Nintendo Switch

Some Nintendo Switch Consoles Are Allegedly Warping In Docked Mode

A new issue has arisen regarding the Nintendo Switch and it has nothing to do with the left Joy-Con. A few Nintendo Switch tablets appear to be warping when they’re left in docked mode meaning that they have bent a little possibly due to overheating. The information was first discovered on Reddit when user _NSR showed off a picture of a slightly curvy Switch tablet. Once the post went live some other users chimed in to say that they had experienced similar problems. Nintendo has yet to comment on the situation.

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Thanks to GamerCade Chris for the tip!

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    1. I also had this problem tbh.
      It happened to me while playing BotW while new patch come out and only that one time.
      I took the console of the dock and put it on the desk for a while, then restarted the console and put it in the dock and everything was ok again.

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      1. Same here.
        First I thought it’s just my imagination, but after reading it I gave it another look. But it’s barely noticeable to be honest, maybe 1 or 2 millimeters, and I also don’t know if it was like this from the beginning.

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    2. Honestly this is complete bullshit. A system cannot just become warped for no reason, even if it is overheated. If you take the controllers off the Switch, the tablet itself is only slightly bigger than a large phone. The dock does not put any pressure on the Switch, since there is a small gap on both sides of the system. Without some sort of physical force it would be literally impossible for the system to become warped. In fact I’m not even sure you could warp it with your bare hands and have it stay in that position if you tried. This isn’t a wet piece of lumber that gets dried in the sun, it’s a piece of plastic that does not retain moisture and has screws holding everything in place. It actually goes against the laws of physics for a device like this to warp with no physical pressure.

      People need to stop believeing everything they see and read on the Internet. Especially from Reddit.

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      1. Things can bend from a small amount of pressure over a long period of time. Just thinking about how wood (not just wet wood) will bow over time if you lean it against the wall. That’s just gravity.

        I’m not saying that’s the case here, but clearly something bent that Switch.

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      2. I gave the example of wet wood because wet wood drying in the sun can actually warp with no physical force. While wood leaning on a wall actually has force bending it. My whole point was that a device like the Switch cannot just warp with no force causing it to. And a dock that puts zero force on the Switch could not possibly warp something in that manner, overheated or not. But yea your right, something bent that Switch. Some sort of physical force.

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      3. Well like I’ve already said. Ive left phones and other devices in my truck at the peak of summer. The temperature reached over 130 degrees and I had no warping or bending to any device… they were so hot you could barely touch them. But no warping..

        These rumors of heat bending switches is bullshit.

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      1. Yeah but I know some fanboys and I believe also one of the authors of nintendotoday.com who reported having these issues and I really don’t believe they would do that. Among 1.5 buyers, of course there might be some crazy nuts, but just like the problems with the joycons these issues seem to be quite serious.

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      2. About 1% I’d estimate according to figures provided by my retailer. Though they are also counting people who thinks their device is defective and customer induced damage.

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      3. My Switch is still scratch free… I don’t have a screen protector, I’ve undocked and docked the thing countless times, and still no scratches and I’m clumsy as fuck to boot… people need to learn how to handle their electronics

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      4. What people found were the some of the docks were bent which resulted in the scratches and there’s apparently a penny test that people started doing to determine if theirs was bent. It’s not all because of misuse

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      5. Actually, the dock is the true reason for the screen scratching. It has little to do with the owners’ care in this instance. I noticed after a few uses that the dock was leaving a sort of smear mark upon the screen. The only way to avoid this was to actually pull the front part of the dark outwards by bending EACH AND EVERY TIME I wanted to put it in or remove it. Luckily now I have one of those tempered glass screen covers so this is not an issue anymore.

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      6. Things like this don’t only happen because of mishandling the device. The OG 3DS had a design flaw which caused thin scratch lines to appear on the top screen. Can you blame the consumer for that? No.
        That being said, we can’t tell if the problem described in the article is a design flaw, a factory error affecting only a very small percentage of the devices, or if it was caused by the user. It’s best to just wait and see if we get an official statement from Nintendo and/or more people reporting the same problem. Can’t really blame anyone at this point – not the user, not Nintendo.

