How to preorder the Nintendo Switch – CNET


It’s a tablet, a console and a portable multiplayer tabletop game system all-in-one…and it looks pretty darn awesome. The new Nintendo Switch console follows the NES Classic and Super Mario Run in a line of products that have titillated gamers in recent months.

You’re probably dying to get your hands on one. Well, hold up. Here’s what you need to know about snagging the magically versatile $300 (£280, AU$470) gaming system.

Update, 5:41 p.m. PT: GameStop seems to be sold out online, but you may want to check with your local stores. Target shows the gray version available for preorder, but this seems to vary hour to hour.Walmart and Amazon are sold out. You can sign up for availability alerts with Amazon by clicking on the link, though. Best Buy also appears to be sold out, but says on its site that more are coming soon. We’ll be updating this piece as the Switch is restocked or when new information is released, so stay tuned!

Where to get it

You won’t be able to get your hands on a Switch until March. The official release date is March 3. It will come in gray or a more colorful option with neon-blue and neon-red Joy-Con controllers.

As of right now, there are several places where you can preorder the Switch. Nintendo tweeted that a limited quantity of preorders will be available Friday, January 13, at 9 a.m. ET at the Nintendo Store in New York.

You can also preorder the Switch at GameStop, Amazon, Target, Walmart and Best Buy.

At GameStop stores you can get up to a $75 extra credit with the trade-in of used consoles that can go toward a Switch preorder.

If you want to try it out before anyone else, Nintendo is taking the Switch on the road to six North American cities. Here’s where and when you can wait in line to get your hands on it:

  • New York: Jan. 13-15
  • Toronto: Jan. 27-29
  • Washington, D.C.: Feb. 10-12
  • Chicago: Feb. 17-19
  • San Francisco: Feb. 24-26
  • Los Angeles: March 3-5

Don’t show up on the first two days, though. The Friday and Saturday of each stop are invite-only. Each Sunday is free and open to the public and will be your best chance to try the Switch before its release date.

What it will cost

The Switch unit will officially cost $300, AU$470 or £280. If Nintendo restricts production, as it did with the NES Classic, you may see the Switch’s price jacked up hundreds of dollars by third-party sellers when it’s finally released.

Nintendo says online gaming services will be free for a trial period after the console is released, but will become a subscription service this fall. The unit will come with a Switch console, two Joy-Con joysticks, two Joy-Con wrist straps, a Joy-Con Grip, the Nintendo Switch Dock, a HDMI cable and an AC adapter. (Confused? Here’s more information about the new Joy-Con controllers.)

The Nintendo Pro controller will be sold separately for $70 (AU$95, £60). Additional Joy-Con controllers will be sold for $80 (AU$105, £65).


Nintendo has partnered with a lot of companies, such as Activision, EA, Capcom, Sega and Konami, in the hopes of providing a great selection of games for the Switch. The highly anticipated Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be a launch title. Super Mario Odyssey will be released during the holiday season of 2017. There will also be a Mario Kart Deluxe 8.

Over 80 third-party games are currently in development, such as Dragon Quest Heroes 1 and 2 and Project Octopath Traveler. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, FIFA, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Fire Emblem Warriors are also coming to the Switch.

During the Nintendo Switch presentation, two new games were shown to highlight the HD Rumble feature in the Joy-Con controllers. 1, 2, Switch is a party game, while Arms is a boxing game. 1, 2, Switch releases on the same day as the console and Arms releases in spring 2017.

Want more? We can help: Here’s everything we know about the Switch.

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