Sunday February 19, 2017

Early Nintendo Switch Consoles Were Actually Stolen

An unboxing video and footage of the Switch’s UI were uploaded earlier this week by one lucky gamer who managed to snag the system two weeks before release. Many assumed it was the result of your typical retail slip-up, but Nintendo has revealed that the units were actually pilfered and sold by employees. While the system has been returned to Nintendo, the leaked materials are still up for anyone to watch.

A Nintendo representative provided the following statement to IGN: "Earlier this week, individuals claimed to prematurely purchase a small number of Nintendo Switch systems from an unspecified retailer. Nintendo has determined these units were stolen in an isolated incident by employees of a U.S. distributor, with one system being illegally resold. The individuals involved have been identified, terminated from their place of employment and are under investigation by local law enforcement authorities on criminal charges. Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on March 3, 2017, and we look forward to everyone being able to discover the wonders of the new system for themselves at that time."