A tale as old as time – Nintendo is getting slapped with yet another class-action lawsuit thanks to the Joy-Con drift problems fans are facing. Nintendo has fended off its fair share of lawsuits, having to bat away one in Washington that has since been moved into arbitration and another that it’s still working to squash in California.
In its simplest form, Joy-Con drift is a problem that Switch users face when the joysticks don’t stay completely still. This leads to the character moving unintentionally. The problem has been around since basically the launch of the Switch back in 2017. Quickly after the problem began going mainstream and the first class-action lawsuit was tossed at its feet, Nintendo began doing its best to mitigate the situation by offering free repairs to those experiencing Joy-Con drift at the time.
This new lawsuit, which was spearheaded by a minor and their legal guardian, offers an extensive teardown of the controller and alleges that Nintendo knows the root of the problem (that being wear on the interior pads, according to the suit) and isn’t properly informing its customers.
The suit also outlines how even Nintendo’s repairs, which later turned into something you had to pay for, was only a Band-Aid to the situation. After “several more months” the Joy-Con drift came back and the minor was out $40 of his own money. This cycle repeated through three pairs of Joy-Con controllers.