Common Nintendo Switch Problems And How To Fix Them

Posted: Apr 4 2017, 12:46pm CDT | by , in News | Gaming

 
Common Nintendo Switch Problems and How to Fix Them
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It was announced yesterday that there is a huge problem with the Nintendo Switch - when docked, it bends. While there isn't a fix for that just yet, as Nintendo hasn't released an official statement, fans all across the internet are trying to find ways to fix the problem before mahines are permanently damaged.

This isn't the only problem to plague the Switch - in fact, checking the different fan forums, it is apparent that there are quite a few problems with the device. Here is a rundown of the most common:

My Nintendo Switch Doesn't Seem to Charge

If you aren't using the correct charging system, you are going to have problems because of the power behind the battery in the Switch. If you are using a portable charger, you aren't going to get the best results. Make sure to use a charging system that is able to match with the Switch AC Adapter's 5V/3A charge.

Nintendo Switch Won't Read Game Cartridge

There are times when the Switch won't be able to read the cartridge, for whatever reason. Try removing it and inserting it into the console again. If it doesn't work, try another game to see if it is a problem for other games. If it works for other games, you might have a bum cartridge on your hands. Return it and try another one. If that doesn't work, you might have a hardware problem on your hands.

My Nintendo Switch has a Dead Pixel - What Can I Do?

Many people have reported that they have "dead pixel" problems, where there are dark patches on the touchscreen portion of the Switch. This is really frustrating and Nintendo doesn't seem to be taking responsibility for the problem. Instead, they issued a statement saying: "small numbers of stuck or dead pixels are a characteristic of LCD screens," adding that this is "normal and should not be considered a defect."

For fans of Nintendo products, this isn't the first time that pixels have been dead on devices - the DS had dead pixels and the PSP from Sony did as well. It just seems like we have to accept it, right?

Not so fast; because the Switch is so new, there are chances that you can return your Switch. With demand in short supply, that is a risky choice because you probably won't be able to exchange it for another one. Some stores won't even take it back because they don't have an obligation to do so. You're better off here is you purchased your system online and you haven't had it for more than two weeks.

"If I had my own store, I would probably give people the refund on the system knowing I could return them," one Target employee said, "but I'm not sure Target's policy on it yet. We haven't had any returns for this." A GameStop employee said that they had a few people try to exchange their systems, but upon learning that they wouldn't get another Switch in return due to low stock, they chose to keep it.

How Do I Hard Reset a Nintendo Switch?

Some people have found that they either can't turn their consoles on or that they are frozen. If you are sure that your battery is charge and it should work, you may have to do a hard reset.

Nintendo says: "There is a chance that the console has frozen with a black screen. Look at the console in a darkened room and see if any light is coming from the screen. If so, the console has frozen. Hold the POWER Button for 12 seconds or more to turn the console off. Then, press the POWER Button again [emphasis added] to turn the console on again."

My Joy-Con Isn't Working Properly

For people who were lucky enough to get early units, this has been a huge problem. The problem occurs in certain games - in particular, Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The problem is that the joy-con sticks in one direction. It only lasts for a few seconds, but that can change the game severely. It seemed like there is a disconnect between the console and the controller.

Nintendo realized this was a huge problem and addressed it:

"A manufacturing variation has resulted in wireless interference with a small number of the left Joy-Con. Moving forward this will not be an issue, as the manufacturing variation has been addressed and corrected at the factory level. We have determined a simple fix can be made to any affected Joy-Con to improve connectivity."

I've Run out of Nintendo Switch Storage

This is a really easy fix, for the most part. The Switch only came with 32 GB of internal storage, with almost a sixth of that taken up by the operating systems. The console supports microSD cards, which are easy to find at almost any retail outlet. All you have to do is stick the card into the slot found under the kickstand. You can get microSD cards in almost any size, so theoretically you should never run out of space.

Nintendo Switch Kickstand Broke

The people at Nintendo already thought that people were going to break their kickstands off - so they made the kickstand out of cheaper plastic that easily clips back in. This will only work so often, however, and then you will have to remember to put the kickstand in when you dock your Switch.

Nintendo Switch Wifi Isn't Working

Many Nintendo Switch users have had some problems connecting to the Wi-Fi. If this happens, restarting your system seems to be the best response. If it still isn't working, make sure that you don't have your Switch in sleep mode.

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