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Nintendo Switch Pre-orders, Now Available Worldwide, Except At GameStop; Find Out Why [Video]

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Pre-orders for Nintendo's newest gaming hybrid is now available online from various approved retailers, however, customers who might want to ring up GameStop should try somewhere else.

Last week, Nintendo officially unveiled their next-generation gaming console the Nintendo Switch. This early, it is predicted that the hybrid console would be a hot item culling initially from its video introduction up to the warm reception it got from last week's event.

Pre-ordering games or software is usually a bad idea. Commonly, customers are paying for unfinished, unproven software. With the advent of digital distribution, even if the physical copy of the game is hard to find, having a digital copy available negates it, according to Geek.

However, the same does not follow with hardware wherein stocks might run out, as what happened with the Nintendo NES Classic. Customers who might want to pre-order right now may place their orders on the list of approved retailers below:

  • Amazon
  • Best Buy
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Gamestop

This early, customers are informed that if they are considering placing their pre-orders with GameStop for the Nintendo Switch to try other retailers. On Sunday, GameStop sent word that it has blown all through its allotment of the Nintendo Switch, Polygon reported. GameSpot stated they are working closely with Nintendo to acquire additional Nintendo Switch units and advised would-be buyers to sign up for email notifications to alert them if the unit is back in stock.

There is more, if you are in the United States; it might as well be a challenge looking for the Nintendo Switch elsewhere as well. According to reports, approved major retailers are already flagging the device as unavailable for reserve or pre-order. Amazon, Target, Toys R Us, Walmart, and Best Buy have already declared the console as unavailable, only three days after pre-orders opened.

Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fil-Aime in an interview assured avid Nintendo fans that the Nintendo Switch will not have supply problems the Nintendo NES Classic had. Additionally, he informs that 2 million units of the Nintendo Switch are available for its March launch worldwide.

Though the Nintendo Switch is unavailable, it does not necessarily mean all units have already been sold out. The temporary unavailability may just mean the retailers have exhausted their initial allocations of the device as akin to the early pronouncement of GameStop, who ran through their allocation early.

The Nintendo Switch retails for $299.99 and will be released worldwide beginning Mar. 3, 2017.

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