Leaked Switch console was actually stolen, Nintendo comments

A couple of days ago video footage was leaked of the Nintendo Switch’s user interface because of a supposed accidental shipment of a console. The recipient, going by hiphoptherobot, posted the info to NeoGAF and later an unboxing via FloKO. Today the plot thickens as the same person has posted to NeoGAF to say that Nintendo has taken back the console without giving him a refund.

Nintendo since made the following statement to IGN:

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.

Making matters worse, before the console was seized by Nintendo, hiphoptherobot was caught trying to sell the system–since it can’t access online features due to a day one update–on reddit.

According to a screenshot taken by another reddit user, hiphoptherobot says he received the console “by a fluke”. “Normally I would be pumped but I need the money more than I need the Switch at the moment so I am going to have to let it go,” he posted. “I have no idea what price I should be asking so I will just see what the best offer is.”

The post was soon removed by the moderators of the r/GameSale subreddit because the post didn’t have a sell price. The subreddit specifically states “sellers must price all items” in the rules sidebar of its front page.

We’re less than two weeks from the release of the Nintendo Switch and unfortunately we’re still unsure about many aspects of the system, such as whether or not Virtual Console purchases will carry over with our accounts to the Switch. We do however, by virtue of the leaked video, know that Nintendo Accounts do contain a purchase history of other eShop titles that can be transferred to the new console. The fineprint on the console’s box states:

Your Nintendo Account contain your eShop purchase history and current balance. By re-linking your Nintendo Account after initializing the console, it will be possible to redownload any software or DLC purchased using that account. (Software that has been discontinued may not be available for redownload).

It’s unfortunate that this important type of information wasn’t communicated directly to consumers, and was instead by apparently illegal means. To sum up the situation:

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