Nintendo Gets Sued Again


Boston Wu , Junior

On October 5th, a boy and his mother filed a class action lawsuit against Nintendo for not doing enough to fix a hardware problem known as “Joy-Con drift,” an annoyance found among Nintendo Switch controllers. 

What is “Joy-Con drift?” According to Walnut High school student Ashton Abaya, it’s a strange occurrence where “… the Nintendo Switch controller registers movement even when you aren’t applying any pressure to the control stick.”

This problem has already brought a number of lawsuits and has even forced Nintendo’s president, Shuntaro Furukawa, to make an apology.

The complaint was brought by a woman named Luz Sanchez and her 10-year-old son. Sanchez purchased her son a Nintendo Switch in December 2018 and it began registering in-game movement when his hands weren’t on the controller. According to Wired, within less than a year, “… The Joy-Con drift became so pronounced that the controllers became inoperable for general gameplay use.” 

Sanchez’s mom later purchased another pair of Joy-Cons, but the family eventually began experiencing the same problem seven months later.

Sanchez isn’t the first person to experience this problem either; Joy-Con drift is common among a majority of Switch devices. Characters randomly shift left or right, almost as if a mischievous ghost took over the console. 

Nintendo didn’t begin to acknowledge the problem until July 2019, and by that time, more than a dozen Switch owners had filed a potential class-action lawsuit, claiming that Joy-Cons are intentionally “defective.”

Luckily for them, Nintendo began fixing Joy-Cons for free around the same time in July 2019, along with a given apology from Shuntaro Furukawa. However, Sanchez’s lawyers argue that Nintendo hasn’t done enough to fix the issue or warn customers about it upfront; they claim that Nintendo is in the wrong for selling knowingly faulty products in the first place.

As a result, Luz Sanchez and her son are seeking over $5,000,000 in damages.