Nintendo released a new Switch model last August, but still sells the original.
The latest one, still called Nintendo Switch, is available in stores for the same price as the original. It comes with a better battery life, and that’s just about the only noticeable difference, to be honest.
However, as many stores have original stock, how can you tell the difference?
Old Nintendo Switch vs new Switch
The new model is said to have a better battery life – around two hours extra. It also has a new processor, although that is more to improve energy consumption rather than enhance performance.
How to tell which Switch you’re buying
If you want to find the latest Nintendo Switch, which began hitting retail stores in mid-August 2019, here’s how:
Look at the box containing the Switch:
The packaging for the new Nintendo Switch (2019) has a bright red background.
The packaging for the old Nintendo Switch has a grey background with a hand.
Next, confirm the serial number.
The new Switch should have a serial number – located on the bottom of the console – that starts with the letters XKW. Some online retailers, such as Amazon, may even designate the serial number in their product listings.
Model codes and numbers
Unfortunately, many online retailers don’t show the serial number and may even show packaging for the old Switch, so to be extra sure when shopping online, you will also need to check the model number on the listing.
The new Nintendo Switch has a model code that starts with HAD:
- HADSKABAA for the model with the blue and red Joy-Con controllers
- HADSKAAAA for the model with grey Joy-Con controllers
Note: Original Nintendo Switch models start with the letters HAC.
Additionally, when holding the new Nintendo Switch in your hands, check the model number on the back. The new Nintendo Switch has a number that should read HAC-001 (-01), while the original has a model number of HAC-001.