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Nintendo was hit with a class-action lawsuit over the Joy-Con drift phenomenon by a mother and her 10-year-old child.
‘Joy-Con drift’ refers to an issue where the Nintendo Switch controller will register movement even when the user isn’t applying any pressure to the control stick.
This has resulted in a number of lawsuits filed against the company and the president of Nintendo made a public apology.
According to a report by Wired, the woman named Luz Sanchez and her son that filed the lawsuit say that Nintendo hasn’t done enough to fix an issue it is well aware of.
Sanchez explains that the family console was purchased in December 2018, with Joy-Con drift trouble starting to appear within a month. Within a year, “the Joy-Con drift became so pronounced that the controllers became inoperable for general gameplay use,” the complaint says.
The family purchased a second set of Joy-Con controllers, but after 7-mobths they faced the same issue.
Even with Nintendo trying to fix faulty controllers, Sanchez argues that Nintendo’s efforts are not enough as it knowingly continues to sell a faulty product.
The complaint reportedly reads, “Defendant continues to market and sell the Products with full knowledge of the defect and without disclosing the Joy-Con Drift defect to consumers in its marketing, promotion, or packaging.”
It continues, “Defendant has had a financial motive to conceal the defect, as it did not want to stop selling the Products, and/or would need to expend a significant amount of money to cure the defect.”
The plaintiffs are reportedly asking for over $5,000,000 in damages.