After news that the Nintendo Switch console that had supposedly been shipped early has been returned to Nintendo, we can now learn more about exactly how the situation happened.
Nintendo of America has revealed that an “isolated incident” had seen employees at a distributor in the United States steal hardware units, and that the one shown in the early user interface video had been illegally resold.
“Earlier this week, individuals claimed to prematurely purchase a small number of Nintendo Switch systems from an unspecified retailer,” a Nintendo of America representative explained in a statement to IGN.
“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.”
Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on Friday 3rd March, priced at £279.99 ($299.99).