Remember that Nintendo Switch that was in the wild? It turns out that it was stolen

Remember that Switch console that made it out in the wild before its official release? Well, it appears that it wasn't a unit that arrived early from a retailer but was in fact stolen.

Nintendo has chimed in on the incident, explaining what actually occurred. In a statement to IGN, the firm revealed that a small number of units were stolen by an employee of a US distributor. We know that one of these units was sold, which is most likely the one that was featured in the video. The individuals involved have been identified, terminated, and are currently under investigation by the law. Nintendo has also reclaimed the unit.

Nintendo's full statement down below:

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.

If you want to check out the console before its release, you'll want to check to see whether the North American tour will be stopping in your city. The Nintendo Switch will arrive on March 3 for $299.99.

Source: IGN via Nintendo Everything | Switch image via FloKO

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