Re: Nintendo Switch Pre-Order Thread
It's official release date is March 3rd. But for anyone who still wants to pre-order them, although Amazon had completely sold out of all their pre-allocated units that they got the first time round, I noticed last week that two of the amazon countries made a second batch available again. (Amazon France, and Amazon UK were the two I saw). Depending on their shipping settings, they may even ship internationally aswell, so it may not even matter if you happen to live in a different country. If neither of those countries turn out not to have enabled shipping in your area though, being as they seem to have acquired more units, this is also likely to mean that the other countries may start accepting pre-orders again aswell. So is always worth checking. Another tip I have is to also check the lesser known places that sell games and consoles. I recently found that there was a local store near me that still has allocated units left to pre-order. (basically because most people think of the major retail chains first, so they sell out faster, whereas many of the smaller stores not as many people have thought to check yet, so haven't yet sold out of even their first pre-allocated batch).
Originally Posted by James Falconer
I even found that I could get the Limited Edition version of the Zelda Breath of the Wild game that had sold out everywhere else was available in a couple of local stores too, so all is not lost for anyone who has happened to miss out on either of those things. (You just need to search a little deeper, and think outside of the box). While my local store unfortunately does not do international shipping, so probably wouldn't be useful to anyone reading this, my point is that there may be many other local stores near you that have some left also. So don't be afraid of broadening your search, and even think of things like widening your internet searches to countries you wouldn't have initially thought of looking in. (google translate will help in cases where we don't speak the language of the sites that show availability in). -Pasting the web address directly into google translate and clicking the link it spits out in the translation window basically will open the whole page translated into the language you set. (and every link you click thereafter will be translated too, so you can browse literally any site that way in your own language). I do this all the time!
So there are always multiple different ways to go about finding them, it just requires thinking smart.
The other great thing about Nintendo Switch is that (unlike alot of their previous consoles) the Switch and all its games are Region Free, and the games will automatically play in the language you set your console up as in the region settings, so all games will work and will play in your own language, no matter what country you purchased either your console or your games from.
For this reason, another tip that many may also find helpful is that it also helps to shop around when looking for games and accessories, as you can often get better prices by checking on xe currency converter what the price works out as in your own currency. For example, when the Switch was first released, they were cheaper to buy in the USA, second cheapest in UK (so was useful when all the USA ones ran out of stock) and then in the Euro countries, oddly enough the initial RRP price varied quite a bit (depending on which country you were searching in). The RRP in Euros in France was often cheaper than Italy for example, but not always, so worth comparing that also). Additionally, also bear in mind that currency exchange rates change all the time (even from moment to moment) so never take that pecking order as a given. The smartest way is to always check the currency conversion rate live at the exact time of purchase, as this is the most guaranteed way to always ensure you are getting the best price.
So hope those tips are helpful for anyone still wanting to get hold of Nintendo Switch stuff (....or even when shopping for anything for that matter)