Eager gamers have been plying their trade on the Nintendo Switch this weekend, but those who have been considering applying some skins to their newfangled hardware could be in a shock down the road. Third party skin manufacturer dbrand has officially warned consumers that both the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons and the console itself are susceptible to cosmetic damage after switching between various skins.
According to dbrand, the coating on both the Nintendo Switch and the Joy-Cons begin to peel off after a few cosmetic skin applications. Because of this, the company made the bold move to officially recommend that consumers refrain from purchasing skins for the Nintendo Switch, while simultaneously cancelling and refunding every pre-order it had for Switch and Joy-Con skins.
Interested gamers can take a look at some examples of the aforementioned damage below:
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The Joy-Cons have run into some major problems of late, with many consumers and early-bird reviewers reporting about a common synchronization problem that has occurred with the controllers. Nintendo has offered some basic troubleshooting advice for afflicted users, though these instructions are more of the generic kind which pertain to any wireless connectivity issue.
Dbrand has stated that the problem remains even when the company uses the lowest grade of adhesive it can get away with for a 3m vinyl, and while the company could cut around the issue when it comes to the logo on the console itself, the cured coating on the Joy-Cons has presented an issue that the company currently can't find a way around.
It's worth noting that rival brand PDP has stated that its official Zelda case will not damage the console, so the ball is firmly in the consumer's court on whether they want to pick up any cosmetic skins while the console's sensitivity to adhesive applications is being investigated. Of course, if consumers plan on keeping one skin on permanently, this isn't an issue – but for those who want to keep their Switch in top condition, it's certainly cause for concern.
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Source: dbrand (Twitter)