Nintendo is once again being sued for selling a product they know is defective, and it's really hard to be on their side.
It’s almost like selling a product you know is faulty to consumers is an amoral move that annoys everyone.
If you haven’t heard, the Big N is being sued yet again over their terribly designed Switch controllers. This time the plaintiff is a 10-year-old child and their mother who are fed up with buying joy-cons and getting no repairs.
How long will it take before Nintendo realizes they’re not doing enough about this issue?
Joy-Con drift has been a known issue for a long time, and yet Nintendo hasn’t offered much of a solution. If your controller is still in warranty then the Big N will repair for free, but unless you live in the US you’ll have to pay.
Nintendo spent $800 million on R&D in 2020 alone. For an amount that large, you’d expect them to have diverted some of those funds towards fixing the Joy-Con drift issue.
Even when you get your joy-con repaired, it’s liable to suffer from the same issue again in a few months. The problem is even worse if you have a Switch Lite, without detachable controllers.
You can get more information about Joy-Con drift in the video below.
While gamers tend to be a bit more technically proficient, this isn’t the case with your average consumer. A lot of Nintendo’s games are marketed towards families and young children. Gamers might have no trouble fixing the problem, but it’s not the sort of repair that a normal family will necessarily be able to do. Even if they can, it shouldn’t be their responsibility.
It’s no wonder that Nintendo is finding itself being sued for the issue all over the place. This latest lawsuit is completely justified, with the issue persisting to this day.
It’s not hyperbole to state that Nintendo is effectively selling a product they know will break in a few months. Even if this practice isn’t illegal, it is certainly immoral. If it takes numerous bouts of legal action to convince Nintendo of that fact that more power to the plaintiffs.
Last modified: March 4, 2021 2:45 PM