The Nintendo Switch insanity is now at an all-time high, because less than 24 hours ago, the Switch launched and already there are reports of the console doing poorly. So buyers beware, here are a number of issues the Nintendo Switch is currently having:

The Switch’s dock will sometimes scratch the screen if you aren’t careful.

One YouTuber by the name of Blunty made a video yesterday revealing to his audience that the dock of the Nintendo Switch has the potential to scratch the screen if you do not buy a screen protector. This seems to be an oversight by Nintendo on the design of the console, where the environment of the dock could scratch the plastic part of the screen. So if you are going to buy the console, Blunty recommends you buy a screen protector.

There are also problems with the screen.

There are three problems that the screen can have. You have your complementary Orange and Blue Bricks and you have your screen flickers. The Orange brick, at this moment, can be fixed by holding down the power button to reset the console. The Blue brick, however, there seem to be fix available for the problem (at least not at this time). The third issue is the flickering. Playing the console may result in flickering screens that otherwise do not harm gameplay, but the player will definitely be annoyed at this visual error.

Error Code: 2162-0002

Some users have had an issue where no matter what they do, they receive this error. One user has done everything from power cycling the Switch to a full factory reset, and is not finding much luck. As of today, the user is having the Switch replaced by Nintendo. This error makes Breath of the Wild crash repeatedly and as of right now. Nintendo doesn’t seem to know if it’s the console or the game that is having the error.

The Charger Port

This error has been pointed out by our friendly neighborhood Notch, who pointed out that the placement of the charger port conflicts with the stand that allows you to freehand the console. This is another oversight by Nintendo, who clearly doesn’t understand that sometimes people want to play the portable part of the console and charge it at the same time. There is another issue where the charger port in the dock needs to have the Switch carefully lowered onto it as you may miss the port and end up scratching the screen to make it fit just right.

The high-pitched Scream

This is something that there’s little to say on it outside of what it is. The Nintendo Switch will sometimes let out this fire alarm-like scream that just hurts to listen to. Link will be provided down below as an example.

Other Bluetooth device interference

You people at home that have a number of wireless and Bluetooth devices? Yeah. Prepare to turn off every single one in the nearby area if you want to play this console because the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers have connectivity issues if there is any kind of interference in the nearby area. At this point, Nintendo is looking to find a way to fix these issues.

There may be a number of other problems people with the Switch may have at this moment, and we will keep this article updated as developments occur. Right now, there are posts on the Nintendo Reddit that are concerned with the Switch’s Lithium Ion battery and the idea of it catching fire at any moment, given the recent problem with Samsung, however as of right now there are no reports of this happening, and Lithium Ion batteries are extremely common these days. Nintendo hasn’t had an answer to the people with these console issues, but when they do, we’ll be sure to let you all know.

And with that said, what’s your take on this matter? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!


***Update 1 – 2017-03-04 – 21:30 CET***

Skins on the Switch

Dbrand, a company known for customizable skins for consoles and similar products, has made an announcement that due to the material that makes up the Joy-Con controller, they cannot put a skin on the controllers without damaging the surface of the controllers. Doing so scratches and damages the surface.

Since then, dbrand is cancelling preorders and has given everyone a refund. It is imperative that you do not buy a skin for your Nintendo Switch as it appears as if there is no solution to prevent damaging the surface.

Just Lyle


***Update 2 – 2017-03-04 – 21:30 CET***

Dead Pixels/Light and Dark Areas on the Screen

We have now another screen issue. Nintendo has announced that some Switch consoles may come with dead pixels, black or bright dots, or light/dark patches on the screen. They have said that these are normal and should not be considered a defect. This kind of issue is easy to overlook on a larger screen, but given the area of the Switch screen. Some may find this distracting and a large issue, as some may refrain from using the portable aspects if they choose to get the Switch at all.

Senator Armstrong


***Update 3 – 2017-03-14 – 16:10 CET***

Melting MicroSD Cards

Just for clarification, Sos Sosowski pointed out that it was his SanDisk 128GB MicroSD card’s fault that it melted, and not his Switch console. I am sorry for any misunderstanding or confusion that we might have caused you.

sos sosowski on the sd card problem switch

Let’s hope that this won’t become a big problem for other MicroSD cards and Switch users.

In a recent post on Twitter has shown us that the Switch as another problem with overheating. You see, on one user’s Switch (Sos Sosowski), we’ve seen that at times the Switch can run at temperatures so hot, that the external MicroSD card can melt and become a major problem with the user. For those of you who currently own a Switch, a personal recommendation is that you limit how long you spend playing at a time to prevent overheating of the console, or avoid using an external MicroSD card.

And with that said, have you guys and girls had any problems with the Nintendo Switch and MicroSD cards? If so, then feel free to share your experience with us in the comment section down below!

Sources and resources:
Sos Sosowski‏
Dbrand’s Warning
Blunty’s Video on the Skin Issue
Loud alarm from the Switch
Blunty’s Screen Scratching
Archive of Polygon’s Switch Report
Error Code Account
Notch’s Answer to the Charger Port
Bluescreen of death
Orangescreen of death
Nintendo Switch technical issues via Reddit
Dead pixels


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  • Zaelle

    After I saw some of these issues cropping up, I was debating whether to return mine to the store (it’s still in the mail). Not that I don’t still want one, but might be better to wait and see if they release a second batch that’s not as borked.

    • Ah, you already bought one? In my case, I couldn’t find one for my life :S But “maybe” it’s for the better? It’s like our fans and readers stated on Twitter “This is exactly why I don’t buy new consoles on release”.

    • Jay Shay

      Let’s hope they do something. If not, they may never sell another console again.

