Nintendo Says Keep Your Switch Away From Aquariums for Best Joy-Con Experience


The Nintendo Switch has officially launched and fans everywhere are stoked about finally picking up their long-anticipated system. In fact, the release of the console has gone so well, Gamestop has announced that the system has capped out as their most successful launch since Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One debuts back in 2013. However, if you are one of the lucky Nintendo fans that has gotten your new system already, you have probably been noticing connectivity issues with the Joy-Con controllers since launch. No need to panic, though, as there are a few things you can do to make sure you get the best out of your gameplay experience.

Like with all brand new system launches, there are bound to be some bugs here and there that cause some grief for the players at home. However, it seems that in the two days since the Switch launched, there have been plenty of complaints coming in from fans that the Joy-Con controllers are losing connection, or reacting without user input (i.e. characters moving without the player telling them to). Because of these complaints, Nintendo has posted a support page on the topic with some suggestions on how to solve the problem.

One of the first things you should always do with a console is to check and make sure all the software and firmware are up to date. If you’ve already ensured that those two things are taken care of, Nintendo offers up a few more tips to make sure there is no interference with the Joy-Con controllers.

Make sure the Nintendo Switch isn’t:

  • Behind a TV
  • Near an aquarium (Yes, an aquarium, and we don’t mean just to keep it from getting wet)
  • Placed in or under a metal object
  • Pressed against a large amount of wires and cords
  • Within three to four feet of another wireless device, such as a wireless speaker or a wireless access point.

Possible sources of interference you might own that should be turned off if you plan on using the Nintendo Switch:

  • 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.

That’s… a lot of steps to take to make sure the Joy-Con controllers work properly. If you haven’t had any problem with your system since you picked it up, you very well could have the optimal set-up in your house to ensure that no electrical interference has affected your system. If you do face these problems, you might have to consider moving the system entirely to keep it away from the interfering appliances. Nintendo has suggested keeping the Joy-Con controllers no less than 4 feet away from interfering appliances, which rules out gaming in small rooms with a lot of electronics. If moving the system is not an option, then powering down your other appliances may be your only option to ensure top gaming experience until a bug fix is found. Unless, you know, you don’t mind turning off all your electronics before a gaming session.


Hopefully, Nintendo will come out with a solution to this problem soon, so that gamers can comfortably enjoy their new system. In the meantime, it looks like your precious goldfish is just going to have to miss out on watching you play your favorite Nintendo titles, so that your Joy-Con controllers work their very best. Bummer.

What do you think of the update from Nintendo? Do you believe they will be able to address the Joy-Con connectivity problem they are facing? Share your thoughts in the comments below or hop on over to our Don’t Feed The Gamers Disqus to join in on the conversation there! Also, don’t forget to follow our Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7. As always … game on, friends!


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