Nintendo for comment today.

Last month, Nintendo raised eyebrows with its admission it still employs its controversial Russian boss Yasha Hadadzhi, and was doing business with its side-company, which previously imported copies of Nintendo Swith games into the country. , Nintendo’s official sales ban was eased.