  • Lyle

    Meanwhile, video game bloggers are reporting on what the cartridges taste like.

    • Nice priorities, right?…I’m going to make some phone calls and see what else I can find out.

    • Jay Shay

      Pretty sure they did that with paint chips in the 70s.

  • SecretX

    I don’t understand the Notch situation? When you hold it you charge it, just like a cell phone and when is fully charge you put it down and use the stand just like any mobile device.

    • I could always try to ask him about it? My first thought was that he didn’t have a stand for it, but there is such as a stand right?

      • Prfct

        This can be answered easily… if you’re in a rest position like in
        bed… you never want the cable coming from the bottom because you can’t
        rest the device on your chest… and you can’t use the little stand
        thingie and charge the Switch at the same time without doing a hole in
        the table… you can’t use a Power Bank either… lots of reason to
        NEVER have the charge connector at the bottom of the device.

        • Yep, but the people at Nintendo didn’t see it like that…

    • Jay Shay

      I’m not sure. I think it’s about limiting options. I mean, if there was one on the top like a 3DS, there’d probably be few complaints lol

  • John Smith.
    And well, that’s my take on it.

    • Did you see that one guy who bought two Switch consoles? (Twitter). Well, I bet that he feels really, really smart right now…

      • Jay Shay

        Two? Really? Poor guy.

      • John Smith.

        No I didn’t see that guy. Hopefully he’s not suffering from any of the issues mentioned in this article.

        • I’ve been trying to find that tweet, but it appears as if the owner of the tweet has removed it as a whole…Nope, as he then would have to return not one, but TWO switch consoles.

      • Jason Mounce

        There’s always been that guy who guys “I have 3 PS3’s” and “I have 4 PS4’s” – if anyone comes out with “I have # Switches” it would only be a meme because of the stupidity of owning Multiple Prototype consoles.

        • That would be my point…As he made that tweet just a couple of hours after the news broke that the console suffers from some really serious technical issues.

    • Jay Shay

      Can’t believe it, honestly. I thought they’d learn their lesson after the Wii U.

      • John Smith.
        • I honestly have no idea (whatsoever) what Nintendo thought when they created the Switch. I mean, a lot of people fear that the console will flop even harder than the Wii U did.

  • sanic

    What about the left joycon randomly disconnecting? I heard that hasn’t been fully resolved.

    • I think that problem is mentioned here:

      Nevertheless, we try our very best to update this post with new information about the current Switch issues.

      • sanic

        Well if it was resolved I won’t keep going on about it I just wasn’t sure

        • No sweat =) We were just informed that the console suffers from dead pixels as well (Nintendo has dropped the ball big time with the Switch launch).

    • Jay Shay

      Every time I look away, another issue pops up. I’d like to think that issue falls under electronic interference, since we don’t know why it happens.

    • Nope Naw

      It can’t be resolved. It’s part hardware issue and part bluetooth issue, Someone broke open their joycons and took a look. Seems like the right joycon has the bluetooth antenna aimed toward the shoulder buttons, and the left joycon’s antenna couldn’t be seen.

      The only way to resolve it properly is to make completely new Joycons, which is what they SHOULD do, but won’t do.

      • Jason Mounce

        I was personally hoping the Switch could fail so Nintendo could fall on their ass and maybe finally see the arrogance in their ways – but Nintendo is making this too easy by shooting themselves in the foot so many times by showing us that they’re so grossly incompetent that they not only don’t listen to their core consumers, nor know what the hell anyone wants, but they no longer can design a console with any sign of competence.

        Remember the original NES? How its faulty rate was like 0.005%? How it can get thrown around and still stand the test of time? Or Gameboys? Now Nintendo can’t even get a fucking charger port right.

  • Richard

    These don’t seem like launch issues, they seem like rushed, crappy product issues.

    • That’s another way to put it, yes…

    • Jay Shay

      Yeah, sounds about right. I’m hoping a better model will come out, though I’m honestly doubtful, Nintendo hasn’t said much about these issues.

    • Jason Mounce

      PS4 comes out and people complain about and nitpick the bottom and how it’s a tad uneven, doesn’t cause issues, just a small grievance…

      Switch releases, and holy fuck Nintendo were stupid enough to somehow make it so the charging output is on the bottom of the device so you can’t Charge it and have it stand up at the same time. Years of development behind the console and they fuck up something so important yet so small? Incredible. Laptops have been using the ‘Side power charger output’ for quite a long time, you’d think Nintendo would just notice the reasons why.

  • Ah, the joy of having a Nintendo fanatic as a roommate. She buys the console and games, which I play without any hassle or financial guilt.

    • xD Lucky you 😉

    • Jay Shay

      I envy you lol

  • Jeremy

    The moment they first showed us the design with sliding it into the dock my first thought was “yeah that’s gonna scratch the hell out of some.”

  • Gozu Tennoh

    Nintendo havent made a meaningful contribution to the games industry for the past ten years, why did people think that was going to change?

    • Well, that visus cycle won’t end until the day their fanboys stop buying whatever Nintendo toss out on the market.

      • Gozu Tennoh

        We all know at least one and theres just no talking them out of it. They explain and rationalize every nintendo problem away like a bunch of cult members.

        • Yep…And that’s the reason why Nintendo can continue to pull off bs stunts such as this.

  • Yeah… and here in Brazil this shitness costs almost 1000 US bucks!!

    • Wait, retailers charge people 1,000 USD for the Switch in Brazil? For real?

      • 850 or 1000 USD, sadly yes and this is normal price for a new gen console… but for me NAH!

        • That’s beyond insane :S Well, I wouldn’t pay that price either.

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