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RUMOR - HipHoptheRobot has his Switch taken back by Nintendo, may have been a stolen unit

Looks like the saga of HipHoptheRobot's early Switch isn't over yet. According to some of his posts on NeoGAF, it seems that Nintendo has been in contact and taken the Switch back. HipHop states he's not in any trouble with Nintendo, but he is out of a Switch. There's all sorts of crazy details going on in the thread, including discussion of the unit being stolen, but I don't want to get into the drama of it all. If you want to read up on it, you can grab details here. Thanks to fangzthewolf for the heads up.

Categories: Rumors, Consoles
Tags: rumor, switch

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Top Rated Comment
Sat Feb 18 17 04:55pm
Rating: 14 (Updated 3 times)

That thread is a nightmare resulting from horrible reading comprehension. Holy crap. Here's the cliffnotes.


  • Several Switches were stolen and exchanged hands.
  • One of these hands was the place that HipHop got his Switch from.
  • Nintendo contacted HipHop and explained the situation.
  • HipHop shipped the console back to them with no fuss.
  • HipHop will keep quiet about the meat of the details because he isn't sure how much he's allowed to say about this situation. Isn't sure if he'll get the money back from his original purchase, but thinks its likely Nintendo will send a replacement system after launch.
  • Ten pages and counting of people arguing about stolen property laws.

Well if it was bought legally he would be sending it back to the shop he bought it from and would get a refund. Since he is not getting a refund and is sending it "somewhere" it means that it was illegally bought, if it was even bought in the first place.

First he said it was a retailer he got it from, but now he got it from "someone" who didn't know the Switch could be stolen. And now there is new info that he tried to sell it on Reddit...... yeah.

Sat Feb 18 17 04:55pm
Rating: 14 (Updated 3 times)

That thread is a nightmare resulting from horrible reading comprehension. Holy crap. Here's the cliffnotes.


  • Several Switches were stolen and exchanged hands.
  • One of these hands was the place that HipHop got his Switch from.
  • Nintendo contacted HipHop and explained the situation.
  • HipHop shipped the console back to them with no fuss.
  • HipHop will keep quiet about the meat of the details because he isn't sure how much he's allowed to say about this situation. Isn't sure if he'll get the money back from his original purchase, but thinks its likely Nintendo will send a replacement system after launch.
  • Ten pages and counting of people arguing about stolen property laws.

Don't even get started on all the reaction posts people made when he first stated he had to send the Switch back and received no refund from Nintendo (even though it would have been the "retailer" that had to refund him)

Sat Feb 18 17 05:11pm
Rating: 4 (Updated 1 time)

Honestly, the more I dig in, the more I realize that he was incredibly lucky. He was already planning to sell it. Nintendo letting him off with a "Hey, that was actually stolen, so if you could give it back..." is probably the niceness thing the Big N could have done.

Yep, Nintendo could've sued him and that would've been a very open and shut case. But I guess Nintendo didn't want a lot of bad press to follow from that.

If he actually did sell it he then could have gotten into serious trouble for selling stolen goods, so yeah it's a good thing he was contacted by NoA just in time.

jasonlee
Sat Feb 18 17 04:58pm
Rating: 1

I read a few of his posts. I really think there's a lot he's not telling. Someone who somehow mysteriously got a Switch, liked the attention, and got caught somehow. I don't believe his story.

t27duck
Sat Feb 18 17 05:05pm
Rating: 2 (Updated 1 time)

There's a logical explanation to all of this

I never believed the guy in the first place & now that this bit of juicy info is out just gets the ball rolling.

Damn, CGSasuke was right. Kinda in a roundabout way, but they did take back the Switch lol.

Sounds like a very fishy situation. Not gonna fault Nintendo on this one, but hopefully he is able to get his money back from the seller or Nintendo drops him a restock after launch.

I think he knew, though. He tried very hard to cover up for this seller, and his story has changed so many times.

Whole story was shady to say the least right from the start.

Well it was a stolen unit, somehow in their videos Nintendo could confirm that the device he showed was a stolen unit so they asked nicely to the user to send it back, no matter how he got it, he probably actually got it from some guy who stole it from an actual retailer, so to avoid any investigation or being sued he just returned the stolen Switch. Similar when you buy a stolen material like a TV or PC, and the police found it, the law says you have to send it back the stole material, you dont go to prison because you can argue that you didn't know it was stolen but you have to give it back without any refund.

Whys everyone gotta throw so much shade? It happened. It's over. We got a fun little sneak peak at th system. Now we move on. If that guy did indeed do something wrong, Nintendo will react however they best see fit regardless of how people on the internet feel.

mr_ry
Sat Feb 18 17 06:26pm
Rating: 2

Life spared.

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