Switch Lite is Now Part of Joy-Con Class Action Lawsuit Against Nintendo

Switch Lite is Now Part of Joy-Con Class Action Lawsuit Against Nintendo

Some owners say those analog sticks are drifting just the same.

If you were hoping that the Switch Lite might avoid the "Joy-Con drift" problem by virtue of, well, not having Joy-Cons, then a group of lawyers has a warning for you. The class-action lawsuit against Nintendo over Joy-Con drift has been amended to include new complaints of the same issue occurring with the Switch Lite's analog sticks.

The Joy-Con drift issue, where the low-profile analog sticks begin to register input while at rest, has been affecting numerous Switch owners since shortly after the system's release in 2017. In July of this year, a report from Kotaku escalated the visibility of the issue. About one week later, the offices of Chimicles, Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith launched the class-action suit, and on the following day Vice reported that Nintendo started instructing customer service representatives to repair Joy-Cons for free. A new set of Joy-Cons would set a Switch owner back $79.99 USD, but if the handheld Switch Lite is rendered unusable by stick drift, that's looking at replacement or repairs for a $199.99 system.

When the Switch Lite was announced, some worried that the similarly designed analog sticks on the miniaturized console would be susceptible to the same issue. While no plaintiffs who have purchased Switch Lites have been added to the lawsuit (PDF via Polygon), five online accounts of drift on the Switch Lite posted since the Switch Lite's September 20 release date have been added to the class-action complaint. "I can't believe it, my Nintendo Switch Lite is already drifting," reads one complaint posted on September 24. "I tried to calibrate and update the controllers but it was still the same."

When USgamer previously reached out to Nintendo in July on the issue of Joy-Con drift, we received the following statement: "At Nintendo, we take great pride in creating quality products and we are continuously making improvements to them. We are aware of recent reports that some Joy-Con controllers are not responding correctly. We want our consumers to have fun with Nintendo Switch, and if anything falls short of this goal, we always encourage them to visit http://support.nintendo.com so we can help." We have reached out to Nintendo for comment regarding the analog sticks on the Switch Lite, and will update this article if we receive a response.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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