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RUMOR - New certification from Nintendo leads to Switch revision speculation

UPDATE - According to prior certification listings, it seems HAT-001 might be the model number for the already-existing SDEV devkit, not an indicator of a Switch revision in development. Thanks to Mariostarn for the heads up!

Everyone knows Nintendo loves to revise their portable systems. Usually they revamp their portables with new colors and features as the years roll on. Could we see the same thing happen with the Switch? Some think a registration filed by Nintendo points to that happening down the road.

Just today, Nintendo has registered "HAT-001". What the hell does that mean? Let's take a look at some other filings to see what they mean.

Nintendo registered HAT-002 a long time ago, which is the portable development version of the Switch that resembles the design we currently have. Typically Nintendo uses 001 to signify a consumer console, as was used for DS, 3DS and Wii U. The current retail version of the Switch is HAC-001, and the cradle is HAC-007.

In other words, the registering of HAT-001 could indicate some sort of revision for the Switch set to release to the public. There are certainly things in Nintendo's past that would point to that happening, but this is all just speculation for now.

Also worth mentioning, Nintendo registered HAT-003 as well. This is the cradle development version of the Switch.

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

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The report of it being a Switch revision is completely fake and misinformed. HAT-001 is the SDEV device.

https://www.neogaf.com/threads/minor-singapore-imda-lists-nintendo-switch-development-hardware.1337230/
While this machine does have the dock components integrated directly into it
Nintendo product codes that end up with T are always development devices and not consumer products.
According to government certifications made before the system's launch, HAT-001 is in fact the model number for the SDEV, and this just means Nintendo is trying to get the development hardware approved in other countries, not a Switch revision in development.

I expected this, but not so soon. We have 3 Switch consoles in my household. Give us a chance to enjoy them before revising the hardware please. Thanks!

I'd be surprised to see a revision this year but hey why not.

I guess if Pokemon is actually going to be this year (as rumoured) then a cheaper, more kid focused handheld only Switch could be a good move but I'd have thought Nintendo would let the main gimmick of the platform remain the focus for a while longer before diverging into different form factors.

Pokemon coming in 2018 is not a rumor. That a fact.

They haven't announced anything about it's release yet. That's a fact. But I do think they beef a big hitter like Pokemon this year.

Hmmm no it's a rumor. They clearly said ''2018 or later'' so putting 2018 as a firm date is pure speculation.

They would be stupid to take away the hybrid nature of the Switch just like that. But then again there exists the 2DS....

Exactly, 2DS getting rid of the main gimmick it was initially sold on is reason enough to believe they'll eventually do a handheld only Switch. They've always stripped key features as they revise hardware.

They could still let you buy a dock if you want to eventually play on the TV but a cheaper, joycon-less Switch targeted at kids (no detachable joycons making it harder to break and such) makes sense. Again though, I'd be surprised to see them do it this year.

How about a dock that gives the Switch extra power? If it's technologically possible

Maybe they will release a new dock that’s more powerful so in dock mode the console will de more powerful just a thought

Switch SCD, here we go!

The report of it being a Switch revision is completely fake and misinformed. HAT-001 is the SDEV device.

https://www.neogaf.com/threads/minor-singapore-imda-lists-nintendo-switch-development-hardware.1337230/
While this machine does have the dock components integrated directly into it
Nintendo product codes that end up with T are always development devices and not consumer products.
According to government certifications made before the system's launch, HAT-001 is in fact the model number for the SDEV, and this just means Nintendo is trying to get the development hardware approved in other countries, not a Switch revision in development.

Thanks for confirming what I already suspected: HAT is the marker for the dev hardware. HAC is for the consumer hardware.
I could find HAT-002 being the EDEV kit, but I couldn't find the model number for the SDEV kit. Thanks for sharing.

makes sense since usually the numbers on revisions go up and not down. Also it's too early for a revision but i believe one is coming sooner than people expect. The lower price point of sub 200$ that the 3DS currently capitalises also needs to be addressed by a switch SKU in the very near future.

tsukideity
Mon Feb 12 18 04:52pm
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I'm inclined to believe the poster just above me. But before Nintendo does a revision I'm guessing they'll simply release a white Switch. A white Switch and white Joy-cons would look very sexy. Plus all those neon colours would look nicer on a white Switch model.

Nintendo wouldn't need to get government approval to change the colour of the casing, but I do agree. A white Switch would look really pretty.

Could be a chip update to try to block moding. The "underground" is claiming there's some flaws in some of the boot chips that Nintendo can't patch normally... similar to the post-2008 Wiis where you could no longer inject bootmii in the boot loader.

I was gonna say something....except that it's false in the end.

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