While the Nintendo Switch Lite might have been the star of the show last week, a newly updated regular Nintendo Switch model has been announced today too!
Beginning later this year in Mid-August for North America, Nintendo will begin shipping an updated version of the Nintendo Switch featuring a significantly increased battery life for handheld play.
While the existing model released in 2017 has a battery life range of approximately 2.5 to 6.5 hours, this new updated model will have an extended range of approximately 4.5 to 9 hours. In a real world example, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will run for about 5.5 hours on the new model versus only around 3 hours on the current older model.
For comparison, the Nintendo Switch Lite announced last week sports an estimated 4 hours of gameplay on Breath of the Wild, putting this newly updated regular Nintendo Switch quite a bit beyond the Lite’s battery upgrade.
The price of the Nintendo Switch will remain at the same price of $299 USD and there are no other notable changes beyond the battery life adjustment. Be on the look out for the model number of HAC-001(-01) starting in Mid-August to pick up this new version! It comes inside a new box-art pictured above to help differentiate the models as well.
In addition to the newly updated model, Nintendo has announced two new sets of Joy-Con controller colors: Blue/Neon Yellow and Neon Purple/Neon Orange. These new options will be available to purchase starting on October 4th for the standard price of $79 USD — check them out above!
Finally, a finalized release date has been announced for Luigi’s Mansion 3… on October 31st, aka Halloween! We’d take a guess those new Purple/Orange Joy-Cons were made for the occasion.