Leaked Nintendo Switch user interface video came from stolen console, says Nintendo

Image of Nintendo Switch and Joy-Con controllers - official Switch unboxing

Late Friday afternoon, a video showing off the the Nintendo Switch’s user interface for the first time leaked online courtesy of a NeoGAF user that goes by the handle hiphoptherobot.

The poster initially claimed that they managed to get their hands on the console early because a retailer mistakenly sent it to them. In subsequent messages, however, they made it clear that the system was in fact actually stolen. The user claims that once they found out that the system was stolen, courtesy of a message sent to the hiphoptherobot by Nintendo, they sent the Switch back to the Japanese gaming giant.

In a statement to IGN, Nintendo said the following:

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’s upcoming Switch console is set to be released on March 3rd. In an unprecedented move in the video game industry, a number of facts still remain unclear about the system, including whether it will launch with a Virtual Console of some sort, allowing owners to play retro games, as well as how its online functionality will work.

Source: IGN