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  1. I bet the PS4 owners are feeling pretty smug right now.

    Seriously, it’s been disappointment after disappointment with the Switch so far. This system is unfinished. Put it back in the oven.

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      1. They won’t if you have to restart a majority of them from the beginning, all because Nintendo won’t let you manage and backup your save files. All because Nintendo values gimmicks and anti-piracy over a stable system with data security that can play more than just first-party Nintendo games and indie games.

        Why else would the Switch not get several games released instead on other systems (like Marvel vs Capcom Infinite). Hell, why have these kind of articles in the first place.

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    1. I understand you have statistics on how large percent of customers are affected by issues, compared to at other console launches, maybe you can share that with the rest of us? (Because you’re of course not basing your statement on feelings, right? No, that would be stupid.)

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    2. I’m a ps4 owner……who can’t play it because the hdmi port broke, a common problem of the PS4.

      Look, I used to work in the warranty industry. Every factory produced product, every single one, has a small number that have problems. Most of the time, you aren’t personally the one who experiences the misfortune of being in the 1-4% of people who end up with a factory error. Whenever someone gets the bad luck though, they seem completely convinced that their problem is representative of the product as a whole. The internet has turned this basic truth into a hysterical superstition factory. If a couple thousand people have the problem, fine, it warrants attention. A couple people on a reddit thread? Even if they’re true, it’s utter nonsense to treat it as a serious problem.

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    3. actually no… i have a ps4 from the 3rd submodel (where they made it a bit lighter and moved the ports around) yet not the PS4 slim nor the pro….. and as far as i know ps3 and ps4 had their share of design flaws on launch
      (ps3 phat and the bad cooling leading to YLoD) and the PS4 blue pulsing light for eternity

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  2. ||Yet no issues at all in my territory, these drones are just too stupid to handle our machines…||

    ||Back to training or keep your mouths silent…||

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      1. ||Whatever the cause, it’s still an insignificant number in the end, nothing to waste time on except the repair team…||

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      1. I remember doing that for the NES. Ahh the good old days. As for launch, only console I’ve ever had issues with was my Wii U. It wouldn’t turn properly. I sent it in to Nintendo, and had a replacement within two weeks I think. No other console, launch or otherwise, ever had issues for me.

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      2. My brothers and I usually got it working within five minutes. Not too many times longer than that if I remember correctly thank goodness. Slightly off topic, but I knew a kid whose little brother put peanut butter into his Monopoly cartridge. Needless to say, that game never worked again. Not exactly game of the year material, but still.

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      3. If blowing didn’t work… you had to kinda… spit in it just a little… a LITTLE… like, a very very slight mist… only on the stubborn ones…

        And alcohol and swabbies are your friends. I could get a cart working in no time flat. I had a 3 step fail safe process. And if it was a game I’d be running for hours on end, I’d double check to make sure it worked a second time to make sure I didnt have a “barely there” connection. :)

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      4. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Please, Nintendo! Blow me off of the fence at E3 onto your side so I can say the same for Switch, too!} says:

        He does spend most of his bloody time on here defending Nintendo. The only time i have seen him not defend them was with FedshitForce. That’s been the ONLY time. That’s why I’ve labeled him 99% fanboy. *shrug* Whatever. His life. Maybe one day Nintendo will actually pay these poor saps actual money for all the damage control they do.

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    1. It would happen to any company. It’s 2017: the Internet loves negative topics and bring people down when they get the chance.

      An isolated issue, very likely caused by human error, geys blown out of proportion.

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    2. Yeah, right. And I’m Harry Potter! SHUT UP YOU FREAK! The Switch has had some problems, yes, but what about the Xbox 360’s infamous red ring of death? EH?! REMEMBER THAT?!? YOU NINTENDO HATING FREAK!

