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Here’s why you shouldn’t buy a Nintendo Switch until mid-August

You may want to wait just a few more weeks before you spend your hard-earned cash.


Mikael Thalen

Internet Culture

Published Jul 22, 2019   Updated May 20, 2021, 8:15 am CDT

If you’re in the market for a new Nintendo Switch, you may want to wait just a few more weeks before you throw down your hard-earned cash.

Nintendo recently announced that it would be releasing an updated Switch model with extended battery life. And not only that, the new, upgraded device will cost exactly the same as the current one: $299.99.

While the current Switch lasts anywhere from two-and-a-half to six-and-a-half hours before needing to be recharged, the new version boasts a battery life of four-and-a-half to nine hours.

Slated to be released sometime in mid-August, the improved Switch will give players a substantial boost on some of the console’s most popular games. Nintendo estimates that the upgraded model will be able to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for five-and-a-half as opposed to just three hours on the regular Switch.

For those interested in waiting, be sure to check the device’s box when you go to buy it. The new device will have the model number “HAC-001(-01)” while the original Switch’s model number is “HAC-001.” Nintendo also put a red background on the box of the new Switch as opposed to the white background on the box of the original.

Other than the improved battery life, the upgraded device will look and act just like the old one. And since its the same price, it’s definitely worth suppressing that instant gratification.

This upgraded Switch is not to be confused with the Nintendo Switch Lite, which was announced by the gaming company last week and is set to be released in late September. Nintendo also has plans to launch the Nintendo Switch 2 sometime in the future.


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*First Published: Jul 22, 2019, 5:11 pm CDT