Since the Switch’s launch a few years ago, many Nintendo fans have experienced the annoyance that is Joy-Con stick drift. The “drift” makes it difficult (sometimes impossible) to play games. Nintendo is currently going through a class action lawsuit over this issue, and now they have another lawsuit to fight against — this time by a kid and his mother.
Wired reported that a North Californian has filed a complaint, by a women named Luz Sanchez and her son. Sanchez bout her then 8‑year-old son a Nintendo Switch in December of 2018, and a month after purchase, he started to experience drift. New controllers were bought within a year, since the other Joy-Cons had become unusable. Around the 7‑month mark, the same drift issue happened with the new set of controllers.
Sanchez has filed the lawsuit alongside her son, who is listed as a minor in the court documentation. The plaintiffs are seeking over $5 million in damages. Sanchez’s lawyers’ argument circles around Nintendo being aware of the issue, but doing little to fix the problem because they have “a financial motive to conceal the defect, as [Nintendo] did not want to stop selling the products, and/or would need to expend a significant amount of money to cure the defect.”
In July last year, Nintendo acknowledged the Joy-Con drift issues, offering free repairs even after a warranty ended. COVID-19 has led to Nintendo service centers being temporarily shutting down, causing more complications.
Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa apologized to Nintendo fans for the ongoing problem, noting an ongoing lawsuit. “We are continuing to aim to improve our products, but as the Joy-Con is the subject of a class-action lawsuit in the United States and this is still a pending issue, we would it like to refrain from responding about any specific actions. “We are continuing to aim to improve our products, but as the Joy-Con is the subject of a class-action lawsuit in the United States and this is still a pending issue, we would it like to refrain from responding about any specific actions,”