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  3. It’s not the dock guys, the dock doesn’t even touch the console. It’s how you play it in portable mode.
    Don’t stress it excessively, that’s it. It’s large, it’s thin. It’s physics. You know.

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  4. Somebody get these grown children a tablet that’s childproof. Clearly the Switch isn’t for adults that handle electronics like a 6 year old would.

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  5. Everyone needs to relax and wait for more facts to come in. We don’t know if this was caused by the dock, or if it was sat on, or whatever else. So calm down. Stop blaming the owners, stop blaming Nintendo. Apparently it’s just a couple of consoles. Don’t know for sure, perhaps others just haven’t reported it. We don’t know. If it was Nintendo’s error, I’m sure they will rectify it.

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    1. It’s painfully obvious it’s the owners of the device. If it came warped when they got it they would have reported on it then. And a dock that has gaps on both sides of the system could not possibly warp it. It would be impossible, literally impossible. Heat would also not warp the system alone, that too is impossible.

      The ONLY way a system could warp in that manner is if it was a factory defect, (again, they would have said something then) or by some sort of physical force…. Sounds to me like he bent his console and he’s trying to blame it on a dock that does not touch the actual device from the sides..lol

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      1. actually, it can warp in dock mode…. if the docking station has no proper vents or a way to cool it down (and no a few millimeters is not proper ventilation)..
        does any one know about thermal expansion?
        all solids tend to expand when their temperatures rise…and all materials expand at different rates…. it is a phenomenon exploited in what is called bimetallic switches

        and after several cycles of heating up then cooling up some plastic deformation will show up

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    1. It may be steel, but it is thin enough that heat distortion is certainly not out of the question. And if you look at the picture, the bend is very slight.

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      1. No, heat distortion is out of the question. lol. This isn’t a wet piece of lumber, it’s a tablet with a screen, screws, and electronic components holding everything in place. For it to warp with zero physical force is impossible.

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      2. Are you an idiot? Do you know how heat works? It’s simple physics.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermal_expansion

        Heat causes things to expand. If one side of the console is becoming hot and the other is remaining at a much lower temperature, and the whole chassis is attached to a rigid structure (which it is), that means one side will expand while the other stays the same shape, causing it to bend. No *physical* force required. It’s the same reason that vinyl siding warps when it’s nailed down too tightly and then bakes in the sun. Stop filling this comment board with nonsense.

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      3. And that’s what happened to these peoples switches… really.?

        You have no right to call anyone an idiot. You clearly have no idea what your talking about. Have you ever left your iPad or iPhone out in hot car? I have, and so have millions of other people. The heat baked these devices much hotter than a Switch could ever become and there was no bending or warping. And comparing a piece of flimsy vinyl to a device that has a metal frame, hard plastic, electronics, a 6″ screen and screws holding everything in place is a ridiculous comparison. And what kind of vinyl siding warps in the sun?? Not the kind on my house, or my neighbors or their neighbors or the block behind me or a mile down the street, hell even on the other side of town. I live in the tropics dude it get 100+ degrees here and not a single one of our houses have warped vinyl! Lmaoo

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  6. Next issue: It has been revealed the Switch also shuts down when submerged in water.

    The Switch also explodes and gets very hot when struck by Lightning please be advised.

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  7. I’ve seen too many of these negative issue reports to believe even one of them. I’ve had no warping, and no scratches. I have reason to believe that these are all ploys to down Nintendo’s reputation. We never seem to hear anything like about Xbox or Playstation, do we?

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  8. No issues here and I’ve been playing heavily as well as letting an 8 and 6 year old play heavily without supervision and besides fingerprints…. Nothing wrong with my Switch. The Internet tries to make a couple people’s problems seem like it’s everyone’s problem when in fact it’s just a couple ppls problems… Who knows what they were doing with their Switchs

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  9. This console really worry people, lot of them don’t want it to succeed because it can shift the paradigm that electrical consumption (and subsequent TFLOPS) isn’t that important. A console that I cant take with me? And where are the wrinkles or the fur of my beloved characters?

