Nintendo America boss says the firm’s in “fact-finding mode” regarding Switch Joy-Con, screen scratching issues [UPDATE]

By Stephany Nunneley
10 March 2017 17:42 GMT

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has said the company has gone into “fact-finding mode” in order to figure out what is causing Switch issues reported by consumers. Nintendo has also released a statement on the matter, and we’ve updated the post below with said statement.



Nintendo sent an expanded statement to Time, and it is posted in full below:

“At Nintendo, we take great pride in creating quality products and we want our consumers to have a positive experience. It is common with any new innovative consumer technology for consumers to have questions, and Nintendo Switch is no exception.

“There are no widespread technical problems, and all issues are being handled promptly, including the reports regarding the left Joy-Con Bluetooth connection. To best support our customers, we continuously update the online consumer support site and provide real-time answers to the questions we are receiving.

“We want our consumers to get up and running quickly to have fun with Nintendo Switch, and if anything falls short of this goal we encourage them to contact Nintendo’s Consumer Service team. For help with any hardware or software questions, please visit:”

It’s good to know these aren’t widespread issues, and hopefully those who are having issues will have them sorted soon.

The original post follows below.


Speaking with Time, Fils-Aime touched upon reports of Joy-Con connection issues as well as reports of the dock scratching the Switch tablet screen.

“We’ve seen the inquiries, and we here in the Americas are looking at all the information we can get our hands on,” he said. “We want as much consumer feedback as possible.

“Specifically on Joy-Con syncing, all I can tell you is that we are aware of and have seen some of the reports. We’re asking consumers a lot of questions. That’s why we want to get consumers on our help line, so we can get as much information to understand the situation as possible.

“And so we are in a fact-finding mode, to really understand the situation and the scenarios. And with that information, we’ll look and see what the next steps are.”

Fils-Aime said Nintendo encourages Switch users experiencing the sync issue, or any other problems, to contact Nintendo Support.

As far as the Switch screen being scratched during the docking and undocking process, Fils-Aimes said his team has not experienced the issue first-hand.

“We have done literally hundreds of events, starting with our activity back in January, and most recently the various tours that we continue to take the system out on,” he said. “As soon as I heard of this report, I asked my teams, ‘Have we seen this in our own experience?’ And the candid answer has been no.

“Throughout all of those experiences, throughout all the docking and undocking we’ve done, we haven’t seen it. So this is one where if it is happening, we want to understand more as to what the specific situation is. Which is why we want consumers to let us know through our support site.”

The post on Time didn’t mention reports of blue screen, orange screen or screen flickering reports from Switch users.

It’s still unknown how wide-spread the aforementioned issues are, especially since Switch is still in the early days of launch.

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