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How To Buy A Nintendo Switch At Launch Without Preordering (Possibly)

You might be able to get one for launch.


[UPDATE] Walmart has now confirmed that it will also have Nintendo Switch units available for walk-in shoppers at launch on Friday, March 3. 24-hour Walmart Supercenters will start selling the consoles at 12:01 AM local time on March 3. For stores that are not open 24 hours, Walmart said it advises people to call their local store to find out when units will be available to buy.

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The Nintendo Switch launches this Friday, March 3. Preorders for the console are sold out basically everywhere. However, if you're in the market for the system, you may still have a chance to get one for launch.

According to WWG, retailers Target and Best Buy have now confirmed that they will have some amount of units available at their stores for walk-in shoppers on launch day or via midnight release events. GameStop, too, will offer systems for walk-in shoppers, the retailer announced last week.

Target will have Nintendo Switch stock available for walk-in shoppers starting at 8 AM local time on March 3.

Best Buy will open its stores at 12:01 AM on March 3. People can buy the Nintendo Switch itself, as well as games and accessories. Additionally, the store is giving out free Zelda posters while supplies last. You can find out if your local Best Buy is holding an event on this website.

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There is no word on how many units any of the retailers will have available at launch. Nintendo has said it will ship 2 million Nintendo Switch units worldwide in March.

The Nintendo Switch costs $300 and does not come with any pack-in games. Extra sets of Joy-Con controllers are available for $80.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is arguably the Nintendo Switch's biggest launch title. You can see all the launch games here and every title confirmed for the system here.

For more on the Nintendo Switch, check out GameSpot's roundup of everything you need to know about the soon-to-launch console.

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