A Complete Guide to the Nintendo Switch Box Sizes

Nintendo Switch Box Size

The Nintendo Switch has undergone significant changes since it was first released in 2017. One of those changes is the size of its box. So, how big is the Switch’s original box?

The latest Nintendo Switch, the OLED Model, is sold in a box measuring roughly 10 × 8 × 4 inches. This is a roughly 20% change since it was first sold in 13.75 × 8 × 3.75-inch boxes.

In this guide, I’ll talk about how the Nintendo Switch’s box size has changed, how the Switch has changed over the years, and what you can expect to find when unboxing a brand-new Nintendo Switch.

A Brief History of the Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch, which was released on March 3, 2017, is the company’s seventh major video game console. Nintendo’s renaissance in the modern gaming industry can be attributed in large part to the Switch’s wildly successful release.

The Switch is a home console at heart, but it was built for versatility. You can hold it in your hands or prop it up on a table with the included kickstand for use as a standalone device. It also has a TV out and a docking port.

The idea for the Switch originated soon after the failure of the Wii U. When Nintendo’s sales began to fall, the company knew it needed to switch things up to turn things around. Nintendo wanted their new product to be an entirely new experience, in contrast to the Wii U’s appearance of being a rehash of old material.

Nintendo teased the idea of a brand-new console in October 2016, just a few short months before its actual release date. During this event, Nintendo reps also spoke about the customizability and versatility of this gaming console, generating overwhelming buzz for the upcoming product.

Roughly 5 months after its announcement, the Switch was officially released to the biggest markets, including the USA, Europe, Japan, and Hong Kong.

Nintendo Switch Versions

Since its original release in 2017, the Nintendo Switch has undergone a few cosmetic and technical changes. I’ll describe them briefly down below. All the information can be found on the official Nintendo website.

Parameters OLED Model Switch Switch Lite
Dimensions 9.5 × 4 × 0.55 in. 9.5 × 4 × 0.55 in. 8.2 × 3.6 × 0.55 in.
Weight ~0.71 lbs. w/o Joy-Con

~0.93 lbs. w/ Joy-Con

~0.66 lbs. w/o Joy-Con

~0.88 lbs. w/ Joy-Con

~0.61 lbs.
Display 7-in. OLED 6.2-in. LCD 5.5-in. LCD
Resolution 1280 × 720

1080p via HDMI

720p via built-in screen

1280 × 720

1080p via HDMI

720p via built-in screen

1280 × 720
Storage capacity 64 GB

Expandable to 2 TB

32 GB

Expandable to 2 TB

32 GB

Expandable to 2 TB

Estimated battery life 4.5 to 9 hours 4.5 to 9 hours 3 to 7 hours
Play modes TV

Tabletop

Handheld

TV

Tabletop

Handheld

Handheld
Game compatibility All All Only games that support handheld mode
Joy-Con Controllers Included Included Integrated
Dock Via HDMI to provide output to a TV Via HDMI to provide output to a TV Not supported

Nintendo Switch Box Size

The hardware and specs aren’t the only things to change in the Nintendo Switch over the years. When the gaming console was first released in 2017, it was sold in a box measuring 13.75 inches wide, 8 inches long, and 3.75 inches deep. With the release of the OLED Model, the box size has shrunk by roughly 20% to roughly 10 × 8 × 4 inches.

So, why the change?

An article on Nikkei offers 2 justifications for this seemingly inexplicable box size change. The first is that it reduces manufacturing costs. This makes sense since less material equals less manufacturing, which can also mean less weight and lower shipping costs. The second reason is that it will help get the latest Switch, the OLED MODEL, to markers sooner.

What’s Inside a Nintendo Switch Box?

The contents of the box depend on which version of the Switch you get. The original Switch and the OLED Model come with the following:

  • Switch console
  • Both Joy-Con controllers
  • Joy-Con straps
  • Joy-Con grips
  • Dock
  • HDMI cable
  • A/C adaptor

The Switch Lite, which has integrated Joy-Con controllers, comes with the following:

  • Switch console
  • A/C adaptor

How to Ship a Nintendo Switch Safely

Like any gaming console, people have been selling second-hand Switches like crazy. If you feel like selling your Switch to pick up another console or to upgrade your PC rig, you need to ensure that the package arrives safe and sound.

Here’s what you’ll need before you begin packaging the Switch:

  • A box measuring at least 10 × 8 × 4 inches (bigger is better but also more expensive to ship)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing tape

Now, let’s begin!

  1. Wrap the Switch and the Dock individually in at least 2 layers of bubble wrap.
  2. Wrap the Joy-Con controllers, the A/C adaptor, the HDMI cable, and any accessories you want to include individually in at least 1 layer of bubble wrap.
  3. Layer the bottom of the empty shipping box with bubble wrap.
  4. Lay the wrapped Dock, Joy-Con controllers, A/C adaptor, and HDMI cable onto the bubble wrap inside the box.
  5. Add bubble wrap to the empty sides of the box to prevent the accessories from moving around.
  6. Lay another layer of bubble wrap over the Switch’s accessories.
  7. Place the Switch on top of the second layer of bubble wrap.
  8. Add more bubble wrap to the side of the Switch to prevent it from moving during shipping.
  9. Add a third and final layer of bubble wrap on top of the Switch.
  10. Close the box and seal the flaps with packing tape.

If you want to ship your Switch in its original box, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Insert the Switch and all its components into their respective compartments in the original box.
  2. Shut the box.
  3. Wrap the box in at least 2 layers of bubble wrap, making sure the box is covered on all sides.
  4. Find a shipping box that’s at least 1 inch bigger than the Switch’s box on all sides.
  5. Place the wrapped Switch box inside the bigger shipping box.
  6. Seal the shipping box with packing tape.

When the box is ready, simply add a shipping label to the outside, and it’s ready for delivery!

BaronCooke

Baron Cooke has been writing and editing for 7 years. He grew up with an aptitude for geometry, statistics, and dimensions. He has a BA in construction management and also has studied civil infrastructure, engineering, and measurements. He is the head writer of measuringknowhow.com

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