Nintendo has spoken with IGN, noting that a “Small Number” of Switch systems where stolen by employees of a U.S Distributer.
Those responsible for this, have had their employment terminated and will most likely face legal action.
The NeoGAF user, HipHopTheRobot, who purchased the Switch System and proceeded to upload videos of the UI as well as provide an unboxing video, had inadvertently helped Nintendo catch those responsible for the theft, when he posted the Switch for sale on Reddit, forgetting to blur out the Unique Serial Number, easily allowing Nintendo to pinpoint where the Switch originated.
Here is Nintendos full statement:
“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.”