You may recall the Nintendo Switch leak that came from NeoGAF user hiphoprobot a couple of days ago. Well, hiphoprobot has recently provided an update on his situation. The Nintendo Switch console that hiphoprobot leaked in videos and pictures is no longer in his possession. He said “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”. According to hiphoprobot, Nintendo didn’t show up to his house to get the console. It is being shipped to them. He also clarified that it’s not Nintendo he’s in contact with, but a “third-party working on their behalf”. He explained that he doesn’t necessarily think Nintendo is wrong for wanting the console back “after knowing what happened”. Hiphoprobot, again, proceeded to clarify. He says that “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 switches had “mysteriously disappeared”. So while it was unknown to me, once I found out that it had probably been stolen I did’t feel comfortable keeping it”. Hiphoprobot also says “the people I dealt with have all been very nice and reasonable”. Although he’s not in trouble, hiphoprobot said that he “didn’t feel like pushing my luck by keeping the videos up”. He also says that “I wouldn’t be surprised if they get me a replacement console or something” and he clarified that Nintendo did not ask him to take the videos down.

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  1. Here’s my thought. He did not pre order it he paid someone to get it to him. If that’s the case Nintendo prob reached to all stores and asked for proof that they have all their units accounted for. Once Nintendo put that order in whoever he got it from asked for it back.

    It makes no sense they asked for the unit back just to give him another one at release.

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  2. Not that it matters too much to me but I think the guy’s handle is ‘hiphoptherobot’ not ‘hiphoprobot’ as reported.

    Also, it seems to be unlikely that a guy they by his own admission isn’t really very well off would simply ship a console he’s apparently paid for back to Nintendo. He was talking about selling the console in the interview I read.

    I’m sure Nintendo would refund him the money he spent on the console if they feel that strongly about getting it back…

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  3. Sounds like he was involved and afraid of getting caught and I would bet that he didn’t spend a dime on it. However, if he told them that he paid for it and made up a sob story he might be able to swindle one from Nintendo.

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  4. Well, the guy keeps pleading poverty – he has to fix his car – h saie has to sell his house – tbh -that all sounds completely dodgy. So – I’m not including this guy as genuine at all.

    If the SWITCH had been stolen – the police would have been round to ‘interview’ mr hiphop. .

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  5. Well that’s what happens when you get things early. I know he is not in trouble for this but he did the right thing for shipping the console back. At least he was reasonable for all of this. I know some people want to pay a lot of bills and all because they want the console so much. Everyone does. Mystery solved.

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  6. would be cool if Nintendo hooked him up with a console on release. its a bummer he unknowingly paid for stolen hardware. nintendo should just hold on to that same console and overnight it to him on the 2nd :)

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  7. LOL, If you buy stolen Swith and he knows it was. You never put that out in the open for everyone to see, especially since no one else can get one till Mar. 3rd. He now learned a good lesson. Either be a sneak thief quietly or none at all.

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    • Doesn’t matter. Even if he knew it was stolen he has a right to get his money back but I suppose like you said his biggest mistake was sharing it online.

      He wouldn’t be in this situation otherwise.

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  8. Regardless of how HE obtained it HE payed for it and at the VERY least he should get his money back.

    Appalling way to treat a Customer just appalling but then again this is Nintendo we’re talking about after all.

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  9. Dealing with stolen consoles can be annoying. My son’s Xbox one and 360 were stolen last year, er found them across state lines in a pawn shop but even with going through the police department the person responsible for away scott free and if we wanted to get the consoles back we would have to pay the pawn shop what they gave the thief for them.

    Be very careful when you let someone into your house, especially if they stay there for over thirty days, at that point it is very difficult to legally get rid of them.

    We had to put up with so much crap during that time. Makes me mad just thinking about it.

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  10. Note to self: Don’t bother posting on MyNintendoNews.com ever again. Nintendo fans are impossible to reason with, as far as they’re concerned Nintendo are never in the wrong.

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      • If it was stolen then Nintendo should come down on the individual that sold it to him. It just doesn’t seem fair that he has to be without a console he payed for because of the stupid actions of somebody else.

        Maybe instead of resorting to name calling you could have a civil discussion instead but I guess Nintendo fans aren’t capable of that.

        You’ve made your point now leave it at that.

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        • the issue is HE CANT PROVE THAT HE DIDNT STEAL IT. what part of a lack of proof are you not comprehending? this is the stupid decisions of more than just the thief(if he didnt in fact steal it himself) 1. the thief for stealling it, and 2. him for both buying it and flaunting it around on the iternet. Even if he wasnt the thief, its still illegal to knowingly purchase a stolen item(which he would have surely know it was). But Nintendo didnt reimburse a suspected thief with no proof ,so theyre the bad guys right?

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  11. They’re at it again! Taking back physical items. They did the same shit with X & Y. What’s next, hacked NES Classics?

    Well jokes on them, because I downloaded the unboxing video, knowing they would pull stupid shit like this.

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  12. I think this guy is super lucky. Even if he didn’t steal it himself or know it was stolen, he knew he wasn’t supposed to have it. No, Nintendo doesn’t owe him a new console. The guy took a risk and paid the price. In fact, Nintendo probably thought about taking legal action against this guy but decided the controversy probably wasn’t worth it. Gotta keep things positive two weeks before the Switch’s release.

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  13. He’s trying to make people feel bad with a sob story about not having money for bills… All I know is if I can’t pay bills , the last thing I’m gonna do is drop $300 on a new console… Sucks to be out of that money but sometimes when you play with fire, you get burned.

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  14. I’d like to know how they tracked him down. Did he call Nintendo on his own out of guilt or something? Did this 3rd party track him down and show up at his door? This doesn’t make sense to me. If someone showed up at my door claiming to work on someone’s else’s behalf with demands that I return something I paid for I’d probably laugh then shut the door. I wouldn’t hand over anything I paid for unless cops showed up with a warrant or robbers busted through my door with bats. This sounds like bullshit to me. There’s no way this dude didn’t know he was getting his hands on something he shouldn’t have.

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  15. Something tells me he knew it was stolen. “It was accodently shipped early to me” sounds like complete bulls***. I don’t feel bad for the guy.. Wait like the rest of us.

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  16. My thoughts: I think he knew it was dodgy. Come on. It was pretty well known that it was not going to be released prior to March 3rd. You wouldn’t question how someone had one early that was not a retailer??? Get real? He knew, he got caught. He even tried selling it! Why would you go out of your way to buy one early and then sell it? To make a massive profit on it that’s why. Didn’t work out, Nintendo found out. Probably as he posted a video. Either he is a complete plank or dodgy as hell..
    This link says that Law enforcement is involved, as to whether he gets charged remains to be seen.
    http://www.mobipicker.com/nintendo-switch-early-release-reports-result-stolen-switch-units-nintendo-confirms/

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