A word of caution if you’re using a third-party dock with your Nintendo Switch: Your console is at risk of bricking. At least, that’s according to a number of complaints, a number of which have come to light following Nintendo’s recent 5.0 update.
Nintendo has released a statement, via Kotaku, addressing the issue. Needless to say, the problem is another reminder why Nintendo needs to implement cloud saves, or at least the ability to save on a microSD card.
Unlicensed products and accessories do not undergo Nintendo’s testing and evaluation process. They might not work at all with our game systems, and they could have compatibility problems with certain games, the Nintendo Switch system itself, and other licensed accessories and peripherals.
Several complaints on Reddit and elsewhere say their consoles are rendered completely inoperable after using them with a third-party dock, and there’s no indication as to what’s causing the issue.
Some believe it’s tied to the recent 5.0 update, but several complaints precede the latest software. Kotaku’s post highlights instances where products made from Nyko have affected Nintendo’s portable console. Other third-party docks are also causing the Switch to stop working.
Weirdly, it doesn’t appear as though every unit used with a third-party dock is affected. However, considering the rise in reports, it would be wise to stick with the dock made by Nintendo. Some users have come to the conclusion that the power delivery of third-party docks could be to blame for the rise in bricked systems.
Although Nintendo released a statement about the issue, there’s no indication if the company is investigating the reason behind the problem, and if a fix is on the way.
The good news, according to a number of reports, is that Nintendo is offering to repair Switch consoles affected by the issue—but only if they’re under warranty.
If you do send your console in, however, your saved data could be wiped forever. If you’ve sunk 80 hours into Zelda, and Nintendo decides to wipe your system during repairs, you’ll have to start over.
You can currently get the official Nintendo Switch dock for $69.