AH, WE SPARE A THOUGHT FOR PEOPLE who are stuck at work while a load of chairs sit empty around them. The bloody Nintendo Switch is out, so those slack bastards are probably at home, or on the train, or on the bus, or on a plane (we've seen the ads), playing games and taking the royal piss.
We sorta like the idea of the Nintendo Switch, again we must concede that there are other Nintendo consoles that came before, and might have been better than the Switch. The Switch is exciting though, and switches up the handheld format, turning it into what is also a TV console. It has poor memory, but who doesn't.
Anyway. The thing is upon us. 3 March is the official launch day, and our diary says that that is today. Nintendo announced the price and availability in January, confirming that £280 will get you the console, left and right Joy-Con controllers, wrist-straps, the Joy-Con Grip, the Switch Dock, HDMI cable and AC adapter. The Nintendo Switch Pro controller will be sold separately, because Nintendo is a bastard.
Amazon, which started taking pre-orders immediately, has no stock for its £279.99 version, which is bad news for penny-pinchers. Game.co.uk, which did the same, is in the dark about as a release date, even today.
"At this time we have not received official confirmation of the next stock delivery of this product," it says.
"We are working extremely hard with Nintendo to receive more stock of the Nintendo Switch for customers. Until we have our stock delivery confirmed by Nintendo, a placeholder date of TBC has been put onto this product. This can change once the delivery of stock has been confirmed and the status of your order will change accordingly."
Game also lists the console at £279.99, but adds that in-store prices may vary. See also eBay for a wide variety of options and prices. There we saw one with a buy it now price of £600, and another with around 40 live bids at £350.
For what it is worth Argos appears to have stock. But don't blame us if you go down there and the best thing that you come back with is a short pen. µ
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