Deal Ends Soon: Get New Nintendo Switch For $75 With Trade-In Offer At GameStop

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There's nothing worse than taking your Nintendo Switch on a long plane ride or some other extended outing, only to have the battery die after a couple hours (depending on how much battery the game uses). Luckily, Nintendo has finally answered this problem with a newer Switch model that extends the console's battery life, upgrading it from roughly 2.5-6.5 hours of playtime to 4.5-9 hours of playtime. That's a huge jump, and it's going to save you from needing to dock your console or fumble with a charger after just a couple of hours. The new model is available at some retailers now, and if you were hesitant about shelling out another $300 USD just to improve your battery life, GameStop's latest trade-in offer could make you reconsider.

Assuming you no longer need your original Switch, you can trade in the launch model for $225, up from the usual $200, as part of a limited-time deal at GameStop stores. Of course, that trade value is for a Switch in "full working condition." This brings the $300 Switch revision to $75, though you don't have to use the trade value exclusively towards it. This trade-in offer is valid until September 15.

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This deal has led many to wonder if GameStop will allow in-store data transfer between an old console and the new Switch. While some lucky folks have been allowed to make the transfer at GameStop, the process likely won't be that simple for most people. We reached out to GameStop, and the retailer recommends following these steps if you want to transfer old data to a new Switch:

  1. Purchase the new Nintendo Switch at GameStop and keep the receipt
  2. Take the new Switch home and perform the data transfer
  3. Bring the new Switch box and receipt back to GameStop, along with the old Switch you want to trade
  4. Receive a full refund for the new Switch you purchased
  5. Trade in your old Switch to receive $225 credit
  6. Re-purchase your new Switch using trade-in credit, paying only $75 to make the difference

We know--that's a lot of steps. But transferring data between two Nintendo Switches is quite the process in itself, so realistically, a retailer may not be able to help you do it in-store. We recommend speaking to a manager at your local GameStop about what you intend to do when making the initial purchase.

The Switch revision's upgraded battery life may be the star of the show, but the Tegra X1 processor also runs cooler, which in turn keeps your Switch from heating up as much. However, it's important to note that this is not a Switch Pro or equivalent to the upgraded consoles that the PS4 and Xbox One got. You won't see any increases in performance or loading time.

Of course, if you'd rather trade your old Switch in for a Nintendo Switch Lite, then you can use your $225 trade credit towards a pre-order for that instead. The Switch Lite costs $200 and releases on September 20, five days after this trade-in promotion ends, so you will need to live without your console for a little bit. You can pre-order the Switch Lite here. However, if you'd prefer to not trade in your Switch at all, or just don't own one yet, you can purchase the new Switch through the links below. If you decide to buy the console elsewhere, here's how to distinguish the new Switch from the older model.

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well i ended up trading it on Monday and honestly i can tell the difference in the stronger battery there's a video on you tube that i found that was 20 minutes long where it shows that there are more things on it than just a stronger battery. they could have given us more MB though before i even put any of my games on it i saw i had only 25 GB what the **** ya know? i thought it has 32?

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Hello. Friendly Neighborhood Gamestop employee here. I was made aware of this article by four customers who were expecting to pay $75 on a Switch upgrade today, and I would like to point out a few discrepancies, and request that they be fixed so that I don't have to waste time explaining the actual situation.

The $200 trade value is for the new model Switch, not the old one. The old is still $175 (as it has been for about the past year), so with the trade bump, it is only $200, not $225.

Another thing, although it's not technically a discrepancy, is the fact that tax was not mentioned. Normally it wouldn't be an issue, but considering there is approximately a $20 difference in tax between a $100 item and a $300 item, I feel it's worth mentioning, because people don't realize that, despite only paying $100 out of pocket, they are still buying a $300 item.

In reality, the customer is not paying $75, but closer to $125 (depending on local sales tax). That is a $50 discrepancy, and so I once again request that it be amended as soon as possible.

Thank you.

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Just a heads up guys I went in today and found out that Gamestop reduced the trade-in value on the switch by............................ you guessed it $25 so it's $100 to upgrade. wasn't a deal breaker for me but I definitely wasn't happy about it either.

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@malkeighayers: Switch has traded in for $175 for almost a year now. It's the new model that trades in for $200. Gamespot probably misread the models when they did their research.

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Can’t speak for others, but I did indeed trade in my Switch for the upgraded one *and* they did the in-store transfer.

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So basically 75 bucks for 2-2.5 more hours of playtime. What a deal (not)

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@cantor2537: 75 bucks for double the playtime, joycons that won't drift, better screen, and the inability to hack your console.

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A steal :) 75 bucks LOL

Instead, if you are on a long journey and have time to spend playing for 9 hours straight; then you can either buy an airplane AC adapter or a power bank; which last twice as much as the internal Switch battery. Neither cost more than 75 bucks, and you save the hassle to deal with gamestop and transfer your data.

