Nintendo Confirms Switch Units Stolen From Distributor

Last week, you may have caught wind of an earlier-than-expected shipment of a Nintendo Switch console to Neogaf user hiphoptherobot. In his words, his unit had arrived from a retailer two weeks in advance of the March 3rd launch.

This premature purchase gave the world its first unboxing of the system (in a very straightforward package compared to the Wii U), and a powering up of the system. The operating system and system settings show that you’ll have access to changeable backgrounds, parental controls, an airplane mode, and the full suite of user icons. We also have a confirmation that Mii creation has been segregated into system settings and no longer has its own app.

This past weekend, it was revealed that the Switch was one of several stolen from a distribution center. Nintendo confirmed the situation in a 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.

Hiphoptherobot explained his situation to Neogaf in similar terms, coming clean that his Switch was not obtained in the most legal of ways.

“Well I am a barista and we dont usually carry Nintendo products at the cafe. And I am sure it is frustrating that I cant share more details but I am not sure what I can or cant share. For the sake of clarification I will say that I don’t think the person I got it from knew and therefore I certainly didn’t know but somewhere down the chain some switches had “mysteriously disappeared”. So while it was unknown to me, once I found out that it had probably been stolen I did’t feel comfortable keeping it.”

We at Always Nintendo held off on reporting the story as the content that came out of the leak was seemingly in poor taste with respect to Nintendo’s embargos. At your own discretion, the videos of the Switch unboxing and set-up are linked in the story. Official channels should have their own, official unboxings later this week and into the next, as the Switch prepares for its worldwide March 3rd launch.

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