Nintendo Says the Switch Console That Leaked Online was Stolen

Fans are now able to get an inside look at the Nintendo Switch before the video game console’s release. However, the circumstances surrounding the early preview are allegedly illegal.

Earlier this month, NeoGAF posted an inside look at the new Nintendo Switch. But, Nintendo addressed the leak and confirmed someone stole several Switch consoles.

Was the Nintendo Switch stolen?

In a statement released to IGN, Nintendo claims someone stole several Nintendo systems.

“Earlier this week, individuals claimed to prematurely purchase a small number of Nintendo Switch systems from an unspecified retailer,” Nintendo explained.

“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.”

While this does not explain what happened, it does appear as though Nintendo is taking it very seriously.

In the leaked video, a NeoGAF user named hiphoptherobot, says he purchased the Nintendo Switch two weeks early from an unnamed store. Then he proceeded to post a video showing how the new Nintendo Switch works. The allegedly stolen Switch video has obtained over 2 million views.

You can see the video below.

What is Nintendo Switch?

Last month, Nintendo held a live-event explaining in detail the features associated with the Switch including upcoming video games, pricing and how the system will work. For $299, users have the ability to play on the go, at home, and with friends by using a system dock and detachable controllers. At the moment, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wild and a new video game franchise, 1 2 Switch will be available on release day for Switch.

Nintendo’s new video game console hits stores on March 3rd.