Lawsuit regarding Joy-Con drift has now been officially filed

Nintendo Joy-Con drift lawsuit

Earlier today, we reported that a law firm was researching a potential class action lawsuit against Nintendo regarding Joy-Con drift issues. Not too much time has passed, but the law firm Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith (CSK&D) has officially filed its lawsuit against Nintendo.

Nintendo under fire

The lawsuit specifically calls out the drifting issues of Joy-Con and states the complaints are valid under warranty and common law claims:

CSK&D has filed a class action lawsuit against Nintendo of America, Inc. (“Nintendo”) for claims relating to alleged defects in the Joy-Con controllers that are part of Nintendo Switch gaming consoles. The complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, alleges that the joysticks on Joy-Con controllers are defective, leading users to experience drift issues. Specifically, the complaint alleges that the joystick on the Joy-Con controllers will automatically register movement when the joystick is not being controlled by the user and interfere with gameplay. The complaint, filed on behalf of purchasers of Switches and Joy-Con controllers, brings claims under various consumer protection statutes as well as various warranty and common law claims.

While I’m not sure a lawsuit is necessary, it’s hard to deny that Joy-Con drift has impacted many Switch owners. I personally try to use a Pro Controller whenever I get the chance to avoid the issue.

If you would like to read the whole lawsuit, check it out on CSK&D’s official website. As of now, Nintendo has not stated anything regarding this issue. Hopefully, they will fix the issue and we won’t have to see this lawsuit go much further than this. For now, the only thing we can do is wait for more information.

What do you guys think about this lawsuit? Do you think it will change the manufacturing process of the Joy-Con controllers? Will Nintendo avoid court altogether and just decide to fix the issues? Let us know what you think in the comments below!


Adam Sherrill
I love all kinds of video games. I personally find the most enjoyment in JRPGs, Visual Novels, and pretty much anything Nintendo makes. I'm always open to discovering new types of games, so I'll be happy to check out anything someone suggests.