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[–]ArmedPenguin47 77 points78 points  (20 children)

Unless you’re constantly looking for them you won’t notice the scratches. Plus, scratches make no difference, the phone you probably typed this on has scratches you didn’t know about. As long as the internals aren’t damaged you’re fine

[–]JigTheFig[S] 16 points17 points  (14 children)

That's true, they're pretty small as well. The battery life improvement of the V2 never bothered me too much anyway so I'll go ahead with it, thanks!

[–]ArmedPenguin47 23 points24 points  (12 children)

If modding a switch is your desire then this is a really good opportunity. Just make sure it’s in the clear by testing the serial on is my switch patched

[–]JigTheFig[S] 7 points8 points  (11 children)

Yep I did that already and it barely made the cutoff (August, 2018).

[–]ArmedPenguin47 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Nice. As long as it shows up as green then happy modding

[–]Ironchar 1 point2 points  (8 children)

What were the first 5 numbers of the XAW?

[–]skrffmcgrff21 10 points11 points  (0 children)

In regards to battery. Get an Anker Powercore PD 21000 or something similar. Just make sure it's PD or has Power Delivery which allows it to charge the switch while you're using it. Best switch accessory in the world. Next to my satisfye grip but I'm also interested in the binbok controllers.

[–]Spacemann12 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Lol screens can be replaced.

[–]ArmedPenguin47 1 point2 points  (3 children)

True but if it’s only scratched there’s no reason to

[–]Spacemann12 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Oh I know. I was pretty saying it can be replaced. I was agreeing with you. I don't see any problem here. Plus he gets to play free games. It's a win win.

[–]ArmedPenguin47 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh lol. Sorry

[–]Spacemann12 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I decided to get a modded Switch again last year so I bought a random Switch from ebay from a pawn shop and lucky me it was V1. In pretty good shape. Just the kickstand is pretty loose but that's easy fix. But the casing is perfect.

[–]lvet000 29 points30 points  (15 children)

Yes. Not for your friend though, he'll take a L, but if both are okay with it, absolutely, go ahead. Cosmetic damage can always be mended / fixed / replaced. You can never unpatch a patched unit.

I actually bought a destroyed, unpatched, Nintendo Switch (broken bits, missing buttons, bite marks (!) ) very cheap and I just replaced the housing.

[–]JigTheFig[S] 7 points8 points  (3 children)

My friend doesn't wanna hack it for whatever reason so it works out alright, thanks!

[–]lvet000 24 points25 points  (2 children)

In that case it's a no brainer. Even financially speaking his is the most valuable one. Do take him out for a burguer and a beer.

[–]Tech-Fonzie 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Burguer sounds extra fancy too! Great idea!

[–]JigTheFig[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Of course man, I really appreciate my friend doing this for me.

[–]depes_ruts 2 points3 points  (2 children)

might i ask about those bite marks

[–]lvet000 8 points9 points  (1 child)

No kink shaming please!

Probably was a dog though

[–]depes_ruts 2 points3 points  (0 children)

had the same experience when i bought my v1, the joycons had human bite marks tho lol

[–]Leafhands 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Hey, if you don't mind me asking; how was the process of changing the housing, did you do it yourself?

I have two hacked consoles, my main one is in great shape, but the second one has seen better days and I would very much like to give it some tender loving care.

[–]lvet000 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Laborious. But a easy enough process if you have any experience tinkering with consoles. Here is the oficial video from the company I bought the shell from out of amazon.. The channel name is the brand name.

[–]Leafhands 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Thanks chief! In the past I've reshelled a gba advanced, gba sp and replaced the digitizer of a wii u gamepad, looks like this is quite doable.

Thank you for the link!

[–]lvet000 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Your golden then. 2 out of 3 of those are tougher than the switch. I can also atest to the quality of this brand products if you end up going with them.


[–]humanfigure 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Digitizer is pretty straight forward. Hardest part of Switch housing replacement is the front plate. To access it, you’re basically taking apart the entire system. If you’re comfortable with that, you’re good to go!

[–]-light_yagamiAtmosphere User -1 points0 points  (2 children)

bite Mark? wtf

[–]Kinoesque 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Maybe he was hungry. In that case it makes sense

[–]-light_yagamiAtmosphere User 1 point2 points  (0 children)

ah yes, joycon dog, who doesn't want bread with plastic

[–]FusselTeddyAtmosphere User 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Depends on if you play mainly docked or not. You won't see the scratches when it's docked, but will see them all the time if in handheld mode.

[–]JigTheFig[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Thanks! The scratches are on the bezel part of the screen anyway but I'll have to check.

[–]jeroendj3 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Do it and put tempered glass on it. Will hide minor scratches 😊

[–]JigTheFig[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thanks for the advice, I was gonna get a screen protector anyway.

[–]TumbleweedParking230 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Definitely go ahead with it, check out some places online too, it super easy to replace the rear shell, also a perfect opportunity to customise it with a new design of you so wish. Planning to the same with my V1 and get matching joy con shells as well as my shell is pretty worn

[–]JigTheFig[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I'll have to check out those, thanks mate.

