Nintendo faces Switch Joy-Con drift class action lawsuit

As lawyers call for more Switch owners to join.

US lawyers have filed a class action lawsuit against Nintendo after concerns around the issue of Joy-Con drift.

It’s a case which has been bubbling away for some weeks now while a growing number of fans have aired their grievances online – all claiming their Joy-Con controllers have begun misbehaving.

The lawsuit was finally filed last Friday via the United States District Court in Washington by the law offices of Chimicles, Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith (CSK&D).

It alleges Joy-Con contollers are “defective” because, after time, they can begin “drifting” – causing movement from an analogue stick even if the user is not controlling it at the time.

CSK&D filed the lawsuit on behalf of one Switch owner, California man Ryan Diaz, who purchased a Switch back in July 2017. After 11 months, Diaz’s left Joy-Con began drifting so he sent it for repair. Three months later, the problem returned. Diaz then purchased an extra pair of Joy-Con – only to experience the same issue with those, too.

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Sticking point.

It’s a common problem, the lawsuit suggests. Included in the lawsuit document are quotes from other Switch owners, taken from Nintendo’s own support forums, reddit and GameFAQs, all complaining of a similar issue.

Now, CSK&D is seeking more Nintendo Switch fans based in the US to join in the class action suit. The firm has launched an online form with a few simple questions, such as asking the age of your Switch and Joy-Con, when the drifting problem began occurring, and whether Nintendo has been made aware.

Nintendo declined to comment on the lawsuit when contacted by Eurogamer today.

If you’re experiencing drift in a Joy-Con controller, the easiest method of fixing the issue is to recalibrate its analogue sticks via the Switch’s Settings menu. If that doesn’t fix the issue, you’re left to either send your Joy-Con to Nintendo or attempt to clean the controller’s internal parts yourself – which risks doing more harm than good.

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