We’re still a couple of weeks away from the official launch of the Nintendo Switch. However, footage of the upcoming hybrid console being taken out of its packaging arrived on the web last week. Following the unboxing, we also got to see the console’s setup menu as well as the user-interface.
At the time, it was reported that a retailer had accidentally broken the street date to supply several people with early Nintendo Switch units. To their credit, the buyers claimed that they did nothing shady to get the units. If they had, they wouldn’t be talking about it so openly. Unfortunately, it has come to light that they were actually stolen units.
“Earlier this week, individuals claimed to prematurely purchase a small number of Nintendo Switch systems from an unspecified retailer,” Nintendo told IGN. “Nintendo has determined these units were stolen in an isolated incident by employees of a US 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.”
One of the individuals who bought the console early has now returned the unit back to Nintendo, stating on NeoGAF that he was not held accountable since he did not know they were stolen. However, the money paid for the stolen consoles is likely not to be returned to the unknowing buyers. Nonetheless, everyone has stated that the entire return process has been handled “reasonably” well.
The Nintendo Switch is scheduled to officially launch on March 3 for $300. Another Nintendo Direct broadcast is expecting to go live this week to hype the launch one last time.