Law firm files Nintendo Switch Joy-Con drift class action lawsuit

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There’s been a lot of talk lately about a drifting defect in Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons becoming more widespread, and a law firm has now officially filed a class action suit against Nintendo of America regarding the issue.

If you’re not familiar, Joy-Con drift refers to a defect that has occurred in some Nintendo Switch controllers where the analog stick on either left or right side sends a movement signal to the game when the player is not actually touching the stick in that direction.

In its best form on the right stick, this could just give you some wonky camera movements and controls. But in its worst form on the left stick, this can result in your character in a game simply walking in a direction on their own potentially getting yourself killed! It’s particularly annoying in a game like Breath of the Wild.

This issue has actually been happening for some time now, and this writer personally experienced it himself, but more recently the defect seems to have caught the attention of many more players online. Taking a look at the replies on Nintendo’s tweet about new Joy-Con colors earlier this week, a large majority replies are about the drifting issue with nearly 3,000 replies on the tweet!

In the lawsuit filed by CSK&D, the firm includes a detailed description of the issue as well as multiple pages of complaints about Joy-Con drift sourced from around the web. For more information, here’s some details on the suit from the firm itself:

CSK&D has filed a class action lawsuit against Nintendo of America, Inc. (“Nintendo”) for claims relating to alleged defects in the Joy-Con controllers that are part of Nintendo Switch gaming consoles.  The complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, 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 complaint, filed on behalf of purchasers of Switches and Joy-Con controllers, brings claims under various consumer protection statutes as well as various warranty and common law claims.

You can view the legal filing for yourself here.

While I’m doubtful that this case will actually end up proceeding to court, it should help put some significant pressure on Nintendo to address the issues and that certainly can’t be a bad thing for consumers. At the very least, the company should repair effected controllers outside of the warranty period.

Have you experienced any drifting or other issues on your Joy-Cons yet, or is everything fine so far? Let us know in the comments below!

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Cheri Strasser
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I’ve had problems with my left joy con for the Nintendo switch. I broke down and bought a second set. They’re not cheap!

Becky McDougall
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Becky McDougall

I’ve had the same issues- and I also bought a second set – guess what? Still having problems. Nintendo should listen to their gamers and address the issue. Perhaps a rebate to help defer the costs involved buying additional joycons that are no better than the ones that came with the console.

cerie lowrey
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cerie lowrey

I have problems with left and right joy con for the switch, I even went out and bought a second set which ain’t cheap

George Marwieh
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George Marwieh

my joy-cons drift making it harder to play super Mario maker 2 without dying and also the breath of the wild causing me to die a lot it’s horrible I hope Nintendo fixes this problem and give us refunds for the joy-cons

Diane Gaydos
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Diane Gaydos

My Right joy con for the Nintendo Switch drifts something fierce. I’m not going to be able to use it much longer. It would be nice if Nintendo would send out a rebate towards new joy cons.

Neva Nobles-Alder
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Neva Nobles-Alder

Same for both of mine, got the let’s go edition switch for my birthday and it started drifting after like a few days.

vicent lee
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vicent lee

I’ve had problems with my left joy con for the Nintendo switch as well less than 1 year usage, and joystick on switch is not even intensively used (I have a pro controller as well.)

Animalcrossingfan221
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Animalcrossingfan221

Im so glad this issue is finally being talked about. Sadly for my sister ever since she bought hers like over a year ago… ya this has happened since the beginning. Im from Canada, Manitoba and just thought because the switch is unlocked if we order joy cons from japan would they work???

Kevin
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Kevin

Having the issue right now on my left joycon. These are the Super Mario Odyssey Switch edition joycons. Not going to be buying a new one until AC NH comes out.

Emily
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Emily

I had no idea other people had been having the exact same issue! I have a pronounced drift on my left joy stick that makes it almost impossible to play BoTW sometimes. I hope repairs or something come out of this because I can’t afford a new set.