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X (formerly Twitter) user Tal Helfgott said that he managed to buy the game ahead of its official release, showing a photo of its box as proof.
According to Helfgott, some of the game has to be downloaded, but because he has it early it’s not yet possible to do this – he’s instead taken to the pre-order page for the game on the Switch eShop.
Despite this, at least some of the game is playable, and Helfgott appears to be pleased, referring to it as “another impossible port” for the Switch.
The game doesn’t allow players to capture video footage directly by holding the Capture button – something that occasionally happens in games that push the Switch’s capabilities to its limits.
Instead, then, Helfgott recorded video of the game being played on the Switch on handheld mode, where performance appears to be relatively stable.
The Switch port of Hogwarts Legacy, which was originally due out earlier this year, will officially be released on November 14, priced at $60 for the standard edition.
The title was comfortably Europe’s best-selling game in the first half of 2023, selling over 12 million copies in the first two weeks following its PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC release on February 10.
Hogwarts Legacy’s release came amid significant controversy surrounding book author JK Rowling’s publicly-stated views on transgender rights.
Despite performing well, the game was boycotted by some Harry Potter fans due to public comments from Rowling perceived by many to be transphobic (for a full breakdown of the situation, we recommend this article by Glamour).