Leaked Nintendo Switch Console Had Been Illegally Sold
Console was Part of a Small Number of Stolen Units
Early this week, a NeoGaf user posted a video showing the unboxing and setup of a Nintendo Switch which the user had claimed it was delivered to him, by mistake, in advanced by a retailer. IGN has now reported that the console in question was in fact part of a small number of consoles stolen by employees of a U.S. retailer, and that the console was sold illegally to the NeoGaf user in question.
Here is the statement given by Nintendo 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.
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."
The buyer of the stole console has returned the console to Nintendo and deleted his Switch videos. So far, no criminal charges have been file against him.
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