Nintendo faces backlash for blocking charity Switch Joy-Con design

It might be known as one of the friendlier faces in gaming, but Nintendo is currently trending online for all the wrong reasons. The company is facing a fierce backlash after after it emerged that it has blocked the sale of a Nintendo Switch accessory designed to raise money for a mental health charity. 

Content Creator Alex Blake created a pair of Joy-Con controller skins (below) in memory of gaming YouTuber Desmond "Etika" Amofah, a "legend in the Nintendo community" who took his own life in 2019. But Blake has since revealed that he has received a cease and desist letter from Nintendo itself. 

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.