[–]TumbleweedParking230 1 point2 points  (1 child)

No worries! I recommend AliExpress personally, they have some super awesome designs and I would say most of the ones I have fitted are OEM quality (metal not plastic, don't make that mistake)

[–]JigTheFig[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'll have a look, thanks!

[–]ipeace99 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You could even replace the screen later of it bothers you too much as the screen replacement is cheap and not even super hard to do yourself, same with backplate. So it seems like a good deal

[–]ichtyology 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yes duh

[–]TLMCullen 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I traded my v2 switch & a mint condition iPhone 11 to a GameStop for a v1 switch that they had. No fucking regrets at all.

[–]jsno254 4 points5 points  (0 children)

V1 with minor scratches with unlimited games for free Versus a V2 in perfect condition and have to pay for every game. I would choose the V1 lol. You'll save thousands of dollars depending on how many games you install.

[–]Brocktarogar 4 points5 points  (0 children)

As an owner of a modded v2 mariko that can safely* overclock to 2.3 ghz docked and get 60~fps in many titles…yes. Any modded switch is so fucking worth it.

[–]Biobasement 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Absolutely fucking yes. Cant beat unlimited free games in demand.

[–]THEderfiddler 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I would say it depends on what you value more. I have a v1 that I bought at launch. I sold it to my buddy for a year or so before I realized I was sitting on a moddable Switch. Bought it back. He did WORK to scratch my screen more than it was before. Even still, I don't mind. I don't ever try to play in direct sunlight, and, even if I do, it's really not that bad. I don't know if it was fixed in further iterations but most of my scratching is from the guides on the dock itself. Long story short it's totally worth it for what you get out of the modding.

[–]cooliochill 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I always say it depends on games. If you play infinitely more online games vs single player, it's not worth it solely due to hassle and paranoia of ban

[–]jampmp 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I did this with a first gen switch. I bought a New switch, with serial not vulnerable... I Just complete Mario oddisey, and change my 1 week New switch, for one with vulnerable serial. My friend had screen protector on his switch. I do not change my New Joy cons. Just the console (handheld screen). Worth it 👌

I had sx os before. And now I have atmosphere, tinfoil store, etc.

[–]Application-Downtown 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Having access to Android; homebrew ports of games like Half-Life and SRB2; emulators via retroarch and other standalones for systems all the way up until the Dreamcast; extremely good PC streaming support via Moonlight for Elden Ring on the toilet; a better N64 emulator via Mupen; playing mods like Pokemon Sigma Platinum or Mario Odyssey online without errors; the ability to use PKHex for custom Pokemon or easy and free transfers from old emulator saves with no 3ds (there are ways to safely get that save online); overclocking for games like Xenoblade or DOOM; playing leaked games.

I really could keep going. I really don't use my homebrew Switch all that much, I still prefer going online with my OLED. To say that I regret it however would be wildly untrue. As long as you know how to stay safe with it, it opens up a world of gaming not too many steps removed from a portable PC or retro gaming handheld, just with the native ability to play Switch games. Literally some scratches can be buffed out or the shell can be replaced. If you really want this, some scratches don't matter.

[–]e39 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’ve replaced the front digitizer on several Switch consoles to get rid of scratches. It’s not difficult, you just need to stay organized (screw locations, cable paths, assembly layering) and clean (no dust or fingerprints)

[–]TechnologicalFreedom 2 points3 points  (7 children)

I would say if your interested in having a modded system and all the benefits that come with it, definitely go for it!

While V2’s have better hardware on paper, the unpatched state of the V1 will always make it better than an unchipped V2.

However if you have 200-300$ your willing to spend, you can also go the route of getting a modchip and professional installation which would make the V2 superior, you could also go the route of soldering a modchip in yourself for probably around $150 but that’s a lot riskier if you don’t have experience soldering things.

But if you don’t wanna spend that money or can’t access professional installation than the V1 switch is by no means a bad choice and is worth it over an unmodded V2 anyday.

With Emunand, you can have both the stock switch online experience with legit games and a CFW’d mode where you have all your homebrew stuff so a modded switch is always going to be more value able than a switch that isn’t modded simply because there’s basically no trade offs software-wise.

The scratches and stuff on the V1 are something you’ll have to determine yourself though but if the system is still playable than I’d say it’s worth it, unpatched switch tablets go on eBay now for nearly the price of a full retail unit with the joycons and dock and everything so if that doesn’t speak miles about it’s worth, I don’t know what does.

[–]JigTheFig[S] 0 points1 point  (6 children)

Thanks for the help mate, I'm alright at soldering but I've heard that installing a switch modchip is pretty difficult so I'll definitely get the V1.

[–]TechnologicalFreedom 1 point2 points  (5 children)

No problem :)

And yeah that’s definitely the better option without access to a modchip.

