Remember the news a while back saying Nintendo was letting Switch owners trade in their old console to get the newer, slightly upgraded Switch model? Well, it turns out that's completely false.

The company just debunked the deal, invalidating numerous reports earlier about the so-called Nintendo Switch exchange program.

Nintendo Switch Exchange Program Fake

The Verge published an official statement from a Nintendo representative confirming that there is, in fact, no such thing as an exchange program occurring at the moment. News of it first appeared on Reddit, where users claimed Nintendo officials agreed to swap out their current Switch models — original ones, released in 2017 — as long as they purchased the console after the upgrade was announced on July 17.

A YouTuber added fuel to those unofficial reports, uploading what he claimed was a recording of a Nintendo representative confirming the exchange program over the phone.

New Nintendo Switch

This new Switch model isn't a radical upgrade, at least on paper. It's got a slightly better battery life — up to 9 hours as opposed to the previous maximum of 6.5 — and that's basically it, though some users who have gotten their hands on the model have reported it boasts an improved screen and CPU, as well.

"We do not have a Nintendo Switch exchange program," said Nintendo, as The Verge reports. "We always want players to enjoy their Nintendo Switch systems, and if anything ever gets in the way of that, we encourage them to visit for support, or to contact our consumer support team."

With the exception of the improved battery life, the old and new Switch models are practically identical. Nintendo also recently revealed the Switch Lite, a miniature version of the console without detachable Joy-Con controllers and several other limitations. Not sure which model is the best one? For those wondering which version of the Switch to get, make sure to follow Tech Times' Switch Buyer's Guide. The newer Switch console is slowly trickling down to retail stores now, while the Switch Lite isn't due out until Sept. 20. Whether or not Nintendo is planning for a more radical Switch upgrade is still a matter of speculation.

Thoughts on the fake Switch exchange program? Which version of the Switch do you have right now? As always, if you have anything to share, feel free to sound them off in the comments section below!

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