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Nintendo is facing another court battle over drift issues with its Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con controllers. This time around, the battle is with a kid and his mom.
According to the lawsuit reported by Wired, Luz Sanchez purchased a Switch for her son in December 2018. Within a month of purchase, his Joy-Con controllers experienced the phenomenon known as “stick drift.” It’s an issue where the controller registers input from the control stick, even though no one is moving the stick.
The issue exacerbated itself over the course of a year, during which the Joy-Con controllers’ drift “became so pronounced that the controllers became inoperable for general gameplay use.” Sanchez purchased a second set of Joy-Con controllers, which also exhibited drift issues within seven months of purchase.
In the complaint, Sanchez and her child are asking for $5 million in damages. According to their lawyers, Nintendo “has had a financial motive to conceal the defect, as it did not want to stop selling the Products, and/or would need to expend a significant amount of money to cure the defect.”
Joy-Con drift continues to be an ongoing issue for Switch owners. Although I personally haven’t experienced the issue, many others have complained about it on the Switch subreddit and other online forums.
In 2019, a group of Switch owners filed a class action lawsuit against Nintendo over Joy-Con drift. The lawsuit is currently in arbitration, where the plaintiffs’ lawyers are currently asking for video evidence of the issue.
More recently, a French consumer group filed a lawsuit against Nintendo in September. According to the group, Nintendo is practicing planned obsolescence by ignoring the Joy-Con drift issue.
Although Nintendo hasn’t directly addressed Joy-Con drift, it did apologize for the headaches it has caused. It also launched a free repair program and available to everyone, regardless of whether your Joy-Con is in or out of warranty.
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Williams Pelegrin is a Managing Editor for Back to the Gaming. When he’s not writing up news, he’s talking a walk around the neighborhood with his wife and his dog. Either that, or drinking a cup of hot chocolate. Or both.