Nintendo Switch has been doing brilliantly in the market. But it might face a class action lawsuit because of a “Drift Issue” in its Joy-Con controller. The firm contemplating the class action lawsuit are Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith LLP.
Regarding the investigation, this is what they posted on their website.
“CSK&D is investigating a potential class action based upon reports that the Nintendo Joy-Con controller for their Nintendo Switch gaming console can experience joystick drift issues. Specifically, it is reported that the joystick on the Joy-Con will automatically register movement when the joystick is not being controlled and interfere with gameplay.”
How this might hurt Joy-Con and future Nintendo Sales
This comes right at the heels of a Joy-Con announcement by Nintendo. Nintendo recently announced that it will release Purple and Orange Joy-Cons this fall. Even the news of this lawsuit might result in Nintendo suffering a loss because of the bad publicity. Some say that this is just a publicity stunt by the firm.
The issue in question is called Joy-Con “drifting”, i.e., the controller automatically moves. This issue has been around for a while now. Two years have passed since Nintendo Switch’s launch but Nintendo has not dealt with it. Nintendo has helped replacing controllers with this problem but not eliminated it from their production line.
Controllers and lawsuits are an old tale. But it was mostly Microsoft or Sony which faced these. Sony had been mired in a legal battle over PlayStation 2’s dual shock controller in the 2000’s. Nintendo has faced a lawsuit over patents for its controllers but not over its controllers.
New versions of the Switch are expected to be announced soon. If Nintendo doesn’t face the Joy-Con issue head on, there will be severe fallout. During this generation of consoles, the Switch has been at Number 2, displacing the Xbox One.
If this class action lawsuit is put forward by the law firm, the new Switch versions might face the same issues. Lets see how it goes.