Don’t have a Switch pre-order and want to get the Switch on day one? We can help! There are plenty of options open for those of you who don’t have Switch pre-orders right now!
From one of our sources, we know that Best Buys will be getting day one allocations of Switch units that exceed their pre-order units by 30 or more, based on the size of the store and the amount of pre-orders they received. So if you’re looking to get a Switch at Best Buy on launch day, you’re in pretty good luck assuming there’s not 30+ people ahead of you waiting.
Best Buy Stores will also be giving out a free Zelda poster (while supplies last) for those that show up to midnight releases! To see if your store is doing a midnight release, simply go here. If your store is in the drop-down list, you are good to go for the midnight release! Otherwise, you’ll have to wait till your store opens in the morning.
Toys”R”Us, while not accepting pre-orders, will have stock of Nintendo Switch’s on launch day. While they will probably not be doing midnight releases, you can always call your local Toys”R”Us to check with them. You have a good chance of walking in on launch day and picking one up. We would recommend going in at your stores opening, just to be safe.
While GameStop was a highly used pre-order destination, there is a large chance of them having excess Switch units on launch day. If you are a Pro member, you can also take advantage of their 50% extra trade in credit towards Nintendo Switch games and accessories. You can check Gamestop’s site to see if your local store is doing a midnight release! As always, we’d recommend going in as early as possible to try to secure yourself a unit.
Walmart was very under-utilized when it came to pre-orders. Usually when people think to pre-order or pick up a game system, they don’t automatically think Walmart. This, however, is good news for those who don’t have pre-orders and wish to pick up a system on day one. I have many friends who have picked up special edition copies of video games and video game consoles the night of release, all because everyone else was busy waiting in line at stores like GameStop. Depending on your destination, Walmart could have plenty of stock left over for you. If they are a 24 hour Supercenter, you have an even better chance of picking one up at midnight on launch day. You may want to contact your local Walmart and ask if they will have extra Nintendo Switch stock on launch day.
Now, if you don’t have time to wait in line at midnight or are very busy on launch day, there is still hope for you to get a system very soon after launch. Online retailers will be continuously restocking Nintendo Switch’s, but chances are that those will go quite quickly so soon after launch. However, there are ways to get alerted when systems go back in stock! One of these being nowinstock.net. NowInStock is a free web service that will alert you when popular items go back in stock online. All you have to do is go on their website and sign up for alerts! You can get these updates through email and text, while the fastest option currently would be through their Google group. Just follow the instructions here and you will be alerted as soon as the Nintendo Switch gets restocked. Just make sure you are up to date on your email and text messages.
These items we have outlined above are only a few options. Other stores like Target and non-chain local electronic and nearby video game stores are likely to have Nintendo Switch units in stock on launch day, if not, soon after. So don’t lose hope. If all else fails and you can’t seem to get a Nintendo Switch, just be patient. Don’t be shy to ask your friends and family to help as well. The only reason I was able to get a Wii U even close to launch was because my friend happened to stop by a local Target store right when they happened to be stocking the system. He knew I wanted one and picked it up, but if he hadn’t known I was interested, he probably wouldn’t have been looking in the first place! Here’s wishing all of you day-one Switchers good luck, and be sure to join our Discord for more help and/or discussion about the Nintendo Switch and other video game consoles!