In short, a YouTuber (not named) leaked a recent 3DS game. Nintendo downloaded said leak, discovered exactly who the leaker was, and instead of going after them… they made a company wide policy change at Nintendo of America which made it nearly impossible for YouTubers and smaller media outlets to get their hands on review copies of games.
This obviously includes us, a YouTube entity and a small media outlet. We cover the whole story in the video above, and you can go over to US Gamer and read their report, as they broke the news using many different sources.
As for my thoughts on this as an outlet affected by this policy change: It really sucks that the minority ruin it for the whole. I’ve gotten review copies in the past during my 8 years at Zelda Informer and the NDA’s and other such contracts in place on these games are pretty clear. You cannot leak games. I don’t really know why any outlet fortunate enough to get a copy would. I can see a fan getting a copy that “fell off a truck” doing it, but as a privileged member of the media lucky enough to get a copy (it wasn’t easy as is)… thanks for ruining it for us, killing any chance we had at doing game reviews in a timely fashion when people will care about them.
Heck, it hurts our pre-release coverage. This just sucks.