Nintendo Slammed With Yet Another Joy-Con Lawsuit

This latest lawsuit, based in Quebec, joins a number of other complaints against Nintendo's Joy-Con controllers


Published: January 20, 2021 11:00 AM /

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The Nintendo Switch, the console for which yet another Joy-Con lawsuit has been filed

A Quebecois woman has filed a lawsuit against Nintendo over Joy-Con drift. The lawsuit joins a number of others pursuing action against Nintendo over faulty hardware, with many consumers' Joy-Con controllers seemingly developing this fault.

What is this new Joy-Con lawsuit about?

This story comes to us from Quebec news platform TVA Nouvelles (we're using machine translation for the link). According to plaintiff Kelly-Ann St-Laurent, she experienced Joy-Con drift - a mechanical fault causing characters or the camera to move by themselves - on four separate Joy-Con controllers. The problem recurred on menu screens and in every game she played, leading her to describe playing her Switch as "impossible".

The filer of the Joy-Con lawsuit, Kelly-Ann St-Laurent, was playing Super Mario Odyssey when she began to notice controller drift
Plaintiff Kelly-Ann St-Laurent says Mario would "throw himself where you really don't want him to go" in Super Mario Odyssey thanks to Joy-Con drift.

Ms. St-Laurent's lawyer Jimmy Lambert describes Joy-Con drift as "a hidden defect or programmed obsolescence". He points out that Quebec's Consumer Protection Act requires products to have what he describes as a "reasonable" lifespan. Speaking to TVA Nouvelles, Lambert compared having to replace Joy-Con controllers to "having to change your TV remote every seven to twelve months" at considerable personal cost. Ms. St-Laurent sent her first defective controller to Vancouver, waiting a month for it to be repaired. Three months later, the other half of the same Joy-Con pair began to malfunction. In total, Ms. St-Laurent says she spent more than the console cost her on controllers.

Nintendo's troubled Joy-Con lawsuit history

This is far from the first encounter with lawsuits Nintendo has had over Joy-Con drift. There are a number of other lawsuits in progress against the Japanese gaming giant from the US and France, among other places. Nintendo has won the occasional victory, such as when a federal judge ordered one of its Joy-Con lawsuits to go to arbitration. With the advent of this new Quebecois lawsuit, however, it seems Nintendo's woes when it comes to Joy-Con controllers are far from over.

In the motion filed by Ms. St-Laurent and her lawyer, they say they are seeking punitive damages for everyone who purchased a Switch console in Quebec. In addition, the lawsuit requests that Nintendo awards a compensatory amount of money to each consumer who has suffered with a defective product. We'll bring you more on this, including the progress of this lawsuit, as soon as we get it.

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