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Nintendo kindly advises Switch owners not use their Joy-Con near aquariums

Nintendo kindly advises Switch owners not use their Joy-Con near aquariums


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If Ross Miller’s review of the Nintendo Switch is any indication, this is a great device to take with you everywhere and anywhere.... except to an aquarium, evidently.

Addressing some known connectivity issues with the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers, Nintendo cautioned that nearby wireless devices may cause interference, preventing the Joy-Con from pairing to the main system properly or registering the correct controls. A list of locations where Nintendo suggests you shouldn’t place the Switch console includes “within three to four feet of another wireless device, such as a wireless speaker or a wireless access point,” “behind a TV,” “in or under a metal object,” and “near an aquarium.”

Additionally, sources of interference include devices most people own. The full list is below:

  • Cell phones, laptops, tablets, etc.
  • Wireless headsets
  • Wireless printers
  • Microwaves
  • Wireless speakers
  • Cordless phones
  • USB 3.0-compatible devices such as hard drives, thumb drives, LAN adapters, etc.

Let’s pretend I’m willing to throw away my laptop, iPad, and smartphone so that I could enjoy playing the Switch. Wireless printer? Cordless phone? IN THE TRASH! But microwave? Do not threaten my livelihood, Nintendo.

The company did not clarify whether the Joy-Con issue affects all devices, or just select systems.

Watch: Nintendo Switch hardware review