New Switch is sold without system OS being properly installed

There’s a pretty awesome feeling in opening up the box of a shiny, new gadget. It elicits excitement and awe, with the heated anticipation of the great wonders that await. But imagine popping out a new device, booting it up for the first time, and you’re met with a screen that was clearly meant for the manufacturer to see?

That’s exactly what Redditor boondar143 encountered when they turned on their new neon-colored Nintendo Switch unit recently, which they acquired from Best Buy. They posted a picture to Reddit showing a screen that appears to indicate that the Switch OS has yet to be properly installed:

As many in the comments section of the original thread have pointed out, chances are this Redditor may be in the sights of someone in the hacking community with deep pockets who would love to get their hands on such a rare system like this.

Earlier this year, about the same time the Switch Lite hit the market, Nintendo rolled out a new edition of the flagship Switch. It turned out to be a hardware revision, which includes the same improved Nvidia Tegra chipset as the Switch Lite. This modified Tegra is not only more efficient than the original (which is responsible for the longer battery life), but it’s also coded differently. This threw a massive wrench in the work of the Switch hacking realm, which has been growing steadily since the system’s launch.

Thus, a new edition Switch like this that has not yet been properly configured might prove beneficial to hackers who are still looking for a way to get into Nintendo’s modified Switch back end. As of now, there hasn’t been an update from the original poster as to what they intend to do with their rare system.

Regardless, this certainly must have been an unforgettable experience. Now that the post has gone viral, what would be even more interesting to see is if Nintendo itself gets involved and tries to secure this unit before it potentially ends up in possession of another party.


A.K Rahming
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.