It’s claimed that the Joy-Con controllers shipped with the Switch are defective and will register analogue stick movement without player interaction.
Nintendo is facing a potentially very expensive class-action lawsuit claiming the Joy-Con controllers shipped with the Switch are in fact defective.
As Gamesindustry.biz reports, the lawsuit is being handled by Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith (CSK&D) and it covers all US Switch owners who care to join. The complaint alleges that, “the joysticks on Joy-Con controllers are defective, leading users to experience drift issues. Specifically, the complaint alleges that the joystick on the Joy-Con controllers will automatically register movement when the joystick is not being controlled by the user and interfere with gameplay.”
The plaintiff listed in the lawsuit is Ryan Diaz. He purchased his Switch on July 21, 2017 and after 11 months of use his Joy-Cons started showing signs of drift. Movement would be registered without any interaction and it made them, “unusable for general gameplay.” Nintendo replaced his Joy-Cons with refurbished alternatives, but the drift re-appeared after three months. A second set of Joy-Cons Mr Diaz owned also started drifting after 13 months and therefore outside of the warranty.
The complaint goes on to list three pages of examples of Switch owners complaining about drift gathered from multiple websites and message boards. It’s not an isolated problem, in other words, and now Nintendo is facing a lawsuit that could potentially have not only a very expensive compensation bill at the end, but a redesign required of the Joy-Cons to solve the dirft problem.
You don’t have to look very far for examples of how widespread Joy-Con drift is. Just over a week ago a Reddit post demanded Nintendo address the defective Joy-Cons problem. So far, the post has received nearly 28,000 upvotes and generated 1,889 comments. When you consider a new set of Joy-Cons is $70, Nintendo really does need to stop avoiding the problem, and now it’s going to be forced to do something, or at least defend itself against the claims.