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Nintendo Switch Unit in Leaked Online Videos Was Stolen

February 19, 2017 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

According to a statement from Nintendo to IGN, a small number of Nintendo Switch units were stolen by employees of a United States distributor. A video of the stolen product was then uploaded to NeoGAF by user hiphoptherobot.

Nintendo released the following following statement on the incident:

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 leaked online video showcased the console’s user interface, its menus, creating a new system user, starting a new system account, a look through the system’s settings, and more. Per Kotaku, the user who posted the video on NeoGAF shipped his unit back to Nintendo and claimed he didn’t know the console had been stolen after he posted images and videos of it online.