Joy-Con Drift just won't drift away as new lawsuit is filed in Quebec

Hattie Metcalfe reports on the ongoing Nintendo lawsuit

Harriet Metcalfe
16th February 2021
After its launch in 2017, the Nintendo Switch has proved to be somewhat of a comeback for the company after the pretty average (if that) Wii U. There is just one snag: Link won’t stop walking to the left, even though I wasn't touching the controller...

Yes the infamous Joy-Con drift drama has returned. And this time, with a new legal twist! *insert the ba-boom sound effect from Law and Order here.* A law firm based in Quebec has filed a class-action lawsuit against Nintendo as the Joy-Con Drift hasn't drifted away, even five years after the console's initial release.

NintendoLife reported that the lawsuit was filed by Lambert Avocat Inc back in January, with the application seeking "to obtain a compensation for all Québec consumers who bought the Nintendo Switch™ and Nintendo Switch™ Lite gaming systems, as well as Joy-Con™ and Nintendo Switch Pro controllers." The firm states that the drift is a "hidden defect" of the console and, as a result, violates local Consumer Protection Act legislation.

This isn't the first time the Japanese company has had to face the legal implications of the Joy-Con drift. Allegations from 2020 stated that Nintendo actually knew about the problem, but failed to reveal it to paying customers. And it's still a pretty steep price to pay at that: most retail prices range around £270 for the original Nintendo Switch, and about the £200 mark for the 'Lite' version. As ScreenRant reminds us, it even took another lawsuit from 2019 for Nintendo to start providing free Joy-Con repairs - they were that adamant that nothing was really wrong.

Alongside the Quebec lawsuit are nine European consumer agencies that are considering filing a joint lawsuit.

So why is this a big deal? I mean, it's a lawsuit. They happen a fair bit. But the charges are racking up against Nintendo. A company I have personally loved since childhood is now in pretty deep water, and not looking quite as good and wholesome as it did when I got my first DS. In fact, alongside the Quebec lawsuit are nine European consumer agencies that are considering filing a joint lawsuit. (ScreenRant).

For Switch users in the UK, this news is unlikely to affect us much in the short-term. But if the lawsuit is successful, it may trigger a mass rollout of compensation for owners in other territories. For now, we'll just have to wait and see and try to strategically keep our Animal Crossing characters from walking in the wrong direction. 

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AUTHOR: Harriet Metcalfe
English Literature BA student. Loves film, TV, books and coffee. Thinks "Thor: The Dark World" gets too much hate. Twitter: @hattiemetcalfe

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