The new Nintendo Switch Model

What is Nintendo Switch?

Nintendo Switch (first generation) was released in March 2017, and has made waves in the gaming industry. Nintendo Switch has differentiated itself from its competitors by allowing you to use it as a stationary gaming console or portable device which you can bring with you anywhere. 

What is Nintendo Switch-Lite?

For anyone looking to buy a Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch-Lite, it can be confusing. At least for me it was initially. Let’s take a look at how they are different-same.

The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid gaming device which can be either portable or stationary. There are two versions out in the market today, one which was released in 2017 and the latest model which is an upgraded version from the 2017 model. 

The Nintendo Switch-Lite, however, is just a portable gaming device. It’s a bit smaller, shorter battery life and about $100 cheaper than the regular Nintendo Switch

Unlike the Nintendo Switch-Lite, the Nintendo Switch can also be played using your television, hence, “stationary”.

One other drawback with the Nintendo Switch Lite compared to the regular Nintendo Switch is the amount of games available. While both systems can play the same games, the Nintendo Switch Lite has the controller built-in. Some games may require the Joy-con or Pro controller.

What's the difference between the old & new models of the Nintendo Switch?

Now that we got any confusion regarding the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite out the way, let’s review the new Nintendo Switch model.

The newer Nintendo Switch model will have a much longer battery life. The old model lasted between 2.5 to 6 hours. The new model of Nintendo Switch will last 4.5 to 9 hours. This upgrade will make a difference in your game playing experience.

New Model Release Schedule

In the summer of 2019, Nintendo released the new version for the Nintendo Switch to the US, Japan and Europe.

Ways you can tell the old from the new model

The Box

OLD-Nintendo-Switch
New-Nintendo-Switch

Nintendo had repackaged the newer Nintendo Switch model in an all-red box. Whereas, the older model since 2017, will have the white background as shown above.

Serial Number

Nintendo switch - XAW

If you look at the bottom of the box, you will notice a see-thru window where you can identify the serial number. The new model will start with “XKW”, whereas, the older model will start with “XAW”.

Model Number

You can check the back of the Nintendo Switch to confirm which model you’ve received. The newer Nintendo Switch models will start with “HAC”.

To Buy the Newer Model Nintendo Switch

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Final Thoughts

What does this all mean? Well, you can expect Nintendo and retailers alike to start slashing prices for the older Nintendo Switch models. For example, during Black Friday, there were many deals on Nintendo Switch to find out they were all the older models.

Hopefully with his information, you’ll be able to determine which Nintendo Switch models you’re getting and what the new upgrade is included with the newer Nintendo Switch model.

Any additional thoughts you’d like to share, please leave a comment below!

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  1. Venice Savko

    I seriously cannot wait for that Pokemon Sword And Shield expansion pass. I really wish it didn’t cost money though. Why is Nintendo charging?? It’s not cheap either. Danggggiittt!

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