Nintendo Had NeoGaf User Return Stolen Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Switch Stolen
(Last Updated On: February 19, 2017)

A NeoGaf user going by the handle of HippoTheRobot originally claimed he was lucky enough to have an unnamed retailer send him a Nintendo Switch earlier than the March 3rd release date. It turns, that his claims were false and that the Switch unit was actually stolen, prompting for Nintendo to request he return it.

The Escapist Magazine quoted HippoTheRobot, where he stated…

“Not sure if I can really talk about it but I will say Nintendo has the console back and I am personally not in any trouble. Other than being out a console and the money I paid for it which really sucks with all the bills I have right now but it isn’t going to be the end of the world or anything.”

Originally he had made it seem as if he managed to get his hands on a Nintendo Switch earlier than everyone else. He claimed that he wasn’t sure if he would keep it because he was planning on selling his house and he needed the money to pay for repairs. However, it turns out that he bought the Switch from someone who worked at a distributor who actually stole the units.

According to IGN, Nintendo tracked down the thieves and will have the local law enforcement deal with them. Nintendo issued a statement to IGN, where they stated…

“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 has made it clear, you don’t mess with the Reginator.

The Nintendo Switch won’t be available until a few weeks from now. HippoTheRobot could have spared himself a lot of heart ache by keeping silent and then reselling the Nintendo Switch on eBay close to release, but hubris got the better of him.


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  • SuperDuperSenpai

    NeoFag, lol

    • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

      XD

  • Anon_Amous

    Nintendo didn’t force him to return it. He returned it, knowing what could happen when people realized it was stolen.

  • NeoTechni

    I don’t like that Nintendo didn’t even give him his money back.

    • oldmanglitch

      why would they give him his money back he paid someone who stole the unit not nintendo

      • NeoTechni

        Because they still took something he paid for, and can no longer afford, and they can.

        • Richard

          He is lucky he is not under arrest for possession of stolen goods. Nintendo is under no obligation to reimburse anyone who buys questionable or stolen goods.

          • NeoTechni

            Where did I say they were obligated to? I said I didn’t LIKE it. It’s like stealing candy from a baby.

          • Richard

            I don’t think that analogue works. This isn’t like stealing candy from a baby, this is a business that is taking back stolen product. It is not Nintendo’s job to reimburse anyone for receiving stolen merchandise. I don’t like it either, but that is the way the world works. You buy stolen goods that get taken back by the rights holder, at best you are out the money you paid, worst case is jail time.

    • Smug

      It’s not Nintendo to give him the money back, but the distributor who sold the stolen product