Tired of your Switch dying during practice sessions on the go? Well Nintendo just announced a new model is coming this year with improved battery life

Get more time without needing to dig around for cables

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • July 17, 2019 at 8:27 a.m. PDT

The Nintendo Switch has been doing absolute gangbusters for sales since its launch, but apparently the recently-announced Nintendo Switch Lite wasn't the only trick the company had up their sleeves to try and keep the hybrid console's momentum going.

Nintendo revealed today that a new base Switch model will be releasing in 2019 which will reportedly beat the battery life of the Switch Lite that was already touted as lasting hours longer than the launch version.

The comparison web page for the Switch and Switch Lite has been updated to reflect a new model number which is listed as having a battery life range of 4.5–9 hours — the launch model is listed at 2.5–6.5 hours.

Players could approximately play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for three hours on the original Switch while the Lite is listed as lasting four hours — with a range of 3–7 hours total — and the newest model can stand up to 5.5 hours of the open world game.

No other model changes are listed aside from the battery, but it appears as though the updated base version will be hitting stores around the same time as the Switch Lite. The improvement is said to be coming to Japan in late August while Europe will receive it in September — no release window for North America has been confirmed at this time.

This is not the long-rumored Switch 'Pro' which has been speculated about for some time now, so don't expect any extra processing power to come with this battery boost.

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The Switch Lite was also in the rumor mill for many months before finally being shown off to the public last week as an entirely portable version of the system lacking the dock or HDMI out features, but boasting a cheaper price, smaller form factor and extended battery life.

For Fighting games, the Switch has proved quite handy for practicing combos and set ups while away from the TV in games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mortal Kombat 11, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and many others including Samurai Shodown later this year.

The extra battery life will certainly be nice to have during flights, drives, playing in bed or when you want to test things in school or office — just don't get it taken away by your teacher / boss.

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