The Nintendo Switch – Many Issues Already

Latest Gaming News – Nintendo’s Switch launched last week to generally positive reviews, but a few issues over the weekend could tarnish the early adoption experience. First, Nintendo has confirmed that there’s no way to transfer Switch saved games to any other device or microSD card.

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As Kotaku points out, this is a departure from other Nintendo systems. The Wii U and 3DS were both capable of moving saved games, and the ability to move games to a microSD card to free up space on the Switch’s internal drive really shouldn’t be problematic in 2017. A Nintendo representative confirmed the issue to Kotaku, saying: “At this time, it is not possible to transfer save data from one Nintendo Switch system to another.”

Nintendo has also published an FAQ claiming that dead or stuck pixels on the Switch should be treated as “normal,” with no specified allowance for how many dead pixels qualifies a device for replacement.

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There does not seem to be an equivalent note on the US side of the Switch, which may mean that the policy isn’t in effect here — or could just mean that Nintendo hasn’t gotten around to updating its US website.

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Certainly some users have gotten consoles that turned out to have more than few stuck pixels, but we don’t yet know how Nintendo is dealing with the problem in the US or across the pond.

Beware Aquaria

Nintendo’s helpful troubleshooting guidelines also note that the path between the Switch and its Joy-Con controllers must remain free of interfering objects. We’ve already seen reports from customers who have trouble using the Switch because they wind up blocking the signal with their own body. But Nintendo’s troubleshooting recommendations go farther in their recommendations. Specifically, Nintendo warns against putting the Switch:

  • Behind a TV
  • Near an aquarium
  • Placed in or under a metal object
  • Pressed against a large amount of wires and cords
  • Within three to four feet of another wireless device, such as a wireless speaker or a wireless access point.

The aquarium warning is likely because water can attenuate the wireless signal, but it’s hilarious to imagine hundreds or thousands of Switch players squinting at their television screens through rippling water, or angrily blaming deaths on a particularly troublesome fish.

If you’re still having connection problems even after removing all of your aquaria, Nintendo recommends shutting down or moving all laptops, tablets, wireless headsets, wireless printers, microwaves, wireless speakers, cordless phones, and USB 3.0 devices, including hard drives, thumb drives, and LAN adapters. The company states that in most cases, it should be sufficient to simply move these devices 3-4 feet away, but that if problems don’t stop, they should be shut down entirely. While that’s a reasonable step to take as part of guaranteeing other hardware isn’t causing an issue, it’d be downright ridiculous if having a laptop or USB drive in another room actually caused problems with the Switch. Hopefully this is just Nintendo being cautious, and not a sign that the device will actually suffer interference in such scenarios.