The $299 Nintendo Switch is finally here, delivering a host of fun play modes and a masterpiece of a new Zelda game — for those that have been lucky enough to snag one, that is. Nintendo's new hybrid console is currently a bit tricky to track down, so here are your best options right now.
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If you're one of the many, many folks who missed out on a Switch pre-order, you might still have a chance at getting the console in stores. Major retailers such as GameStop, Target, Walmart and Best Buy as well as Nintendo's flagship New York store all carry the new console, though some locations have better stock than others. We had a fairly easy time buying a Switch at Best Buy during the afternoon on launch day, but the system has become fairly scarce since then.
You might have to wait a while before they're back in stock. We recommend reaching out to your store of choice to get a better idea of availability. In April, stock may improve, as Nintendo is reportedly doubling the number of Switch units it is producing in order to keep up with demand.
Major retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy and Target all have buy pages for the Nintendo Switch, though the system has been going in and out of stock online. According to our most recent look at NowInStock.net on Mar. 14, the Switch is out of stock virtually everywhere besides eBay, where most folks are selling the console for well above retail price. If you're hoping to score a Switch online, you should bookmark this page, as well as follow your favorite store on Twitter for real-time updates.
Again, when Nintendo starts doubling down on production, we're expecting more availability on the web.
The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid games console that you can play on your TV and also take on the go, thanks to a built-in display and a set of detachable controllers. In our full review, we praised the system's impressively versatile design and ease of use, through we had some concerns about the system's controllers and currently-thin game lineup.
The system launched with the much-lauded The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is already being considered one of Nintendo's all-time best titles thanks to its charming world and thrilling sense of player freedom. Heavy hitters such as Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are slated for later this year, and there are promising stable of indie games coming to Switch such as Shovel Knight and Stardew Valley.