Early Nintendo Switch were actually stolen and illegally resold

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Last Thursday, a NeoGAF user claimed that he had received his Nintendo Switch two weeks earlier than expected. Now, a couple of days later, Nintendo talked about the situation and mentioned that this systems were stolen by employees of a distributor in the United States.


This afternoon, Hiphoptherobot, the NeoGAF user who got the Switch console, mentioned that he had sent his console back to Nintendo, two days after revealing system features. Without giving much explanation, everyone began to think that the company had forced him to return the console. However, at a later time he mentioned that, in fact, the product was stolen.

“I understand why they want it back and it sounds like that Switch might have been obtained in not the legalist of ways before I received it so them wanting it back is within their rights,” the user confessed on NeoGAF. He also explained that he had no idea that the system was stolen until after the videos were made; when he knew the truth, he decided to return it to Nintendo.

On the other hand, Nintendo communicated with IGN to give its part of the history, mentioning that, indeed, several consoles had been stolen.

“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.”

We remind you that there is less than 2 weeks to launch the Nintendo Switch, which will be available in the next month on March 3.