When Nintendo was sued earlier this year due to "drifting" of their Joy-Con Switch controllers (movements being registered despite the applicable joystick being maintained in a neutral position), the company quickly took swift (though mostly silent) action to permit its customers to have the hardware replaced at no additional cost.
Why was such a step necessary? Because the company was set to launch its next line of hardware this fall, only this time with the Joy-Con technology embedded directly in the unit: the Switch Lite.
But now that the system has launched, what are we to make of early reports that the Switch Lite experiences the same drift that got Nintendo involved in a class action lawsuit in the first place?
And why is it not time to panic quite yet, either for game players, or for Nintendo itself.
Expect Lite Sales with a chance of Drift in...Virtual Legality.
#Nintendo #SwitchLite #Drift
Discussed in this episode:
"NINTENDO SUED! What You Need to Know from the Joy-Con Drift Lawsuit (VL76) (Hoeg Law)"
"Nintendo faces class action over drifting Joy-Con controllers"
GameDailyBiz - July 19, 2019 - James Brightman
"Internal Nintendo Memo Instructs Customer Service to Fix ‘Joy-Con Drift’ for Free"
Vice - July 23, 2019 - Patrick Klepek
Switch Lite Already Having Drift Issues
Reddit Post - September 23, 2019
"Nintendo switch lite drifting analog sticks already"
YouTube Video - September 22, 2019 - Alexi Javier
"Nintendo Switch Lite Analog Stick Issues"
YouTube Video - September 22, 2019 - Mark Mann
Nintendo Warranty Information
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