After months of hype for both the console and its first strong card (Zelda: Breath of the Wild); the Nintendo Switch launched to great success, exceeding the Wii sales during its first week (and, of course, outranking the WiiU in the process). Naturally, people from YouTubers to regular, enthusiastic folks prepared their cameras for what was probably the unboxing of the year.

But for a suspiciously high number of them, things got… a darker turn:

We learn a lot of stuff from that video, and the most important is, not a single error happens just once. This is critical since it proves none of the glitches and hardware failures are a one-in-a-million thing, but real issues you could experience tomorrow.

Grouping them, we can say the most common Switch malfunctions, and design flaws include:

And finally, more than a malfunction, a design flaw that almost everyone with the console agrees on: the dock is a cheap piece of plastic that risk scratching the system’s screen every time you, well, dock it. This has been the number one complaint, and considering the dock has been pulled out of the official store; Nintendo clearly acknowledges this one.

The freezing and blue screens we don’t have enough info to comment on; but for the time being, there are measures you can take to avoid some of the problems:

While the malfunctions that can result from system’s mistreatment will always be a gray area, it’ll be interesting to see how Nintendo deals with the objectively terrible dock. Will they design an entirely new thing? Disassembling it shows some pretty simple components so we guess that wouldn’t be too laborious.

Will they offer refunds/changing you current dock for a new one/ etc.? That’s a more pressing question since there are no real antecedents of Nintendo pulling console’s hardware off stores due to design flaws (rather than manufacturer’s ones).

The JoyCon problem is also rather easy to solve by rearranging the slots on the straps themselves, so you can’t insert them wrong at all, and it does look like something that’ll happen all too often, especially among the children Nintendo is targeting with its family console.

All in all, if you aren’t too psyched about Zelda, you might consider holding a bit longer on getting a Switch while the dock deal gets sorted out, and maybe other hardware changes or software patches release. For the majority that has had no problems, though, remember to be extra wary of these issues – they all can appear over time, namely the JoyCon and dock ones.

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