The Internet blew up earlier this week when a NeoGAF user by the name “HipHoptheRobot” posted a video proving that he got a Switch over 2 weeks early. The video showed off the initial system set-up and a quick run-through of the UI. He then later posted a shorter video of him using the Mii Maker. Even though he could not play any games, he was still (unsurprisingly) happy to have the system. As exciting as this whole ordeal was, it turns out that it happened for not a very good reason.
HipHoptheRobot has recently made a new post over on NeoGAF where he explains that Nintendo has actually retrieved the early unit. Here’s what he had to say:
“I probably cant talk about details but after knowing what happened I don’t necessarily think Nintendo is wrong for wanting the console back and the people I dealt with have all been very nice and reasonable. And again, I am not in any trouble but didn’t feel like pushing my luck by keeping the videos up.
Well I am a barista and we don’t usually carry Nintendo products at the cafe. And I am sure it is frustrating that I can’t share more details but I am not sure what I can or can’t share. For the sake of clarification I will say that I don’t think the person I got it from knew and therefore I certainly didn’t know but somewhere down the chain some Switch [units] had ‘mysteriously disappeared’. So while it was unknown to me, once I found out that it had probably been stolen I didn’t feel comfortable keeping it.”
As you can see, it looks like this early unit happened to be one of several that were apparently stolen. As a result, HipHop had no qualms about handing it back to Nintendo. It’s not uncommon for things like this to happen to new products (missing shipments, that is), but this is definitely the first time it’s happened recently with a Nintendo system. Big media companies like IGN have received units, but of course that’s for review purposes, so it can’t be compared to this situation. Either way, it’s great that Nintendo handled the case in a civil manner and let off HipHop with no trouble. With that said, will we be getting any more big leaks over the next few days? We’ll just have to wait and see!