According to a recent statement, the Nintendo Switch battery could be rendered unusable if not charged at least every six months.
Some surprising, and potentially disastrous information, concerning the Nintendo Switch battery life was recently revealed on Nintendo Japan’s official Twitter account:
— 任天堂サポート (@nintendo_cs) September 28, 2020
According to the tweet, Nintendo states that it’s possible some Switches’ batteries won’t be able to be charged anymore if you leave it uncharged for very long periods of time. The tweet also suggests that to prevent this from happening, make sure to charge your Switch every six months at the very least, though personally I would suggest much more often that.
While those with a regularly used Nintendo Switch might not ever face this issue, for those with special edition or backup Switches this could prove to be extremely relevant. I wish this information was far more widespread but considering that Nintendo is reportedly downplaying the issue during a class-action lawsuit that was filed in July of last year, it’s not shocking. Yes it’s true. Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith (CSK&D), a law firm in the US, reports that Nintendo is arguing that the Joy-Con drift issue “isn’t a real problem or hasn’t caused anyone any inconvenience.”
In other related news, Nintendo Switch Online subscription service is performing quite well. The service, which launched almost two years ago to the day, is now sitting an impressive 26 million paid members as of this month. With the Switch sitting at around 56 million units sold, the subscription base is now just below 50%.
The online subscription service has seen a huge spike following the launch of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. A paid membership is required to play any of Nintendo’s titles online and with the popularity of New Horizons, coupled with the fact a large percentage of the game’s social features requiring online play, it’s little surprise to see it having such a positive impact on Nintendo’s numbers.
The company also announced last month that, at least in Japan, Nintendo will now allow you to cancel the pre-orders of digital Switch games up to seven days before the game’s release date.
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