Avoiding major spoilers for Super Mario Odyssey is becoming harder and harder with each passing day; there have been several reports of stores breaking the street date of the game and more than a few members of the public have now received their copies earlier than planned. Some players are seizing the opportunity for their fifteen minutes of fame by uploading every little detail about the game online and Nintendo has, perhaps unsurprisingly, taken some pretty serious action.
One such case is a YouTube user from Hong Kong who decided to live stream the game for a whole hour. Nintendo seems to have swooped in rather swiftly; all videos by the user that contained footage of the game have been entirely removed from the site and he has been banned from accessing his account for three months. Apparently the streamer in question received his copy of the game early, and legitimately, from a retailer who released its allocated copies early.
This makes the situation all the more interesting; by receiving a legitimate retail copy from a store, the YouTube user is technically under no obligation to not talk about, or show, the game's content. Whilst Nintendo are infamously strict when it comes to what is, or isn't, allowed to be uploaded to the site, it is clear that the severity of this particular punishment is centred around the fact that Odyssey is still yet to be released.
Of course, official media outlets who receive early copies of games such as this will agree to embargo terms, ensuring that Nintendo has control over which details about the game are, and aren't, shown to the public before release. As the streamer has supposedly received a real, retail copy, however, it might seem like a rather harsh punishment; some might say that stores releasing copies of the game early should be more to blame as they will be breaching part of a contract in order to do so.
Either way, if you're hoping to avoid any spoilers of the game yourself before its release, make sure to be careful when browsing online over the next few days - there will be nothing of the sort here on Nintendo Life so you are safe here! Until then, what are your thoughts on Nintendo's actions in this case - too harsh, or completely justified? Let us know your (spoiler free) thoughts in the comments.