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The Nintendo Switch is officially a real thing. Following last night's official announcement pre-orders went live, but it's already getting difficult to track them down. A number of major retailers have already stopped accepting pre-orders for the Switch console, though it is still available in at least one place if you're willing to spend a bit more money.

The basic Nintendo Switch system is available in two options, with either gray or neon colored Joy-Con controllers for $299.99. For the most part, you may not be able to choose which you want if you really want the system at launch.

Best Buy

Best Buy is only offering pre-orders on the standard console and games. There are no bundles or added incentives. Currently, the Best Buy website will allow you to pre-order the console, however, unlike the launch games that list the March 3 release date, Best Buy lists the shipping date of the console as "Not Available" in many areas, so it's possible that the launch allocation has been spent. However, as the system will also be available to pick up in-store, it's possible that you may be able to still grab one, depending on where you live.

All games are also available for pre-order, including the Special Editions of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.


Gamestop has the most options available when it comes to pre-orders, which may explain why they still have pre-orders open. While both basic systems are no longer available, Gamestop is offering a number of bundles that are.

The Nintendo Switch Starter Bundle includes the system, along with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, 1-2 Switch, and Has Been Heroes. It also includes a cleaning and protection kit. As of this writing, only the system with gray controllers is currently available. The bundle goes for $437.99

The Nintendo Switch Comprehensive Bundle includes the same three games in the Starter Bundle as well as The Binding of Issac: Afterbirth and Redout, but it does not include the cleaning and protection kit. Both controller color options are currently available for a list price of $509.99

Finally, Gamestop is offering The Nintendo Switch Ultimate Bundle which includes every item in both previous bundles, as well as copies of Just Dance 2017, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This package is apparently only available with gray Joy-Con controllers as there is no listing for the Red/Blue version. The price is $637.99

In addition, both special editions of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are not currently available for pre-order, but all other games are.


Walmart seems to have the most limited setup online. They only list a single SKU for the Switch console, and currently, it is listed as out of stock. You can submit your email address to be informed when the item is back in stock. I briefly witnessed the console being available for preorder, before it being listed as out of stock again, so it appears that a few units are being added now and then. You can also save three cents over the standard retail price, so there's that.

While the console may not be available to pre-order online, it may still be available to pre-order in your local store. Those interested can visit the pick-up desk and can reserve a console for launch day by putting 10% down.


When I first went to Target's website it told me that I could I pre-order the Red/Blue version of the console, but upon trying to do so I was told it was out of stock. Then I seemed to be able to order it, but shipping restrictions prevented me from shipping to my location. If you can pre-order, you will need to pay for express shipping in order to get it on launch day. Additional Red/Blue Joy-Cons and the Special Edition of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are also currently unavailable.


Like WalMart, Amazon is not currently accepting pre-orders, limiting things to emailing you if and when more stock is available. Most of the rest of the Switch lineup can be preordered, although, like other retailers the special editions of Breath of the Wild also appear to be closed to pre-orders at the moment as well.

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