How Long Before Nintendo Joy-Con Lawsuits Sink In?

Nintendo is once again being sued for selling a product they know is defective, and it's really hard to be on their side.
  • Nintendo is once again being sued for the issues surrounding Joy-Con drift.
  • The plaintiff this time is a 10-year-old child and their mother.
  • While selling poorly made Joy-Cons may not be illegal, it is 100% immoral.

Nintendo doesn’t seem to be able to shake this Joy-Con issue.

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?

Even long-time fans of Nintendo are starting to get annoying with their attitude towards the Joy-Con Drift issue. | Source: Twitter

Nintendo Needed To Fix the Joy-Con Issue Years Ago

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.

Ordinary People Are The Most Affected

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

William Worrall: William Worrall is a professional writer based out of the UK who has been writing about video and tabletop games for over a decade and has covered industry events such as EGX and UKGE. Contact him at william.worrall@ccn.com, see his LinkedIn profile here.