Remember that Switch console which got opened up and recorded by NeoGAF user hiphoptherobot? Turns out it was actually stolen by an employee of a U.S. distributor in an "isolated incident", and was illegally resold.

The individuals responsible are apparently "under investigation" and Kotaku is reporting that hiphoptherobot has returned the console to Nintendo, and wasn't aware that it had been stolen. The user had claimed that the unit had been shipped early from the retailer where it had been pre-ordered.

Nintendo has issued the following statement to IGN:

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.

hiphoptherobot recorded videos of the console's UI and profile options, too.

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