Those responsible could face criminal charges.
There was a video earlier on in the week of a Switch UI being demoed by a player who had received the order early, and put his video up on NeoGAF. Now Nintendo has said that the Switch systems that have appeared in these videos online – there has also been an unboxing video – were stolen by a distributing partner in the US.
Due to launch on March 3 worldwide, these videos are up weeks ahead of launch. In a statement to IGN, Nintendo addressed the issue:
“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.”
To take a look at the Switch’s UI, have a look here.