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  10. From my experience with the Switch, my only logically reaction to this is to just say “well, you should learn to take care of your shit”

    My Switch is still unscratched even without a protector, it isn’t bending, and hasn’t had a single issue aside from that…

    People need to learn how to treat their shit correctly xD

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  11. For the record, mine warped a little. at first i thought – was it like this from the beginning? just cause the curve is so slight. however, now i am worried about playing it any longer docked. which sucks, cause those zelda graphics on hd are awesome.

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    1. Same here.
      First I thought it’s just my imagination, but after reading it I gave it another look. But it’s barely noticeable to be honest, maybe 1 or 2 millimeters, and I also don’t know if it was like this from the beginning.

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  12. How odd, I’ve played for more than 8 hours straight , and the most my switch has gotten in terms of heat wise is slightly warm. Hopefully this isn’t a common issue.

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    1. The dock doesn’t put any pressure on the system, not even a little. I can’t believe so many news sites picked this story up…

      I’m gonna take a picture of my switch half way up my ass. Then I’m gonna report that the dock actually propels the switch into the air… I just happen to be standing over it when it happened, ouch!

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  13. I’ll believe it’s epidemic when I see it’s epidemic. And as long as Nintendo does right by the people it happens to, I say no biggie.

    If we’re to judge a system by non-epidemic problems it has – particularly in the launch window, then there hasn’t been a good system since the 16-bit era, if not sooner, or heck, if ever, and probably will never be one again – so what the hell are we all still doing hanging around these comment sections?

    “Bendgate – Switch edition” ain’t got nothing on RRoD, for instance – and that system was still well loved and successful!!

    My goodness, how we make mountains out of molehills, people! If it becomes epidemic – or worse, if Nintendo starts telling people to just deal with it, yeah, come back and see me. Until then I say “problem? What problem?” This certainly isn’t going to cause me to put mine on eBay, I can tell you that!

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  14. Calling bullshit on this one. It takes a shit ton of force to even bend that thing and the heat levels on the switch aren’t enough to warp it like this. Either this is the result of ones neglegence or someone trying to damper the reputation of the switch.

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  15. Unfortunately, my Switch is warped in the exact same way as this guy’s. I’m glad he brought it to our attention, checked it over the weekend and I was surprised that mine did exactly the same thing after leaving it in the dock all weekend playing Zelda.

    Nintendo is going to replace it, should have a new Switch and Dock (because that’s bent too) by this time next week, sent it off today.

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  16. Just an update on the Switch “bending” issue. I just called Nintendo directly to ask about my Switch unit. The back casing seems to be “curved” on the sides. By curved, I mean the ends are thinner than the middle giving that “curved” appearance. Just to be sure, I went to my brother’s house (who just bought his Switch yesterday) and his is the exact same way out of the box. The representative I talked to confirmed that this is by design and not an issue just as I thought it to be. The side with my screen is perfectly flat. So unless you have a curved screen and by curved I mean seriously curved such as that user on Reddit….then you don’t really have a bent Switch. Just throwing that out there…
    Additionally, I would suggest you check your dock for any bending. Give it the “penny test” to know for sure. My dock was indeed bent slightly inwards and little did I know had caused slight scuffing on the back of my Switch on one side. The representative sent me a free overnight shipping label in my email and I will be sending off my dock today. I am more than certain that if I did not have a screen protector on my Switch the screen would have been scratched as well, so perhaps a bent dock is the issue with all the screen scratching. I would highly suggest you guys check your dock as well as the front AND back of your Switch.
    P.S. Nintendo Customer Service rocks and is quite phenomenal.

