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NES Controller Will Not Power On

Description:

  • The NES controller will not power on.
  • The player LEDs on the NES controller will not light up or blink when pressing a button.

Additional Information:

  • It takes approximately 3½ hours to fully charge the NES controllers.
  • When fully charged, the batteries for the NES controllers can last approximately 20 hours. This may vary depending on use.

What to Do:

  1. Verify that you are using the NES controllers, model No. HAC-033 (left) and HAC-034 (right). The model number can be found on the back of each controller.
  2. Allow the NES controllers to charge.
    • When the NES controllers are charging, a battery & lightning bolt icon will be displayed below each controller from HOME Menu > Controllers.
      hac-ss-nes-controllers-charging.jpg
    • If the Nintendo Switch console is not receiving power while attempting to charge it, click here.
  3. Once charged, detach the NES controllers from the console and press any button on each controller.
  4. If the player LEDs do not flash and shut off, or flash and remain solid when pressing a button on the NES controller, try the following:
    • Reset the NES controllers.
      Press the SYNC Button once on each controller, then press any other button to power them on.
    • Verify if other controllers can charge properly on the console.
      Attach a pair of Joy-Con controllers to the console and connect the AC adapter.
      • When the Joy-Con controllers are charging, a battery & lightning bolt icon will be displayed below each controller from HOME Menu > Controllers.
        hac-ss-joycon-console-charging.jpg

Situation Not Resolved:

If the NES controllers are still unable to power on after charging them with the console, please contact us for further support by clicking here.