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Nintendo Switch Skins Reportedly Cause Surface Damage

Affecting both the Joy-Cons and console itself.

Applying stickers, skins or any similar type of adhesive to Nintendo Switch will reportedly damage the surface of the Joy-Cons, as well as the console itself.

In a series of posts on Twitter (via Polygon), a company that makes skins for a variety of electronic devices (including game consoles) called dbrand has been prototyping skins for Nintendo’s new console and found that “after removing the skin, it was obvious that the coating on the Joy-Cons do not play well with any kind of adhesive.”

Joy-Con after adhesive was removed, via dbrands on Twitter

The company also tested adhesives on multiple Switch units and found “the same holds true for the console.”

Switch console after adhesive was removed, via dbrands on Twitter

In a post on reddit, dbrand explained its testing process, saying they purchased 10 retails units and confirmed that “both the Joy-Cons and the console are not compatible with vinyl wraps or any adhesive-backed skin of any kind.” As a result, the company is canceling and refunding all the pre-orders they received for Switch skins and cautioned consumers to “not buy a skin for your Nintendo Switch.”

Another adhesive manufacturer called Slickwraps, which also makes skins for various electronic devices, was asked on Twitter if they noticed a similar issue, to which they replied: “We’re testing over 80 different materials and recording the process.”

We’ve reached out to Nintendo for comment and will update this story when we receive a response. In the meantime, check out our complete Nintendo Switch buyer’s guide, as well as IGN’s Nintendo Switch review in progress.

Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his YouTube channel.

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