Just shortly after announcing the incoming Switch Lite, Nintendo went ahead and quietly revealed that another new Switch model was on the way. This time, it would be a revision of the original, or ‘flagship’ Switch that would offer a significantly improved battery life over the initial variant. This new revision possesses a change in the model number; in the US, they’re identified by the number HAC-001(-01) and the serial code starts with XKW.

The easiest way to identify the revised model is by the change in packaging design. The new boxes are all red (the original was red and white) and show the system at a different angle.

This revised model of the Switch was set to begin making its way out into the public by August. Now that it’s officially August, sightings have begun to surface. The revision has already made it to Hong Kong, and even Australia. As the revised units become more prevalent around the world, it would seem likely that the original model will be gradually phased out.

Revised Joy-Con, too?

Recently, US-based YouTuber ‘DreamcastGuy’ tweeted out a picture of him holding a box with a revised Switch. In his caption, he also claims that the Joy-Con also feel “a little different”. In a comment, he elaborates that it appears there’s been a change in material and thus thinks Nintendo has now “built them to be stronger.” He then mentioned that he’d elaborate on this point a little bit more in the future.

If DreamcastGuy’s hunch about the Joy-Con being revised is true, then it shows that Nintendo really has been listening to the criticism that’s been brought up about the arguably shoddy build quality of the controllers. Seeing that the company went far enough to improve the battery life of the Switch itself, which has also been a point of controversy in the past, I’m not surprised if improvements to the Joy-Con really have been made.

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A.K Rahming
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.

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