Earlier this month, a number of unfortunate Switch owners found themselves with a paperweight of a system after the release of the version 5.0 firmware update. This is due to the update making serious changes to the internal coding of the system, which in turn caused several different third-party docks to become incompatible. Not only did these docks stop working, but they somehow ended bricking the systems they were connected to.
Nintendo hasn’t said anything about this situation, at least until now.
A Switch owner named Sean, whose system was also bricked after the 5.0 update, reached out to Kotaku to tell the site of the experience they had with Nintendo. Sean confirmed that Nintendo is aware of the situation since its customer service reps have to deal with many similar cases since the update. Sean’s Switch was bricked after being connected to the infamous Nyko dock (which was causing similar issues even before the update). Kotaku then reached out to Nintendo, and the company sent this statement back:
“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.”
This statement is similar to the one that’s already on the official Nintendo website which talks about the difference between licensed and unlicensed products. I included this description in my recent article about this situation (which was posted a few days ago), explaining why I think it isn’t truly justifiable for some folks to be blaming Nintendo for this bricking issue.
While this statement from Nintendo doesn’t shed any specific light on exactly what’s been causing the bricking issue, it does highlight an important point: unlicensed accessories are risky. Pretty much no company out there endorses the use of aftermarket accessories for its products. For instance, when my phone notices a low electrical current while it’s charging, it prompts me to make sure I’m using the original charger that came with it.
Still, it would be nice to know exactly what’s causing this problem, but Nintendo isn’t likely to say much else. But if more ever is said, we’ll be sure to publish a new report about it. In the meantime, if you have a third-party dock avoid using it until this problem passes.