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NES Controller Does Not Respond in Handheld and Wireless Mode

Description:

While used with a Nintendo Switch console in handheld and in wireless mode:

  • The buttons or +Control Pad on the NES controller respond incorrectly or do not respond at all.
  • The characters move on their own, they drift, or there is an input lag when pressing a button.

Important:

If the NES controllers are not recognised at all while attached to the Nintendo Switch console, click here.

What to Do:

  1. Verify that you are using the Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online software.
    If you are using two NES controllers, only player one can navigate the Game Selection menu.
  2. Ensure you have downloaded and installed any available software updates for Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online prior to starting a game from that library.
  3. If the issue persists, try the following:
    • Ensure your console has the latest system version.
      If the system is already up to date, restart it by holding down the POWER Button for three seconds, then selecting “Power Options” > “Restart”.
    • With the NES controllers attached to the console, test the buttons.
      Keep in mind the functionality for each button from the following diagram:
      hac-ss-nes-controllers-attached-button-layout.jpg

Situation Not Resolved:

If the issue persists with a specific button or buttons, the problematic NES controller(s) will need to be repaired.

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