Bleed them dry: A mother and her son are taking Nintendo to court over Joy-Con drift


If you are a Switch owner, chances are you either know someone or have experienced the dreaded Joy-Con drift. For those unaware, this issue is when your Joy-Con’s analog sticks randomly move around and input commands to the Switch, even when they’re not being touched. The problem is so prevalent, Nintendo of America started fixing the controllers for free last July, regardless of warranty. However, this service isn’t enough for Luz Sanchez and her son, who is now suing Nintendo for damages related to the faulty hardware.

Joy-Con drift is serious business

The lawsuit filed by the Sanchez family states they bought a Switch in 2018 and Joy-Con drift started appearing within a month. It got so bad, the controllers couldn’t even be used to play games properly. The household bought a pair of Joy-Con controllers to replace the original ones, but the same issue returned months later.

Regarding the free service Nintendo provides to fix the drift, the lawsuit states:

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.

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.

I can’t say I disagree with the above. Sending in Joy-Con for repairs is like putting a Band-Aid on a much larger wound. Nintendo needs to figure out the drift complication and start selling updated peripherals.

What I don’t agree with, however, is the Sanchez family seeking over $5,000,000 in damages. I know buying a Switch ($299.99) and a pair of Joy-Con ($79.99) does not equal five million dollars. That figure just reeks of greed.

Enthusiasts, have you experienced Joy-Con drift? What do you make of all these lawsuits against Nintendo? Let us know below!

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Arthur Damian
Arthur Damian is a writer, editor, educator, and lover of video games. Based and living in Brooklyn, NY, he has been gaming since the age of five, from the NES to the Nintendo Switch. His favorite system is the SNES, his favorite game is Chrono Trigger, and you cannot convince him otherwise. He loves dogs, rainbow cookies, Spider-Man, and songs with intricate drum patterns. Arthur is also the Editor-in-Chief at That VideoGame Blog.