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Super NES Controller Will Not Power On

The information in this article can help you when:

  • The Super Nintendo Entertainment System Controller will not power on.
  • The player LEDs on the Super NES Controller will not light up or blink when pressing a button.

Note

  • It takes approximately 3.5 hours to fully charge the Super NES Controller.

What to do

  1. Verify that you are using the Super NES Controller, model number HAC-042. The model number can be found on the back of the controller.
    • If a different accessory is being used, replacing it with the correct controller may resolve the problem.
  2. Reset the AC adapter by leaving it unplugged from both ends for at least 30 seconds.
    • While performing this step, verify you are using the Nintendo Switch AC adapter (HAC-002) and check for any cuts, kinks, frayed cables, etc.
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    • If any damage is found, or if a different charger is being used, replacing it with the correct accessory may resolve the problem.
  3. Connect the Nintendo Switch AC adapter directly to the USB connector at the top of the Super NES Controller, and connect the plug end to a wall outlet.
    • While charging, the recharge LED on the Super NES Controller will remain lit. (Once the battery charge is complete, the recharge LED will go out.)

Did the recharge LED on the Super NES Controller come on?


Power on your Nintendo Switch console, then press any button on the Super NES Controller.

If the player LEDs turn on momentarily and then shut off, the Super NES Controller will need to be paired to the console.

If the recharge LED remains lit while the AC adapter is plugged in, but the player LEDs do not turn on, allow the Super NES Controller to charge for at least 15 to 30 minutes. Then pair it to the console.

Situation Not Resolved

If any of the scenarios below apply, the Super NES Controller will need to be repaired:

  • The Super NES Controller has charged for at least 15 to 30 minutes, but the player LEDs will not turn on at all when a button is pressed.
  • The battery charge on the Super NES Controller does not last very long even after charging for at least 3.5 hours.

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If the recharge LED does not turn on at all, test the AC adapter by connecting it directly to your console.

Is the AC adapter working?


The Super NES Controller will need to be repaired.

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Try the following:

  • Use a different wall outlet.
  • If possible, use a different Nintendo Switch AC adapter.
    • If another AC adapter works with the console, the original Nintendo Switch AC adapter will need to be replaced.