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If you missed out on Nintendo Switch pre-orders, you’ll have a chance to buy one on launch day: GameStop stores will have a “limited supply” of consoles for walk-in customers, the company announced today.

“Customers who were not able to pre-order the system are encouraged to attend GameStop’s midnight launch events,” GameStop said in a news release. The Nintendo Switch will be released worldwide on March 3, nine days from today. Of course, considering how few NES Classic units Nintendo was able to ship to retailers — at launch, most stores were getting allocations in the single digits — the chances of picking up a Switch without a pre-order may be slim.

GameStop also announced that it will sell two different Switch bundles on its website. As is usually the case with these kinds of upsell packages, neither bundle will offer a discount over buying the components separately.

We’ve reached out to GameStop to ask when the two bundles will go live on the retailer’s website, and we’ll update this article with any information we receive.

Update: A GameStop representative told Polygon that the two bundles will go live sometime on the evening of March 2, the same night as the launch events for the Switch.

Update 2 (March 1): More than 3,000 GameStop locations across the U.S. will hold midnight launches for the Nintendo Switch, the retailer said today in a news release. GameStop also reiterated that stores will have “a very limited supply” of Switch units for customers who did not pre-order the console.

Customers looking to trade in items toward the purchase of Switch consoles, games and accessories can take advantage of two special offers at GameStop:

  • Receive up to $100 (PowerUp Rewards Pro members get an extra $25) when trading in a Nintendo Wii U or 3DS system
  • 40 percent extra trade-in credit (PowerUp Reward Pro members get 50%) when trading any games or accessories

The first look at the Nintendo Switch

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