The Thanksgiving weekend hasn't been kind to Nintendo and fans excited for the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which doesn't launch until December 7. The full game was stolen, either directly or through illegal retail backchannels, leading to leaks of the game's Spirits, music, and World of Light story details. Making matters worse, the full retail copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has since been uploaded online. Nintendo has had little choice but to begin retaliating.
The ways in which Nintendo is countering piracy efforts are certain to be myriad, involving any number of DMCAs and legal threats that the public will never be made aware of. However, there is one source of information that's at least somewhat transparent: YouTube. It's being reported that Nintendo is aggressively targeting YouTube accounts that upload Super Smash Bros. Ultimate content, vigorously dropping copyright strikes.
I have also been copyright striked and the Dystifyzer YouTube channel will be deleted in 7 days. I knew the risks when uploading a soundtrack 2 weeks early, but I didn't want to be left behind other uploaders. Tough luck.— Dystify Music (@DystifyMusic) November 25, 2018
Two YouTubers in particular, Crunchii and Dystifyzer, have spoken publicly about receiving copyright strikes on their accounts after uploading music tracks from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Considering the number of tracks uploaded on each account, both received well over the required number of strikes that will result in their accounts being closed permanently. Crunchii specifically says they received over 20 strikes and that they expect more soon. Dystifyzer followed up, saying that he, "totally understand's Nintendo's decision," but felt compelled to upload the music given the "opportunity" it presented.
Crunchii and Dystifyzer likely aren't the only two YouTubers to have been struck by Nintendo copyrights, and they certainly aren't the last. But they do serve as an example of just how upset Nintendo is about the given situation. Both YouTubers have a long history of uploading Nintendo-related content without being hit with strikes. And the reality is that in a week and a half all of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's music is likely to be uploaded by different accounts without any consequence.
For patient fans awaiting the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, stay calm but wary. Nothing about the game's launch has changed in the slightest. It's still worth knowing that there are leaked copies of the game online and many, many spoilers being posted on social media. Just hold out a little while longer.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases December 7 exclusively on Nintendo Switch.
Source: Nintendo Insider