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4-9 hours? Battery life still isn't that great, tbh.

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@cybuster_88: is not just the Battery that is improved. New Switch has a improved Nvidia chipset that runs more efficient and cooler.
I guess the problem with the joycon also has improved.

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I’m cool. I will stick with my current Switch till the Pro version arrives. I play my PS4 more than my Switch and it is usually docked. The extra battery life is irrelevant to me I just want those blue and red joy cons

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so if i understand this right and i hope i do, if i take my switch in to game stop i can trade it in for one with a longer battery ?

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@wildhoney66: Well, "trade it and $75 plus tax," but yes.

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Let’s be honest here...

Power efficiency was just one problem from the original switch and it’s great that they fixed that!

One of the biggest problems is that the hardware has always been over priced and this doesn’t change that, in fact it doubles down on the price. The main console should be at most $249 and the lite version at most $149 in my opinion.

Of course the second biggest issue is the fact that 2 and 3 years old games are still selling for $50 to $60 on average and that’s ridiculous! Just about every other game maker drops the price of their game after about a year (I know of only a few exceptions to this) and yet, it seems, that Nintendo could care less if people play their titles, because $300 for the console with no discounted games to help ease the pain on your wallet is a stupid position.

Anyway, these are the two biggest reasons why I won’t own one of these until Nintendo wakes the hell up! Charging the same price because you fixed a problem with the original, doesn’t add value to an already over priced console.

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@p3rrypm: That is Nintendo.. All their own titles are full price all year every year.

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@p3rrypm: I can't deny anything you've said, but this is a question of "value" which is highly subjective. I am a long time PS fan and Nintendo fan. I've been extremely critical of Nintendo over the years, but continue to buy their consoles for the 1st party lineup. However, I honesly love the switch and have played it FAR more than my PS4 since it came out. Right now I would much rather boot up and play my switch than almost anything else that is out on PS4. So to me, personally, the Switch is a great value. My kids play minecraft and fortnite on PS4, but other than that, they also play a lot of switch and mostly want/look forward too switch titles. Nintendo still has some issues, but if the future for the company is Switch 2, or whatever, other than going back to more standard consoles...I will happily be a big Nintendo fan for that time.

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@p3rrypm: Nintendo has been doing the $50-60 price tag for their first party games for over a decade, and honestly they are right to do so because their first party titles are some of the highest quality titles in all of gaming so people aren't trading them in and the demand is always there for stuff like breath of the wild, super mario odyssey, mario kart 8, etc. etc.

They sell their hardware for a profit unlike sony and microsoft. That is their company philosophy, don't sell units at a loss and recoup the cost with software sales.

If you really want a switch, just wait for a black friday deal or something because they do happen and will give you in all likelihood a game bundled with a switch for $300 or something/$240 console and $60 game. That's when I bought mine.

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@valtair: Wii games were cheaper than PS3 and 360 games when they first came out. Now Switch games are almost never discounted and are just as expensive if not more, especially for the older remakes.

The subscription service is also a joke with old NES games (where are the SNES and N64 or GameCube games). Tons of GameCube games that are still playable today that many missed out on because nobody had a GameCube that gen.

At least with a PS4 I can just subscribe to PSNow with or without Plus and will hold me over such that I rarely buy games now.

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@cantor2537: i agree with you about the online service. The lack of SNES titles is just unacceptable. The switch can very easily emulate those titles, same for N64 (and possibly gamecube). But at the very least give up some SNES games. Being able to play old SNES titles on my switch in portable mode would be amazing (i still play them once or twice a year on my PC. Super metroid, castlevania 4, Zelda a link to the past, etc).

Something I though was interesting is the typical switch buyer/owner. Most switch owners also own another gaming device (ps4/xbox1 or PC). As a PC gamer I find it interesting that most of my gaming friends, if they own any console at all it's most likely a Switch.

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@cantor2537: Again, their first party titles are some of the best video games across all platforms. People continue to buy them for $50+ per game so they will continue to sell them for that price. I know when I buy a first party nintendo title for $60 that I'm going to, on average, get way more enjoyment and playtime out of that title then a game I buy for $20 for the pc, xbox, or PS4 because the quality is oustanding and the only reason nintendo is still relevant in the console market. Also of note, no one is forcing you to buy what you don't want to. Don't like the price? Don't buy it. It's incredibly simple logic.

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$75 with trade in sounds very appealing, I might just get it now, Plus with the $50 off coupon, you can basically just get it for $25

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@freedom01: Hi sorry to bother u. I made this account just to ask, what $50 off coupon are u referring to? Where can I find more info, is it for Gamestop? Considering trading in my beloved Switch if there is such an offer atm. Thanks.

