The highly anticipated Nintendo Switch remakes of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl are almost here, with an official launch date set for 19th November. Although that’s still almost two weeks away, some lucky fans have managed to already get their hands on the games. Retailers have begun receiving their shipments of physical copies, resulting in a few instances of foul play and unauthorized early sales.
Over on the /r/PokeLeaks subreddit earlier today, a since deleted Reddit account posted three images and video footage of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, claiming in the post’s title that they “got it early” without elaborating further as to exactly how. It is unknown why the account, along with the posts, have been deleted. One possibility is that they received a DMCA takedown request from Nintendo, but it seems more likely that the user took it down themselves, trying to avoid potential legal trouble due to the amount of traction the post was receiving.
A few days prior to the aforementioned footage being leaked, a different Reddit user from Australia shared an image of an advertising display at their place of work for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. They claimed that copies of the games have already arrived at the store, and were being locked away in the back room. After trying to purchase one early, they were told that they could lose their job for breaking the street date, so they decided against it. Other retail workers in North America apparently weren’t as cautious however, as Pokémon Brilliant Diamond box-art images have started to leak on both Twitter and 4chan.
More leaks are bound to happen within the coming days, so make sure to be careful online if you want to avoid any spoilers.