Nintendo has been pretty clear in its Nintendo Switch strategy. On 12th January it'll host a full unveiling of the system, and is planning to give gamers around the world opportunities to go hands on with the system before it arrives in March. Pricing and release date are key details that should emerge at that time.
A number of retailers have information pages on their websites, but GAME in the UK is running a rather peculiar pre-order initiative. As no pricing is even available, the retailer is taking pre-orders with a dummy price of £999.99, naturally promising that the money won't be taken. Those that want to use PayPal, though, will still have a pending transaction for that amount on their account, which might not be a good idea. The following is from the product page.
Until we receive an official price from Nintendo, a temporary price of £999.99 will be given to the Nintendo Switch console. This placeholder will show through the checkout process and on your confirmation email, but you will not be charged this amount. At a later date, the confirmed price will be guaranteed to those who have pre-ordered.
At this time we have not received official confirmation of stock allocation, nor of the availability of stand-alone consoles versus console bundles. Until we have our allocation confirmed by Nintendo we cannot guarantee that every order will be fulfilled for launch, nor whether we will be able to offer you a stand-alone console or bundle. We will contact you in the event that you need to choose whether you wish to receive a bundled console.
PayPal pre-orders: If you select PayPal as your payment option to pre-order the Nintendo Switch, please be aware that PayPal will attempt to authorise the current £999.99 value, resulting in a pending transaction at that value until the launch date of the Nintendo Switch. This should not interfere with your use of your PayPal account and you will only pay the confirmed price on launch day. Please note that if you do not have sufficient funds available to your PayPal account when you place the pre-order, PayPal may decline to authorise the transaction which will prevent your pre-order from being confirmed.
Well, no-one can say GAME is slow to try and get on the Switch hype train, but this does seem a tad early to take orders, with zero details on bundle options and so on.
Perhaps we should wait for real information before placing pre-orders...
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