Nintendo’s new Mario Party game has been leaked onto the internet nearly a week ahead of its official street date.
This weekend Mario Party Superstars – officially out on October 29 – is being actively shared online via social media sites, VGC can confirm, as well as images showing previously unannounced content from the game.
The leaks will no doubt frustrate the platform holder, which has a notoriously strong stance against piracy of its software.
In August Nintendo successfully obtained a permanent injunction against a ROM website it had defeated in a £2 million lawsuit, after believing its owner was planning to relaunch the site.
The Switch firm successfully sued pirate site ROMUniverse in May, after arguing that its owner Matthew Storman uploaded and distributed pirated Nintendo games, and profited from mass-scale copyright infringement by charging paid subscriptions.
Mario Party Superstars is set to include over 100 mini-games taken from the ten previous mainline games in the series.
Mario Party Superstars will include five boards from the N64 games, including Peach’s Birthday Cake board from the original Mario Party game and the Space Land board, plus 100 mini-games from across the series.
Nintendo says all mini-games are played with button controls and all game modes will work with online play, which supports up to four players.
“Whether you are saving up coins for stars in board game mode or practicing in free play, there is nothing quite like being the last one standing in Mushroom Mix-Up or Shy Guy Says,” reads the product description on the Nintendo eShop.
“Matches with friends in board game mode save each turn, so feel free to take a break and pick up where you left off. Use stickers to praise or pester fellow players as you race across the board collecting stars.”