Ever since the pandemic hit, Nintendo has been struggling to keep up with Switch and Switch Lite demand. However, according to an early August GameSpot report, Switch console production is back in full swing — or close to it, at least. That jibes with what we’ve seen over that past few weeks, with the console popping up at online stores like Best Buy and Amazon at its regular $300 price tag.
Of course, it still sells out within minutes. But now that we’re seeing it in stock at stores on a fairly regular basis, we’re trying to keep closer track. We’ll update this story frequently, but you’ll want to click through below since the inventory status often changes on a minute-by-minute basis.
Update: As of Oct. 4, there are no Nintendo Switch consoles available for online purchase for $300 at Amazon.
Update: As of Oct. 4, there are no Nintendo Switch consoles available for online purchase for $300 at Best Buy.
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What’s a good price for the Switch?
Unsurprisingly, there’s no “deal” to be had at the stores above; the price is set firmly at $299.99, which is the regular SRP. Indeed, it’s been quite a while since we’ve seen any kind of Switch discount. (Holidays, 2019, if memory serves.)
That said, with bundles and used consoles selling for upwards of $400 or more, paying “only” the suggested retail price is a win on this product. (And don’t worry: Nintendo has already confirmed that it has.)
This post is updated regularly as inventory changes occur.
Two members of a console hacking and piracy organization known as Team Xecuter have been arrested and charged with fraud, one of whom is named Gary Bowser. French national Max Louarn and Bowser, originally from Canada but arrested in the Dominican Republic, allegedly led the group, which makes a line of tools for cracking locked-down gaming hardware.
Team Xecuter is a sophisticated operation known best for its Nintendo hacks, including a USB device called the SX Pro that allows the Nintendo Switch to run pirated games. The group’s for-profit motive has made it controversial in the modding and emulation communities, reports Ars Technica, because those communities tend to focus on open-source efforts and shy away from selling products that could draw the attention of both console makers and federal authorities. Team Xecuter also makes hacking tools for the Nintendo 3DS and the NES Classic, among other devices.
Nintendo is well aware of the group, having filed two lawsuits against the organization back in May, with the primary intention of shutting down third-party retailers that resell Team Xecuter’s products online. Nintendo also has a controversial history of its own involving aggressive litigation over unauthorized use of its intellectual property. In more recent years, Nintendo has gone after so-called ROM sites that host ripped game files and other sites and web stores that traffic in pirated content and related hardware tools.
The Justice Department has gone further. “These defendants were allegedly leaders of a notorious international criminal group that reaped illegal profits for years by pirating video game technology of U.S. companies,” Brian C. Rabbitt, the acting assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, said in a statement. “These arrests show that the department will hold accountable