Super Mario Bros Wonder Has Leaked Online, Already Playable On Steam Deck
Super Mario Bros Wonder appears to have leaked online and playable on emulators even though the game is not launching until next week.
A leaked digital copy of the game was on various privacy websites just as the weekend started. It marks a significant leak for one of the most anticipated games for the Nintendo Switch. This is not the first time a major game has leaked this way. Previously, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, which ended up becoming of the fastest-selling games for Nintendo, was leaked almost two weeks before its official launch.
Super Mario Bros Wonder marks the first time a major 2D Mario platformer has been released on the Nintendo Switch. It also features new gameplay elements like Elephant Mario and stages with Wonder Seeds to collect. The game is currently scheduled to launch on October 20 but thanks to the digital copy leaked online, it is possible for anyone to download and play it, either on a homebrew Nintendo Switch or on their PC with an emulator.
The game also appears to run on the Steam Deck with videos showing it being perfectly playable. All of this might frustrate Nintendo who has maintained a strong stance towards emulation.
It remains unknown how such an early copy made its way online but Nintendo usually sends review copies to the press earlier. It is also possible that a retail copy has been sold earlier and then dumped online. Whatever the case, this won’t do much for the game sales as we saw the same happen after the leaked copy of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
Super Mario Bros. Wonder will be available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch on October 20. The game will feature a new voiceover for Mario and Luigi, confirmed to be Keven Afghani.