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  17. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Please, Nintendo! Blow me off of the fence at E3 onto your side so I can say the same for Switch, too!} says:

    *facepalm* Damage control for Switch still continues. Why can’t some of you guys just accept there are a few defective Switches out there & move on? Every console has had them so no need to go into panic Switch Fanboy mode & accuse these people of being liars that are just bad at taking care of their things. My Switch has a chip on it’s screen & I know I took care of my Switch console. No amount of damage control is going to change the fact of my circumstance. Nor is it gonna change the circumstance of the others that have had an issue. You guys act as if you believe these people that it’s gonna somehow destroy the Switch’s chances or that it’s gonna somehow effect your Switch console. Like homosexuality, it’s not fucking contagious, guys!

    Jesus fucking Christ! I think everyone in love with their Switch has already gone into total fanboy mode & the damn thing hasn’t even been out a full year with an amazing library yet! I wonder, though. Maybe some of these people are just antsy since we just left the failure that is the Wii U so they are trying to combat every bit of negativity toward the Switch out of some phobia that it’s gonna rub off onto their brand new toy.

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  18. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Please, Nintendo! Blow me off of the fence at E3 onto your side so I can say the same for Switch, too!} says:

    Seriously!? What word triggered the awaiting moderation crap for my comment!? Was it… homosexuality?

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    1. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Please, Nintendo! Blow me off of the fence at E3 onto your side so I can say the same for Switch, too!} says:

      No. That’s not it. Was it…
      Jesus fucking Christ? :o

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      1. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Please, Nintendo! Blow me off of the fence at E3 onto your side so I can say the same for Switch, too!} says:

        No. Not that, either. Maybe the site is just being retarded then. I guess I should try to copy & paste my entire comment & try again.

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      2. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Please, Nintendo! Blow me off of the fence at E3 onto your side so I can say the same for Switch, too!} says:

        Damn it. This keeps up & I’m gonna have double comments! D: Let’s hope the mods delete the extra posts that aren’t needed when I’m done experimenting. Or maybe I should be patient & let a mod get to my comment & let it go through. No. Last time I did that, that comment was trapped in moderation hell. D: I know! I’ll do my comment as a two parter! Maybe my comment had one too many cuss words & WordPress just didn’t like it! lol

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      3. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Please, Nintendo! Blow me off of the fence at E3 onto your side so I can say the same for Switch, too!} says:

        WordPress, fix yo shit! D:<

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  19. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Please, Nintendo! Blow me off of the fence at E3 onto your side so I can say the same for Switch, too!} says:

    (Let’s try this again!)

    *facepalm* Damage control for Switch still continues. Why can’t some of you guys just accept there are a few defective Switches out there & move on? Every console has had them so no need to go into panic Switch Fanboy mode & accuse these people of being liars that are just bad at taking care of their things. My Switch has a chip on it’s screen & I know I took care of my Switch console. No amount of damage control is going to change the fact of my circumstance. Nor is it gonna change the circumstance of the others that have had an issue. You guys act as if you believe these people that it’s gonna somehow destroy the Switch’s chances or that it’s gonna somehow effect your Switch console. Like homosexuality, it’s not fucking contagious, guys!

    Jesus fucking Christ! I think everyone in love with their Switch has already gone into total fanboy mode & the damn thing hasn’t even been out a full year with an amazing library yet! I wonder, though. Maybe some of these people are just antsy since we just left the failure that is the Wii U so they are trying to combat every bit of negativity toward the Switch out of some phobia that it’s gonna rub off onto their brand new toy.

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  20. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Please, Nintendo! Blow me off of the fence at E3 onto your side so I can say the same for Switch, too!} says:

    (Let’s try this again! This time, I’ll break my comment into two parts.)

    *facepalm* Damage control for Switch still continues. Why can’t some of you guys just accept there are a few defective Switches out there & move on? Every console has had them so no need to go into panic Switch Fanboy mode & accuse these people of being liars that are just bad at taking care of their things. My Switch has a chip on it’s screen & I know I took care of my Switch console. No amount of damage control is going to change the fact of my circumstance. Nor is it gonna change the circumstance of the others that have had an issue. You guys act as if you believe these people that it’s gonna somehow destroy the Switch’s chances or that it’s gonna somehow effect your Switch console. Like homosexuality, it’s not fucking contagious, guys!

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