With the Nintendo Switch launching this Friday, March 3, gamers who haven’t been able to secure a pre-order are likely wondering what their chances are when it comes to picking up the portable console on launch day. To help those out there who’d like to pick up a Switch when it first becomes available, here’s a quick run down of which retailers are promising to have the consoles available to the general public, and when those retailers will be opening the floodgates.

Big box retailers Target, Best Buy, and Wal-Mart have all confirmed that they will have some amount of Nintendo Switch units available for those without pre-orders, but numbers with be limited and in very high demand. Target will start selling the Switch at 8AM on March 3, while both Best Buy and 24-hour Wal-Mart Supercenters will be supporting midnight launches of the console. Wal-Mart advises consumers near Wal-Marts with regular hours to call ahead to see when the store will be opening, and how many Nintendo Switch units will be available for walk-in sales. Those who trek to Best Buy’s midnight launch will also get free The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild posters while supplies last.

More game-centric retailers like GameStop will also be supporting walk-in sales. However, gamers will have to call ahead to check and see when these stores will be opening up their doors for such.


The Nintendo Switch will retail for $300, though the console won’t come bundled with any games. Consumer demand for the hardware is expected to be very high (certainly much higher than the Wii U), and the Big N plans to ship out 2 million units this March in order to keep the shelves somewhat stocked. We’ve taken the liberty of crafting a Nintendo Switch launch guide that contains everything anyone would need to know about the Nintendo Switch for the foreseeable future, and it’s certainly worth taking a gander at if one is considering picking up the console this Friday.

With 12 games confirmed for the console’s big launch day, it looks like The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild is unsurprisingly the biggest must-have title on the docket, although it will also be launching for the Wii U as well. Day one consumers may also want to take a gander at 1-2-Switch, which more or less functions as a demo of the console’s technical abilities in a similar fashion to what Wii Sports did for the original Nintendo Wii. Additional Joy-Cons to get a second player in on the action will retail for $80.

Are you planning on picking up the Nintendo Switch on launch day, Ranters?

The Nintendo Switch launches on Friday, March 3, 2017.

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