Did you know all these reports earlier this week for an exchange program on the Nintendo Switch? Yes, it turns out it was all nonsense. The Verge released an official statement from a Nintendo representative on Saturday denouncing the deal.
The unofficial (and now unfortunately confirmed false) offer was first spotted on Reddit, where users say Nintendo employees have agreed to replace their current Switch for a new model as long as they purchased the console after the announcement on the upgrade on July 17th. One Youtuber even forged a Nintendo representative's record confirming this transaction by phone. This updated Switch has been officially announced to have a longer battery life, but players who have clung to the model announce that it also boasts an improved screen and processor.
At that time, Gizmodo turned to Nintendo to ask about the deal, but his phone line seemed to be inundated by others who wanted to know the same. Then on Saturday, Nintendo provided the following statement to Verge, denying that there was ever a switch exchange program:
We do not have a Nintendo Switch exchange program. We always want players to enjoy their Nintendo Switch systems, and if anything ever prevents them from doing so, we encourage them to visit http://support.nintendo.com for support or to contact our customer support team.
Who to whom. Many switch owners (myself included) have been concerned with how the console has a very short battery life (approximately two and a half hours to six and a half hours) for what Nintendo originally sold as a portable system, so the promise of a free the upgrade looked too good to be true. And as it turns out, it was.