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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl leaks have flooded the internet

Watch out, trainers! Two weeks before their official release, spoilers for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl have leaked on the internet.

Warning: mild spoilers for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl below.

When the Pokémon Company said you’ve “gotta catch ‘em all!”, they didn’t mean like this.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl
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The latest additions to the multi-billion-dollar Pokémon franchise’s gaming catalogue have just had some of their content leak online. The new information has sent fans into a frenzy, with many poring over screenshots and videos online.

As reported by Kotaku Australia, the YouTube channel Poiter’s basket uploaded videos showing a variety of moments including gym battles and an encounter with the games’ villains, Team Galactic.

Arguably the footage with the most information is a 5-minute, 47-second video that shows a gym battle, map, and some of the in-game menu.

Specifically, it shows the player as Lucas – the male protagonist from the 2006 Diamond and Pearl games – requesting and participating in a battle against the fighting-type gym leader Maylene of Veilstone City. Longtime fans are sure to notice a massive difference between the old and new versions of the game.

Battles will look and feel like they do in 2019’s Pokémon Sword and Shield, rather than the 2D pixels of yesteryear. Also, the games’ music is speculated to be updated soon after its release.

Twitter user @CentroLeaks has filled their account with images and GIFs of moments from throughout the game. Notable updates they’ve highlighted include; “different cr[ies] when fainting”, new models/animations for Pokémon, and the translation of the games’ original 2D look into 3D.

But Poiter’s basket and @CentroLeaks aren’t the only ones eager to share their newfound knowledge with others. According to Nintendolife.com, the PokeLeaks subreddit has been a haven for spoilers with a few posts having been taken down already. However, plenty more have come in to replace them.

This latest breach is another notch on Nintendo’s belt for lawsuits issued in the past few years.

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A notable case was David Maisonave and Bryan Cruz who were ordered to pay “$150,000 each in monetary damages, attorneys’ fees and costs”. Maisonave worked for LSC Communications – the printing company hired to print Sword and Shield’s official strategy guide.

After taking spoiler-filled pictures of the book, Maisonave shared them with a friend “who then posted them in a Discord group of which… Cruz was a member”. Cruz then shared the pictures online.

As of now, neither Game Freak, Nintendo, or the Pokémon Company have commented on the leaks.