An interesting story came out today and it turns out the “leakers” we’ve been hearing about for months could be faking it. If you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the Nintendo Switch “leaks”. It seems every day there is a new “leak”. I have questioned the credibility of those leaks already as well as Laura Dale’s credibility, who seems to be at the forefront of all these leaks. But recent comments by the “leakers” may show that the whole thing was a sham.
Before going toward with the new development, let’s recap. On November 16, 2016, Laura Dale claimed on her site that Zelda would not be released in March. In her own words:
Following recent reports that Zelda: Breath of the Wild would miss the Switch’s March launch, we have not only heard the same information independently, but also that the Wii U version is not going to hit the previously expected launch date either. We have heard that, even though the game will not launch until several months into the Switch’s lifespan, Nintendo still plans to release a Wii U version of the game.
On December 31, 2016, advertisements for the Nintendo Switch featured The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. NintendoLife reports that the ads states that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is on track for a March 2017 release. On January 2, 2017, Laura Dale retracted her original claim and is now saying the game is “100% coming at Switch launch in North America at launch.” (you can see her tweet below). As I mentioned in the prior post, this put the credibility of the rumor into question as she has now presented conflicting information.
However, the leakers seem to be backpedaling once again. With a little less than 48 hours before the event, Liam Robinson (who also has a reputation for being wrong and claiming he has inside information) is now claiming that the Rabbids Mario crossover game might not be shown at the Nintendo Switch Presentation. The reason: to “give it more development time.” Video game companies have shown unfinished games all the time at major press events and trade shows, so the game not appearing for more polish is absurd. This is also in spite of the fact that the rumor has been pushed for the last few months with many, including Laura Dale, saying you should expect the game on launch day. She even claimed that they will have a playable demo for press in January and would be a “cornerstone trailer” when Nintendo unveils the system.
Nintendo Directs have never leaked and E3 press conferences rarely do. Yet Liam Robinson and Laura Dale knows what’s going to be shown at the event. Laura Dale was even claiming the trailer was going to be “cornerstone” almost two months before the event. It should also be noted that Liam and Laura both live in the UK.
Here’s my take on what is going on her. The Mario Rabbids crossover was never real and these tweets are trying to save face. When the game doesn’t appear, they will say how it was “pulled for more polish.” They will then either hope everyone has forgotten in a few months or they’ll claimed its canceled due to “technical issues.” The timing of these changes are uncanny. Laura changes her Zelda rumor days after the ads came out, and Liam is saying the Mario Rabbids game might not be shown with less than 36 hours before the event. This is also in spite how Laura was claiming it was a major launch game. The speed at which these “leakers” get new information is astonishing and calls their credibility into serious question.
This recent event could be the nail in the coffin for the leakers and the event could expose them as a hoax. The Rabbids rumor would be a disaster for them if it doesn’t come true. This was a rumor that they have been pushing as real and it not showing up at the Nintendo Switch would expose the lie. This may be a way to shift the blame. We’ll find out more tomorrow night.