Reviews - Updated on April 9, 2022

The release of a new revision of the console is a common and even expected phenomenon. Not everyone wants to take the prefix at the start and prefer to wait for the “pumped” model, which will correct the shortcomings of the original. And, as a person who has the first revision of the 3DS, I really understand these people.

For Switch, Nintendo also made no exception. The improved model of the device was first available only in Japan and North America, but a little later, in early September, it reached Europe, including Russia. With two consoles on hand – old and new, I’ll tell you what has changed in the updated version and how it feels compared to the 2017 Nintendo Switch.

Find 10 Differences - Overview of the new revision of Nintendo Switch

In addition to the screen console itself, the Nintendo Switch still includes a docking station that allows you to connect the set-top box to a TV, an HDMI cable, a power supply, a left and right Joy-Con with straps and a holder that transforms these detachable parts into a full-fledged controller. Well, the instruction, of course, where without it.

inner strength

The most important difference between the “pumped” model is that it holds a charge longer – in offline mode, the improved console can work up to 9 hours (but not in demanding games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Astral Chain). For comparison, the original Nintendo Switch was discharged in 3-6 hours, again depending on the game.

For the sake of experiment, I launched the latest The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening offline on both consoles (by the way, including one game from the same profile on different systems is still dancing with a tambourine). In an hour from a full charge, the updated Switch had 81% left, but the old revision could not boast of such frugality: its battery showed 67%. In order to discharge completely, it took her only three hours with a little. The fresh model, with the same running game, worked for two hours longer.

This improvement was achieved not by changing the battery at all, but by updating the Tegra X1 processor – if the chip in the previous revision was called Logan, then the new one was named Mariko, in honor of one of Wolverine’s lovers. Thanks to Mariko, the console began to consume much less electricity.

Alas, the new chip does not affect the graphics and performance of the games themselves: frame drops in Link’s Awakening remain the same. Its task is precisely to reduce battery power consumption, and it does an excellent job of it.

By the way, since the console has the same battery, it has not become lighter or heavier: with attached controllers, it still weighs about 400 grams.

Find 10 Differences - Overview of the new revision of Nintendo Switch

The box will help you not to confuse the new revision with the old one – in the fresh version it is bright red.

Small parts

It is difficult to find external differences between the original and the “pumped” consoles: they are almost identical, and, putting them side by side, you can even confuse one with the other. However, there are still minor changes. Firstly, the back wall and joycons have become less smooth and glossy – they seem to be rubberized to the touch. This is quite convenient – the less the console slides in your hands, the lower the likelihood that it will then have to be assembled around the cabin of an aircraft or subway car. And in general, the dullness makes the prefix neater: fingerprints are no longer so noticeable on it.

Another difference is screen brightness. In the updated version, it seems higher, especially if, for comparison, unscrew it both there and there to the maximum. The colors are warmer and more saturated. Again, this is not very noticeable when just playing, however, if you put two consoles side by side, it’s hard not to pay attention to it.

Find 10 Differences - Overview of the new revision of Nintendo Switch

The old and new revisions side by side offer to take and find 10 differences. And do not pay attention to the multi-colored “joy-cons”! The original Switch also has them, as well as the gray ones in the updated one.


The console from Nintendo has really undergone modernization, but the language does not dare to call it serious. Despite the fact that the Switch still has problems: the stand is still flimsy, and it is unlikely that anyone will dare to use it at all, the docking station can still scratch the screen (a protective film will help you, but you will have to purchase it separately), and in the places where the “joycons” are attached will definitely have a backlash.

On the other hand, no one promised anything fundamentally new. The improved revision is designed over time to simply replace the 2017 version in stores, especially since they have the same price. If three extra hours of battery life was sorely lacking for you, then this model is worth paying attention to. Otherwise, you can safely wait for the next version. Or look towards the fully portable Switch Lite, a review of which will soon appear on our website.

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