Pokémon Legends Arceus
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Pokémon Legends: Arceus has already been leaked and datamined this week, and now it appears entire playthroughs of the game are being streamed on Twitch and uploaded to YouTube.

As highlighted by My Nintendo News, these channels are likely running ROM versions via emulation after some trainers were able to obtain physical copies early and dump the game files on the internet.

"It seems as though a few people who received the game early have uploaded the game to illegal ROM sites, which means that Pokemon Legends: Arceus is now playable via an emulator. Some of those who have downloaded the ROMs have been freely live streaming the game on Twitch and as I type there are people online playing through it and streaming the full game to a small number of viewers."

We had a look ourselves and can confirm it's all true. In one session on Twitch, a trainer had a full party of Pokémon at around the level 50 mark. These individuals are powering through the game, and at this rate will likely be done with it before the new entry is officially released. Most of these channels have a small number of followers and are showcasing the game to only a handful of viewers.

Over on YouTube, we've also found plenty of playthroughs - one video had already accumulated close to 90k views - taking viewers through the first section of the game. There's even more information and footage of the game popping up on platforms like Reddit and Twitter.

Unfortunately, this isn't the first thing we've seen something like this - the same thing happened last November to the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes.

[source mynintendonews.com]