Despite tens of millions of consoles sold around the world, Nintendo is dragging a ball that sticks to its skins like Captain Haddock’s famous adhesive plaster: the Joy-Con Drift, a trillion thousand ports!
The problem of “ghost moves” that many players have suffered since 2017 has given rise to many proceedings, most of them still pending. At the launch of the all-new OLED Switch, the manufacturer had also cleverly dodged the subject, contenting himself with specifying that “the Joy-Con controllers included with the Nintendo Switch (OLED model) were identical to those currently availableToday, the CEO of Nintendo of America completes this answer, offering us a short text explanation.
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The subject is all the more delicate as three trials are still underway across the Atlantic, including one in arbitration, and the anger of the players seems not to subside, despite the apologies of Shuntaro Furukawa last year. This shows whether Doug Bowser chose each of his words when our colleagues from The Verge recently asked him about this thorny subject:
In the first five and a half years of Nintendo Switch’s existence, we paid attention to consoles that people sent us back as-is, and we have continuously made overall improvements when it comes to Joy-Con, including the analog stick. The latest version of the console, the Nintendo Switch OLED, has the same reworked analog stick, which is now available on newer Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite models.
The CEO of the American branch therefore reaffirms between the lines that the Joy-Con have indeed been the subject of “general improvements”, a term which suggests that the new models not only correct the thorny Drift problem, but that this hardware update is intended to be much more general and ambitious. The trick is clever, since it allows Nintendo not to directly admit that its detachable controllers were previously showing a recurring problem.
In all discretion, Nintendo has therefore modified certain elements of the Switch, including on old models, since the Switch Lite was not spared by the problem when it was released. Will this confession have an impact on ongoing proceedings around the world? This will require patience, the time of justice is not that of men …