Nintendo Switch Unit in the Wild Was Stolen, Individuals are Under Investigation

Just yesterday we shared with you a look at the Switch’s UI coming from someone who identified himself as HipHopTheRobot on NeoGAF. He claimed to have bought the Switch online and somehow got it two weeks early from an anonymous source. Sure, it already sounded a bit shady, but he claimed to have paid for it. Nintendo was likely none too pleased to see this occur and there were multiple situations that could have caused it to happen.

Did this unit literally fall off a truck? Did a media outlet decide to sell their switch basically immediately upon arrival? Well, the truth is now out. Here is Nintendo’s official 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.”

Nintendo released this statement through IGN. Tell me, does that seem worth it? Nintendo was obviously not going to be standing idly buy. As for hiphop, who was making all the videos, it hasn’t really been 100% determined if he was one of the thiefs, or if he was simply the one who bought it second hand. However, he claims Nintendo has the Switch unit back and he isn’t being prosecuted, explaining that Nintendo was really nice about the whole situation. He’s mostly bummed he lost out on his money, as taking it to small claims court would basically cost more than it’s worth.

Bottom line? Don’t steal. Yeah, it happens, but it’s something we should all know better about. Especially if we’re talking about a yet to be released product.

Nathanial Rumphol-Janc

A veteran in the video game media sphere, Nathanial co-founded Gamnesia, founded MetroidWiki.org, ran the news the segment on the Zelda Universe Podcast, found and ran Zelda Domain from 1998 to 2006, and built Zelda Informer as the Editor-in-Chief from 2008 to 2017. He now owns and operates Nintendo Prime. You can follow him on twitter @NateJanc, otherwise just stay tuned at Nintendo Prime for more of his work.

  • OWM90

    “idly buy” “one of the thiefs”

    Please proof read your articles in future if you wish to be taken serious.