The Bugs In Nintendo Switch Weren’t Fixed
The much anticipated Nintendo Switch launched to much fanfare, but not without it’s own problems.
The Nintendo Switch bugs range from hardware issues to software problems, leaving many early adopters with buyer’s remorse. Starting at $300, it is understandable for a user to be extremely unhappy that a seemingly unfinished product was launched prior to having all the kinks and bugs worked out of the system.
The complaints about Nintendo Switch bugs are wide ranging both in type and number. One user has reported that their device has completely bricked, with the “blue screen of death,” leaving their Switch totally useless. While it is a very serious bug, it seems as though only one such claim has been made thus-far, and Nintendo has suggested that the owner of the glorified paperweight return it to the retailer from which it was purchased. It should be comforting to potential buyers that out of the thousands of devices in use, only one bricked device has been reported.
An orange screen bug has been more widely reported, but unlike it’s blue-screened counterpart, this one has a quick fix that Switch owners can do at home. It has been advised that device owners perform a hard reset if their Switch displays the orange screen bug.
For some reason, the screen seems to be plagued with various issues, with some buggy Nintendo Switch devices’ screens flickering, swapping to black and white and back again, as well as inverting it’s colors. If your Switch is displaying these bugs, it is advised that you either contact Nintendo Customer Support or return to the point of sale for support or a replacement.
Less seriously, there have been reports that the Switch screen scratches incredibly easily, especially considering that the device was developed to be a portable gaming system. The screen is so delicate that even sliding it into it’s dock has caused scratches for some users. It’s clear that this is one device that needs a screen protector ASAP.
While a screen protector is a good idea, be wary of skins. While one company, Performance Designed Product, has taken to Facebook to assure it’s customers that the device is indeed compatible with their skins. In response to some reports that users have removed their PDP skins only to find a damaged Switch body underneath, PDP had this to say via social media:
“Being an officially licensed product, [the skins] have been rigorously tested and approved by Nintendo. Both Nintendo and PDP took great care to find the right combination of materials and adhesives that worked for the system. Consumers should have confidence that our skins feature the quality and performance you expect from an officially licensed product.”
A rival skin company, dbrand, has gone so far as to state that the Nintendo Switch is not compatible with skins of any kind, and canceled all of their pre-orders for Switch skins. If you must have a skin, make sure you really love the one you choose, and be sure you don’t plan on reselling the device in the near future.
Another screen-related issue, some Nintendo Switch devices have shipped with dead pixels. However, it is unclear if anything can be done about devices with one or more dead pixels, as there is typically a threshold for an acceptable number of dead pixels at the time of shipping.
Non-screen involved Nintendo Switch bugs appear to affect the JoyCon controllers. Many users have complained that the handheld controllers become easily disconnected from the console. Characters are also not responding properly, and there is intermittent response from the JoyCons. The JoyCon bugs have been blamed on something as innocuous as a microwave. However, the controllers may be too far away from the console, and there may be other potential interference in the room, and the user needs to make sure that the controllers are fully charged.
While it is certainly frustrating for the excited early adopters of the Nintendo Switch to open up their device only to find an issue, the good news seems to be that the most serious problems are limited, and there are simple solutions to the most common problems. Your best bet is always do research before making a big purchase.