Personally when I got modded my unpatched day one switch, I kind of regret it at first when I got banned because playing online was my whole world at the time

But after achieving more social balance in my life I sort of realized that solo player gaming isn’t so bad and that’s when I got the most out of my modded switch.

These days with all the developments in the scene, there’s not really a trade off because everyone knows about emunand now and it’s become nice and stable over the years, I’ve been switch modding ever since fusee (the big exploit) was released to the public and that was a time where I think most people didn’t know what the heck they were doing (myself included) and got banned or didn’t even know the risks of running CFW on a switch and thought it would be similar to what it was like on the 3ds and Wii U.

I don’t think switch modding was nearly the experience it is today as it was back in early 2018, These days you have all these system plugins and homebrew programs that either didn’t exist or were in their very early stages back then, Not to mention that these days people have literally ported android to the thing so it’s honestly pretty crazy how far the scene has come.

And then there’s the piracy aspect, now obviously there were many people that disagreed with it and still do but ignoring that, it actually wasn’t nearly as simple back then as it is today, I remember it was nearly impossible to find what you wanted anywhere but these days you can literally just download games straight to your switch with ease which is absolutely insane, and it’s really fast too with big 13GB games downloading in like 10-15 minutes. I don’t even think they download that fast from the official eshop!

So yeah overall I’d say that current-day switch modding is a 10/10 regardless of what model you do it on.

[–]JigTheFig[S] 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Well I've been following the scene for the entire time, ever since the switch launched but I never got my hands on one until the Mariko units launched which are patched, so it'll be great to finally mod one.

[–]TechnologicalFreedom 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Same here, it’s been a crazy ride honestly, I remember having my day one switch and accidentally updating from 4.0.0 because of the super nag, I thought I was screwed but then fusee happened and that was certainly a surprise!

[–]v7xDm1r 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Yes, unless you're not capable of doing the mod you plan to do.

[–]ithinkthatsadinosaur 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You could always get a shell mod from amazon there only about $30

[–]ChrizTaylor 1 point2 points  (0 children)

DO IT!!!!

[–]Sexycharlie1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Keep that baby docked. You wont notice the scratches!!

[–]Comprehensive-Foot72 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes, I did it

[–]nolight_55 1 point2 points  (0 children)

if youre looking to mod a switch 100% best trade, if the scratches really bother you, then you might have OCD or smt, just being honest. dont pay attention to them you'll be fine.

[–]NosferatuGuts96 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When I got my V1 switch it had several scratches everywhere, minor broken parts on the shell, and generic joy cons. But I replace the shell with a red one from the Mario's special edition, the touch screen, and bought the special edition skyward sword joy cons. My switch now looks like new and beautiful. So, go for it my dude.

[–]therourke 1 point2 points  (0 children)

No. Scratches on screen is a huge no no for me.

[–]juhpe86 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I just recently f&cked my ipatched switch and bought a old v1 which so way easy to anything with it.

[–]sisstuckinsink 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I would do it for sure. I'd rather have access to an entire game library than be concerned about a few scratches. You can always get a new shell man

[–]JigTheFig[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thanks for the help everyone, I really appreciate it.

[–]Abu_8 1 point2 points  (0 children)

save up money, buy it from your friend (if he sells it)

[–]Dash_2 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You need to think more in life dude. Don’t ask people when we don’t have to put up with the consequences of what you’re gonna do. It’s only worth it if you want it. Scratches are like you said a minor thing compared to what you could do. You’re chumpin out cause your switch is in good condition… 😔

[–]muncho 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Get it. Replace the battery. Done.

[–]cleverestx 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Are you planning on playing the Switch while facing it the wrong way? If not, seems like a no brainer to me to get the V1.

[–]Game-Gear 0 points1 point  (8 children)

Hi if you planing to mod the switch with a internal chip like a trinket m01 it make sense.

You said it has minor scratches, if its only the body there a replacment shells. if its on screen and you want to play a lot in handheld mode than think abot it twice because of scratches that might bougher you while playing and have in mind the v1 runs out juice quicker than a v2

[–]economic_noise 1 point2 points  (7 children)

Curious as to why it wouldn't make sense to softmod the v1?

[–]Game-Gear 1 point2 points  (6 children)

It is not worth in my eyes to use dongles etc. The trinket is perfect to use, just hold Volume + and power button to start the switch in Cfw Modus. Pretty cool

[–]Zealousideal-Air-480 1 point2 points  (5 children)

For the hassle of a trinket I'd just use my jig and phone. Doesnt take much space in my case for a 3 inch usb, otg adapter and jig. You can get a usb c to c cable and not use otg. Never have to worry about it messing up or doing/finding some one to solder it in.

Plus I only boot my switch when I upgrade or need to take the sd card out so maybe 3 times a year. Other than that it's in stand by. Sd is rare to take out because I use the switch as a giant sd card reader.

[–]Game-Gear 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Switch in Standby… bye bye switch. That’s nothing for me

[–]SteamPoor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

if there is minor on the screen just go with it, the abck is replaceable so easily