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Leaked Nintendo Switch videos came from a stolen console, says Nintendo

by Ron Duwell | February 20, 2017February 20, 2017 7:00 am PDT

A series of unboxing and content videos from the Nintendo Switch last week introduced many of us to the console’s hidden secrets, but the company is now saying that the leaks were caused by thievery within one of its distribution companies.

Nintendo called it “an isolated incident” in a statement made to IGN and said that only one of the consoles had been illegally resold.

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 NeoGAF poster who made the videos says that he returned the console to Nintendo not knowing that it was stolen.

Would we need leaked videos if Nintendo showed its console off more?

We’re less than half-a-month away from the launch of the Nintendo Switch console, and many still have questions that these leaked videos didn’t get to answer. Early unboxing videos will always be the target of aficionados, but it’s likely that these got such wide coverage because Nintendo is still keeping many of its specs and bits of information under wraps.

The videos didn’t get to touch on my biggest question regarding its content, Virtual Console, and Nintendo is being suspiciously quiet about that whole, unpredictable affair. Outside of new games, that’s my largest attraction to the console since it turns the Switch essentially into a portable retro gaming machine, but we’ll have to learn about how that works after we buy it… I suppose.

The more Nintendo doesn’t deliver on promises for information, the harder gamers are going to try and seek it out on their own in the coming weeks.

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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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