Left Joy-Con Connectivity Issue Fixed For Future Switch Consoles

Nintendo says it has fixed the issues with the connectivity some Switch owners are experiencing on the left Joy-Con controller and said the problem will not appear in future consoles that make it into consumer’s hands. The company provided this information in a written statement to Polygon, where it also said there was never “a design issue” with Joy-Con controllers. It described the well-documented issues of the left Joy-Con losing connectivity as “a manufacturing variation.”

“No widespread proactive repair or replacement effort is underway” with current Joy-Con controllers, the statement read, and Nintendo said “a small number” of units had been affected. As previously reported, the company has a fix, though it wants to make sure the controller’s hardware is really the problem. “There are other reasons consumers may be experiencing wireless interference. We are asking consumers to contact our customer support team so we can help them determine if a repair is necessary. If it is, consumers can send their controller directly to Nintendo for the adjustment, free of charge, with an anticipated quick return of less than a week.”

With a large number of Switches in the wild, some analysts speculate the console has sold more than 1.5 million units since its March 3 launch, a small number of affected left Joy-Cons could actually be quite a few. The good news? If you still haven’t been able to pick up a Switch, you may not have to worry about the issue. Which, if you’re part of the camp who always tells people to not buy new products day one, pat yourselves on the back.

Nintendo Switch Soon To Be In Stock At GameStop Next Week

Didn’t get to preorder a Nintendo Switch at GameStop in January? Well next week is your chance to finally get your hands on one.

The retailer announced today that they will have systems in stock next week, thanks to an “additional allotment” of consoles. Those Switch units will be available to buy in GameStop stores “as early as Wednesday, March 22,” the company said in a news release.

“GameStop continues to see strong demand from customers who are looking to purchase the Nintendo Switch system,” said Eric Bright, GameStop’s senior director of merchandising. “We are meeting this demand by securing additional systems as fast as we can.”

Switch sales are exceeding Nintendo’s expectations. The company originally said it planned to ship 2 million units worldwide this month and 8 million more during its next fiscal year, which begins April 1. Now Nintendo is reportedly increasing production to meet the high demand, and will be producing 16 million units for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

A GameStop representative told Polygon that at this point, the company will only be selling the additional Switch units in physical stores, not online. However, GameStop will sell games, accessories and bundles on its website. The spokesperson added, “GameStop recommends that customers should call their nearest store location for availability details.”

 

Sonic Fans rejoice! New Gameplay Debuts For Sonic Forces

Sonic fans, permission to freak out now!

Sega released the  very first gameplay video for Sonic Forces, formerly known as Project Sonic 2017. In the video, it shows the Blue Blur running through a city under attack, collecting rings, using his homing attack to destroy enemies and leaping between platforms. All while Death Egg Robot sentinels are seen in the background knocking down and destroying buildings and launching bombs.

Sonic Forces is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and the Nintendo Switch in late 2017. It runs on a brand-new engine that Sega is calling “The Hedgehog Engine 2.” The game’s new name is a reference to the battle between the forces of good and evil.

More Sonic news has come out along with the gameplay. Sonic Mania has been delayed from this spring to summer. A specific release date hasn’t been provided yet, but Sega showed off the game again, teasing new enemies, preorder bonuses, a collector’s edition vinyl album, and the return of the Flying Battery Zone.

Here’s Some Let’s Play Footage For Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

I would say about 97% of the people that purchased the Nintendo Switch wanted one thing and one thing only: To play Zelda: Breath Of The Wild.

For people like me, you just didn’t have the extra cash to fork over to get the new system or you were just too late to reserve one on launch day. Luckily, in times like this, the internet becomes our best friend and we can watch others play the games we cant get our hands on.

A good friend of mine did a Let’s Play with BOTW and I’m hear to spread the word of her greatness. Check out the video below and don’t forget to subscribe to her YouTube channel Cyber Kris10 and look for plenty of more posts from her in the future.

Here’s Kristen’s Video. FYI, there is some NSFW language.

Nintendo Switch Outsells Wii At Launch

It was pretty obvious that the Nintendo Switch was going to be a popular console but no one saw these numbers coming for opening weekend alone.

The Switch console boasted impressive records on its first weekend out of the gate, as the developers said it beat every launch sales record for any Nintendo system in the Americas in history. The Friday and Saturday sales alone outsold any previous Nintendo system in North, South and Central America, including the United States and Canada.

Switch sales surpassed the Wii console, which seemed to pop up in just as many homes of parents and grandparents as it did long-time Nintendo fans. That console sold 600,000 units in six days in the same region, but without hard sales figures it’s hard to make a direct comparison.

Also, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the best-selling stand-alone launch game in Nintendo’s history, outselling a personal favorite of mine, Super Mario 64. Those numbers were not compared to a game that came with a console like Wii Sports, which was sold with every new Wii at launch.

