Some of you will have a shiny new Switch, and you may want to give it a little extra jazz to its appearance. Plenty liked buying skins for their Wii U GamePad, for example, and at present the many awesome official cover plates for the smaller New Nintendo 3DS still do the trick.
Nintendo Switch owners may be wise, though, to wait for officially released and licensed skins for the Joy-Con controllers and console, as one third-party has taken the noble step of warning against what would have been its own products.
dbrand - which makes various skins for multiple systems - ran into problems testing its planned products, and rather than ship them and hope for the best has done a good job of preserving its reputation by holding back and warning gamers of the dangers. Below are some pictures of the damage done by its products in testing.
The issue seems to affect the Joy-Con controllers and console. An excerpt of the company's Reddit post is below.
We're here to make a public service announcement that under no circumstances should you be buying a vinyl skin / wrap for your Nintendo Switch. Seems like a counter-intuitive narrative from the world's leading skin manufacturer, right? Allow us to explain.
Simply put, the coating which exists on the JoyCons (and the console – more on that later) is either cured or designed in a way which doesn't play well with adhesive.
...Again, we decided to reserve judgement on whether the Console would be skin-able until we purchased a retail unit to compare against the potentially non-final early unit which we were prototyping with.
As you can guess, we purchased a retail unit (ten, in fact… just to make sure it wasn't an isolated issue) and both the Joy-Cons and the Console are not compatible with vinyl wraps or any adhesive-backed skin of any kind.
This is really quite unfortunate, not just because we were going to make a ton of money from this console, but more-so because it genuinely did look dope with a skin [pictured first, above]
As for anyone who pre-ordered a Switch skin, we'll be refunding your order in full over the next 72 hours. Upon execution, you can expect an email from our customer service robots confirming that the refund has been processed. If you pre-ordered a Switch skin alongside other item(s), you'll receive a refund for only the Switch portion and the remaining pieces will ship normally.
Credit to dbrand for taking the hit, as it were, and sounding a cautious note to all looking at third-party skins for their Switch. There are some officially licensed options on the way, so perhaps they will be the way to go.
With thanks to all that sent this in.