Nintendo’s next console, the Switch, will launch March 3. After a holiday season where Nintendo consoles — namely the NES Classic Edition and 3DS — were nearly impossible to find, Nintendo fans might be wise to pre-order the console if they’re positive they want to buy it on day one.
If you are looking to get a Switch near launch March 3, we currently advise you to signup for the GameStop, Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart email lists, and periodically circle back to Target and Toys “R” Us. Additionally, a page on Nintendo lists the major retailers offering the Switch. It’s a good idea to check back to see if more retailers are added.
Even though the Switch is currently almost impossible to pre-order, a recent interview with Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime in Wired may ease concerns. He claimed that Nintendo plans to ship 2 million units in the weeks surrounding launch, and that he believes the shipped units will meet demands. “Our focus is making sure that the consumer who wants to buy a Nintendo Switch can buy a Nintendo Switch,” he said.
Here’s how you can currently secure a Nintendo Switch prior to the console’s forthcoming launch. If none of these options work for you, keep checking back, as we’ll be updating this post as more stores announce Switch availability.
Major retailers began taking pre-orders for the Switch Thursday, January 12, shortly after Nintendo’s Tokyo press event. By Sunday, Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Walmart, Toys “R” Us, and GameStop were all sold out of initial allotments of both the Switch with gray Joy-Con and the Switch with neon red/blue Joy-Con.
GameStop senior vice president of merchandizing Bob Puzon released a statement Sunday confirming that the company’s initial allocations were sold out. “We’re working closely with Nintendo to get additional Nintendo Switch units, and will let our customers know when they become available,” he said.
He added that customers who are on the lookout for the Switch should signup for GameStop’s “first to know” Switch updates.
Target has product pages for both the Switch with gray Joy-Con, and the Switch with neon red/blue Joy-Con. Both listings have fluctuated between “preorder now” and “coming soon” status since Friday. We attempted to add the neon red/blue model, then marked “preorder now,” to our cart as late as Sunday Morning, but were unsuccessful.
Amazon currently has only one product page displaying the Switch with gray Joy-Con. You can be added to a product availability mailing list by signing into your Amazon account, and clicking “Add to List” — where “Add to Cart” is normally located.
Toys R Us
Toys R Us only has a coming soon page up on its site.
Nintendo’s New York location offered up first pre-orders
New Yorkers, or those in the vicinity of Nintendo’s brick-and-mortar store in Rockefeller Center, had the first chance to pre-order the console in person on Friday, January 13 at 9 a.m. ET.
That’s according to the store’s official Twitter account:
— Nintendo NY (@NintendoNYC) January 11, 2017
Updated on 01-16-2017 by Steven Petite: Added details to reflect the current status of Nintendo Switch pre-orders.