Nintendo Switch Users Are Having Some Issues

No console launch has ever gone completely to plan. The same is being said for the newest Nintendo console out on the market: The Switch.

People are already reporting lousy range for WiFi. Others have noticed loud fan noises. Others have had games crash out of nowhere or freeze up while playing. These are all normal things to go wrong with the first releases of a console, but there have been a few complaints through Twitter and other social media sites that are a bit more worrisome than the others.

  • Joy-Cons disconnecting

Reported widely by reviewers prior to the console’s launch, many players have found that the left Joy-Con controller seems to randomly disconnect while playing in docked mode. Trouble syncing seems to be made worse by interference possibly from other electronic devices, or even physical items blocking the controller from the console. Even aquariums seem to cause problems with the left Joy-Con.

  • Adhesive skins ruin surface

Adhesive skins are pulling the paint right off of the console and Joy-Con controllers. DBrand, one companies that makes adhesive skins got out in front of this news and put up a warning on Twitter about the skins.

  • Saved-game data is locked to the console

Save game data is tied to the console itself and can’t be transferred to a MicroSD card. Games and screenshots can, but save data is stuck on the system itself. This means that if you have twenty hours put into Zelda and then your console crashes, there’s no way to retrieve your saved game.

  • Orange and blue screens of death

Many consumers are reporting orange screens of death that require a hard reset to fix. Fortunately, a hard reset worked. At least one Switch owner has reported a blue screen of death, however, which wasn’t fixed with a hard reset. Thankfully that problem seems incredibly rare. Other users are reporting flickering screens and black and white screens.

  • The screen can scratch when you take it out of the dock

Speaking of screen issues, some owners are reporting scratches on the tablet’s screen just from taking it out of the dock. Buy screen protectors ASAP if you want to avoid ugly scarring on your Switch screen.

  • Dead pixels aren’t much fun

Dead pixels in the Switch screen are staring to become common. Not much can be done about this save getting a replacement. The most bizarre part about this particular issue has been Nintendo’s response. Here’s what they say on their support page:

“Small numbers of stuck or dead pixels are a characteristic of LCD screens. These are normal and should not be considered a defect.”

Uhhh… WHAT!? If you buy a product and pay good money for it, don’t accept anything less than a fully functioning system. Return your Switch for a replacement if you have dead pixels and let Nintendo know that this isn’t an acceptable way to treat consumers.

 

Enough Of The Games! Let’s Talk Nintendo Switch Accessories!

Happy launch day to the Nintendo Switch. There’s no doubt that all of them are sold out by now but that doesn’t mean you can’t gear up before you get your hands on the console. Here’s some of the best available accessories availablethat could still cure your Nintendo itch of the Switch. (See what I did there!?)

A Second Pair Of Joy-Con Controllers

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Yes, you so already recieve two of these in the box, but come on, you’re going to want more ! While you can hand one Joy-Con to a friend for multiplayer action, having two will make a huge difference to your experience, and this means you can even bring in two more friends for some four-player action.

Pro Controller

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Not going to be on the move with your switch a lot? Then you’ll eventually want to grab Nintendo’s pro controller. The Joy-Cons are great on the side of your screen when you’re playing on the sofa, but pop your games on the TV screen and chances are you’re going to want a more solid gamepad. Solid and with an inset right thumb stick for comfort, these “sticks” are an excellent addition to your accessory line up for when the Joy-Con grip just won’t cut it. Very similar to the Xbox One controller.

Joy-Con Charge Grip

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The Joy-Con Grip in the box doesn’t charge your controllers. For that you’ll need the Charging Grip so you can charge your pads while you play. It’s definitely worth the price to make sure the Joy-Cons are ready to slide onto the Switch screen and head out the door with you.

Screen Protector For Your Tablet

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If you’re looking for some added insurance to help keep your screen as crisp as the day you got it, pick up a screen protector. They’re cheap, easy to apply, and will keep your Switch looking nice no matter how often you slide your fingers across it. Just take your time applying it and you’ll be bubble and scratch free.

Portable Charger

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The Switch gets anywhere from 2.5 to six hours of battery life. So there’s a good chance that it’ll run out of charge unless you’re hauling some kind of portable battery pack. You have to make sure you get the right one though. If you pick up anything with an output lower than 5V 3A, your Switch will continue to lose charge even if it’s plugged in. This will definitely be slower than plugging your handheld into a wall or dock, but if you’ve got no other alternatives, this is plan B.

Carrying Case

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The Switch is labeled as a portable device, but it’s also much more fragile compared to the the 3DS, so there’s a good chance you’re going to want to buy a case to protect everything. Throw your system in one, zip it up, stash it in a bag or carry it with you, and you’re set.