Some Nintendo Switch Users Already Experiencing Hardware Problems

Bricked consoles, colored screens of death, and other issues vex some early Switch adopters.

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It’s only been a day since the Nintendo Switch released worldwide, but some users are experiencing a variety of issues with The Big N’s successor to the Wii U.

Out of several issues being reported, the most concerning one seems to be a number of bricked consoles that display a solid blue or orange “screen of death”.  Speaking with a Nintendo customer service representative, one Reddit user was told he had no option but to send his Switch back for a replacement console. Our own occasional contributor Chris Fielding experienced a similar issue today, with his console being permanently stuck on the startup screen, just 24 hours after purchasing his console.

While these are absolutely hardware issues – whether through problems resulting from firmware errors or failure of the Switch’s components – some of the issues being reported are at least partly attributed to human error. Some users are reporting that the docking hard plastic along the edges of the Switch docking station is leaving scratches on the screen, which can be attributed to the console being inserted slightly to the side of the unit’s USB-C port in the center. Still, given how often many Switch owners will be removing and inserting the console from its dock – after all, it’s one of the system’s biggest selling points – it’s hard to understand why Nintendo wouldn’t have taken more care to provide an interior to the dock that’s a bit more forgiving to the handheld’s delicate 720p LCD display.

Among those experiencing hardware failures was EA DICE’s Joakim Bodin, who demonstrated in a tweet a constant flickering image that made the otherwise gorgeous The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild look more akin to some strange alien torture device. Sad! Check it out below:

Nintendo shipped over 2-million Switch consoles for the system’s launch. Having said that, it’s not entirely surprising to hear that some of the units would be defective. Still, having consoles brick or deliver a BSOD just hours after their release is never a good look for any company. Here’s hoping Nintendo is able to right the ship and that these issues don’t become the Switch’s version of the notorious Xbox 360 RRoD fiasco. As someone who just picked up two consoles yesterday, my fingers are crossed.

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So, did you buy a Nintendo Switch yesterday? If so, have you experienced any hardware issues on your end? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section.

Frank has been the caffeine-fueled evil overlord of HeyPoorPlayer since 2008. He speaks loudly and carries a big stick to keep the staff of the HPP madhouse in check. A collector of all things that blip and beep, he has an extensive collection of retro consoles and arcade machines crammed into his house. Currently playing: Chorus (XSX), Battlefield 2042 (XSX), Xeno Crisis (Neo Geo)

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