Late last week, leaked footage of the Nintendo Switch’s interface was leaked out before its March 3rd release date. NeoGAF user hiphoptherobot stated that he was “lucky” that a retailer shipped his pre-ordered console early, however according to Nintendo, this isn’t the case.
Nintendo provided a statement to IGN over the weekend stating that the unit in the video was in fact stolen from one of their U.S. Distribution centres. The theft was an isolated incident, and one unit was illegally sold. “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 said in its statement.
According to Kotaku, the GAF user sent back the stolen unit out of goodwill, stating that he didn’t know the unit was stolen until after he posted photos and the video of it in use.
Nintendo’s full statement about the incident to IGN is as follows:
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.