The saga of Nintendo Switch Joy-Con drift has been long and tumultuous. Joy-Con drift refers to when a control stick continues to register input even when you’re not using it, meaning (for instance) the camera angle in Breath of the Wild could keep rotating nonstop when you don’t want it to. Enough Switch owners have reported drift that a class-action lawsuit was filed against Nintendo over it, and as Polygon notes, the lawsuit has been updated to now include Switch Lite… because Switch Lite users are reporting stick drift too.
The firm of Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith is responsible for the suit, and the decision to incorporate Switch Lite apparently stems from cases reported on social media. One Switch Lite owner alleged that drift occurred after just “20 something hours” of playing The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.
To Nintendo’s credit, the company has been offering to fix standard Nintendo Switch Joy-Con drift for free since July according to an internal memo, though that may be limited to North America. Most people agree it is exceedingly bizarre that drift issues not only persist but that they found their way into a brand new manufactured product, the Switch Lite. Although, at this early stage, we must be willing to consider that defects in Switch Lite are just that — defects — and that they could be unfortunate isolated incidents. We need more data before declaring an epidemic.