Nintendo: some Switch units were stolen and illegally resold


Earlier this week someone was fortunate enough to get their hands on a Nintendo Switch. They even posted unboxing videos and walkthroughs of the OS.

But yesterday the person sent back their Switch after rumors emerged that they might have purchased a stolen unit.

Now Nintendo has confirmed just that: a number of Switch units were stolen and resold illegally, according to the company.

Nintendo didn’t comment for days about the leaked videos and Switch consoles. It’s likely that they were scrambling to find out what happened and how the units got out into the wild.

But eventually, they found out what had happened. A company representative said in a 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.”

They added:

“The individuals involved have been identified, terminated from their place of employment and are under investigation by local law enforcement authorities on criminal charges.”

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While it appears that several Nintendo Switch units were stolen, there were no games, hence why we didn’t see any gameplay footage on those units.