According to a PSA from Reddit user u/DarthMewtwo (via Polygon), if you purchased your Nintendo Switch after July 17, 2019, you may be able to upgrade it for free to the newest model recently announced. However, he also added that other regions might not have this offer available, so it depends on your location. Other Reddit users also reached out to Nintendo to confirm whether this was possible and confirmed that to be the case. So if you were bummed that you got your Switch right before a new model was announced, here’s your chance to bump it up a notch and enjoy that extra battery life.

As we noted in our original report, the new model’s battery life will be 4.5-9 hours as opposed to the original’s 2.5 to 6.5 hours. It’s quite the upgrade, and it should help you endure one of those long international flights if you have one coming up. That will depend on the game you’re running, however, as the most resource-intensive games will use up more CPU-GPU power and drain your battery faster. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of those, whereas some pixelated indie games will have a lighter load.

How To Trade In Your Nintendo Switch With Gamestop

Gamestop also announced today that you can trade-in your old Nintendo Switch (that is, from before July 17) for a new one for an extra $75, which is a pretty decent deal. Normally, the trade would be for $200, but right now it’s on offer for $225. Of course, the device must be in “full working condition.” You can check with the Trade-in page first and see how to go about it. This offer is only valid until September 15, so make sure you don’t miss it.

Are you trading in your old Nintendo Switch for a new one? Or are you fine with your current, slightly outdated model? Drop your comments below!


Richard Costa

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Hack for hire, indentured egghead, maverick thoughtcriminal. Mainly interested in Western RPGs, first-person immersion, turn-based tactics, point-and-clickers, and card jousting.



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