Nintendo Says Early Switch Systems Were Stolen And Then Illegally Resold


NeoGAF user hiphoptherobot recently sent the gaming world into a frenzy when he showed off some leaked images of Nintendo’s upcoming console Switch.

He claims that a retailer shipped him a pre-order weeks ahead of its 3rd March release date. Since then FloKO has also uploaded a video where he has unboxed a Nintendo Switch , and has tried to give a complete analysis by diving into the system menus.

Now Nintendo has confirmed that the Switch systems that have appeared in the market were stolen from a US distributor partner . In a statement to IGN Nintendo has said that the people responsible for the leak have been fired and that Law enforcement agencies are looking into the matter. Here is the complete statement.

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.”

It also appears that hiphoptherobot who initially leaked the images of the system has sent his Switch back to Nintendo, after he found out it was gained by illicit means. He went on to say that Nintendo did not bully him into giving the console back , but he himself sent it back because he understands why that may be an issue for the company.

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