If you find you are experiencing any performance issues or frame rate drops in-game, we have put together some solutions that may help resolve them.

We would recommend working your way through these steps as your first port of call to make sure your system is running optimally before seeking further support.

Common Performance Issues

  • Low frames per second (FPS)
  • Graphical glitches and errors
  • An uneven of jerky gameplay experience
  • Poor video quality in-game

Restart your Switch

This seems like a simple one, and you've likely already tried it. But it goes without saying that restarting your Nintendo Switch is the first step you should try when experiencing any peformance issues.

To perform a hard restart, press and hold the POWER Button situated on the top-left of the console for a duration of 20 seconds. Afterward, press the POWER Button once to initiate the console's power-on sequence.

Make sure your system and games are up-to-date

You can find steps on how to do this here:

Restart your Networking equipment

If you are finding that your performance issues only seem to come up when playing an online game, the next essential step is to power cycle your modem and router. If your modem and router have physical power buttons or toggles, switch them off for at least one minute. If your devices don't have a power switch, unplug them from the power source instead.

Regardless of the method, start by turning your modem back on. Wait until all the lights are on as usual, and then proceed to turn your router back on.

Once both are fully turned on, reconnect your Switch to the Wi-Fi again. If there was a temporary problem with your network equipment, this should clear it up.

Check for Slow Internet speeds

To troubleshoot online lagging issues on your Nintendo Switch, it is essential to determine the download and upload speeds of your internet connection by conducting a speed test. Please keep in mind that the recommended speed requirements for the Nintendo Switch are a minimum of 3 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload. Here are the steps to perform a speed test on your console:

  1. From the HOME Screen of your Nintendo Switch, choose System Settings
  2. Scroll down and select Internet
  3. On the right pane, select Test Connection to initiate the speed test
  4. Once the test is complete, you will see a "Connection test successful" message, and the speed results will be displayed at the bottom of the screen

Clear your Nintendo Switch Cache

You can find steps on how to do this here:

Check and Repair any Corrupted Data

To check if there is any corrupted data in the game you are having issues with, please:

  1. From the HOME Menu, select System Settings
  2. Scroll down the options on the left and select Data Management 
  3. On the right-hand side select Software 
  4. Then select the software title you would like to check 
  5. Select Check for Corrupt Data 

If corrupt data was found you will need to select the Redownload option and follow the instructions that appear.