What you need to know
- The new Switch with improved battery life releases mid-August.
- The new Switch will have different packaging from the original Switch.
- The new packaging design hasn't been revealed yet.
In the past, Nintendo has been known to make changes to its products without being clear about it. For instance, there are several different versions of the Pro Controller. However, aside from the barcode, the packaging has remained the same for all of them.
Since Nintendo first announced that it would be releasing a new Nintendo Switch with improved battery life, one big question has been my mind: How will I be able to tell if I'm purchasing the new Switch versus just buying the original? The hardware will look the same, but I'll obviously want the one that can last up to 10 hours on one charge. We reached out to Nintendo of America for answers. We were informed that the packaging for the new Switch will look different.
Nintendo of America was unable to tell us what the new package design will look like, but know that you should be able to tell the difference between the existing Switch and the new one fairly easily. As Nintendo stated, availability will depend on the stores in your area. If you plan to buy the new Switch online, it might be a little more difficult to tell if you're getting the old version versus the new one. To increase the odds of getting the correct device, make sure you purchase the new console from a trusted seller, like Amazon or Best Buy. It's also a good idea to hold onto the receipt in case you need to make a return.
Unfortunately, the new Switch isn't available for pre-order just yet. We'll get the word out when that changes. In the meantime, you can pre-order the Nintendo Switch Lite if that's of interest.
The smaller more portable Switch
This is a dedicated handheld gaming system that can play Nintendo Switch games. It's smaller than the original Switch and has longer-lasting battery life. Choose between Yellow, Turquoise, or Gray.
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Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.