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@mcgnuggets: If you are a PowerUp Member, you get points for every purchase you make on Gamestop. If you save up enough points, you can redeem the points to get some stuffs, one of them being the coupons

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@freedom01: Ah gotcha, thanks. Unfortunately I only ever shop at Gamestop on a blue moon, or a good Black Friday deal(like a console + free gift card deal). I get everything else through craigslist, or Best Buy price match. I only have 800 points... Actually, wouldn't accumulating 50,000 points correlate to spending quite a bit at Gamestop though? Free membership would mean $5000. Pro membership being $2500 spent. I'm surprised you were able to save up that much lol.

Is there a secret to getting more? Like whatever the birthday offer is?

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@mcgnuggets: for me, Gamestop is the only game retail store available here, so I accumulate points faster since I frequently purchase from there. I only use ebay or Amazon if the games are not available here.

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Man, Nintendo's really dead-set on undoing that hard exploit in the original Switch models.

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different battery, same crappy hardware. it's not even like the average person goes on plane rides even....it's wake up, get ready for work, go to work, come home, sit in front of the big screen TV, go to bed. ain't nobody got time for mobile gaming unless you're a kid.

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@bpmike83: Has an improved GPU Chipset and maybe improved Joycon (problems with drifting on the old ones). Some users also tested the screen to have higher NIT (brightness) as well.

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@Sindroid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpynBRXLoBY did a light hardware breakdown on it but it seems the joy cons are identical, and the one she got actually had much worse NIT values so that isn't' a guarantee either. GPU chipset does seem different since bat is the same but no one can say for sure.

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@bpmike83: You actually have it around the wrong way. It's the same battery but different hardware. It is even overclockable as Digital Foundry found out but it really only garners a few frames a second at best on intensive games such as Wolfenstein , Zelda etc. Still it does mean in hand held mode it can be that much smoother if you want to overclock the Switch. Personally i wouldn't do it on something that costs that much for such little gain but some mine.

They did notice games are a bit smoother on the new Switch in standard form though with less hitching present.

It is good they have managed to improve battery life so much with a newer designed processor all the same.

It is a shame it is not an advanced version though and is basically still the same device. I imagine in 3-4 years we might even have Xbox one X like performance out of a Switch console if they do another one.

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@deviltaz35: Digital Foundry didn't do any type of review on the hardware revision. Where did you get this info from???

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@bpmike83: the hardware is fine. The battery is actually one thing that I would love to be improved on it. It does drain quick in my opinion. Also, you must not go out often because a ton of people commute to and from work, also play games while on break. So yes people have time for it.

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@onehitta323: That's me in that boat. Yes he doesn't consider the people who actually travel for their job. Instead of lugging around a console to hotels the switch is an easier sell. All my time is played exclusively in handheld and that battery drain can be a bitch.... so this Gamestop offer is rather appealing in my case

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@cejay0813: yes I definitely agree with ya !

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@bpmike83: A ton of people commute on public transportation. The hardware is fine except for the fact that Nintendo doesn't let you own your save files.

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I totally would have done this for the Switch-Lite, but they dropped the TV-connection...
My 'only' real problem with the switch is that on the RARE occasion I want to take it somewhere it's too big.
Otherwise I play it on my TV, you know, where it belongs.

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I just checked GameStop’s website and the trade in value for the switch is only showing $200. Do you have to mention a special promo code to get the extra $25?

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"upgrading it from roughly 2.5-6.5 hours of playtime to 4.5-9 hours of charge"

Playtime vs charge time? Is this a mistype? I'm assuming upgrading from 2.5-6.5 hours of playtime, to 4.5-9 hours of playtime? If so, that is definitely worth the $75.

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@gandorf: No by charge they mean just leaving it on all day doing nothing.

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I have a question, how do you identify an older model from the new one? Only by the box design or is there something else.

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@VampireLord123: If you're holding the actual console in your hands, find the serial number. The new model's start with "XKW," while the original's begin "XAW."

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Yeah so there's a problem. All 4 of the gamestop's in my area confirmed that you cannot do the account transfer which requires you to have your old switch and your new one. Because and I quote "we need to factory reset your old switch for the trade in process. Otherwise the trade in process cannot take place."

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@whatwhat: Whenever I have done a trade at Gamestop, they allow me to purchase the new one, take it home, transfer my data and then bring the old one in and they hand me back the trade amount in cold, hard cash.

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@whatwhat: Isn't the save files saved to the memory card?

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@jyml8582: If I remember it correctly, the data on the memory card is basically "locked" to a given piece of hardware. You can pop it in and out of the same Switch over and over with no problem, but as soon as you put it into a different Switch, the data can't be read and you'll be prompted to format it.

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@whatwhat: Can't you just buy the new one and then trade the old one for cash?

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@whatwhat: Having a Nintendo Online account with cloud saving would negate that issue, would it not?

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@rawkstar007: Many big games lock their saves to the console and cannot be cloud saved. Splatoon 2, Dark Souls, Let's Go P/E for example. System transfer is the only way to retain these saves between consoles.

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@Lamesy: That's just stupid. Good to know this kind of info.

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