Nintendo Switch Pre-Order At £999.99 Via GAME — Not a Good Idea

Pre-order for Nintendo Switch is currently priced at a crazy £999.99 over at GAME today but online store has an explanation.

The launch of Nintendo Switch has left a lot of people very excited, especially those who have held on to their faith in Nintendo after the huge flop that is the Wii U. Nintendo has kept Nintendo Switch under the hood for a long long time and even with the official announcement already out, we barely have information to go forward. Is Nintendo delaying the Nintendo Switch to build the hype or are the details really just not ironed out yet?

But regardless of how Nintendo is approaching their marketing strategy with the Nintendo Switch, a lot of Nintendo fans are already at the edge of their seats for more information. GameSpot reported that the official price for the Nintendo Switch will come out on January 2017 but we can’t just wait long enough, can we?

So if you’re thinking of pre-ordering to get that unsettling itch for the Nintendo Switch off your hands, then you might want to take a look at online outlet GAME’s offer.

Daily Star found out that GAME has already listed the Nintendo Switch for pre-order with a “to be confirmed” date of March. They priced the Nintendo Switch, though, at a startling £999.99. Is that even possible?

Apparently, this price is just a front figure so they could list the item on the site. GAME explains at their listing:

Until we receive an official price from Nintendo, a temporary price of £999.99 will be given to the Nintendo Switch console. This placeholder will show through the checkout process and on your confirmation email, but you will not be charged this amount. At a later date, the confirmed price will be guaranteed to those who have pre-ordered.

At this time we have not received official confirmation of stock allocation, nor of the availability of stand-alone consoles versus console bundles. Until we have our allocation confirmed by Nintendo we cannot guarantee that every order will be fulfilled for launch, nor whether we will be able to offer you a stand-alone console or bundle. We will contact you in the event that you need to choose whether you wish to receive a bundled console.

It seems like pre-ordering this early in the stage really could be quite a bummer since GAME could not even assure that all pre-orders will be fulfilled upon launch. We know that, via Engadget, Nintendo is expecting to ship at least two million Nintendo Switch units in its first month of release. This is a pretty decent figure since we know Wii U was able to move over two million units in its first six weeks. But with pre-orders as early as today and with the uncertainty in the availability of units, we just hope we don’t get a supply-demand conundrum, which will surely piss off those who jumped onto the pre-order bandwagon.

We do know GAME’s pre-order price for the Nintendo Switch of £999.99, which is rroughly$1,200, is a crazy estimate of the Nintendo Switch’s real price. Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima even teased at an earlier earnings briefing that the price of the Nintendo Switch is more or less what you’d expect from a Nintendo console, GameSpot reports. The Nintendo Wii started at $250 and the Wii U debuted at $300 so it may be a little over those figures, given that the Nintendo Switch is a bit of a novelty right now as a console-mobile hybrid.

But if you’re taking GAME’s pre-order offer anyway, then there’s other information you should be well aware off. If you’re pre-ordering and using PayPal as your payment option, PayPal will attempt to authorize the £999.99 upon order so if your PayPal account is a little short on cash, your order might not go through.

GAME explains in detail:

If you select PayPal as your payment option to pre-order the Nintendo Switch, please be aware that PayPal will attempt to authorise the current £999.99 value, resulting in a pending transaction at that value until the launch date of the Nintendo Switch. This should not interfere with your use of your PayPal account and you will only pay the confirmed price on launch day. Please note that if you do not have sufficient funds available to your PayPal account when you place the pre-order, PayPal may decline to authorise the transaction which will prevent your pre-order from being confirmed.

Well, we’ve been getting rumors of a Nintendo Switch release date clocked on March 17. But official pricing, release date, and more details about the Nintendo Switch will be available to the public on January 12 during Nintendo’s online presentation. Let’s hold out a bit for now.

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