So it turns out, that yes that system that NeoGAF user Hiphoptherobot had (and promptly had to give back to Nintendo) was stolen. As Nintendo has issued a statement to IGN confirming that a “small number” of systems were stolen by employees of a U.S. distributer.
“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.”
So there you have it, man those ninjas work quick.
I was in the middle of recording some video of Hitman when I heard about the NoA statement, funny.