The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), the EU’s joint customer program, has actually required a Europe-large examination into Nintendo Switch Joy-Con drift after getting more than 25,000 problems from many nations.

The group has actually now sent its own problems to the European Commission and nationwide customer defense authorities around Europe, based upon its guidelines surrounding “early obsolescence and deceptive omissions of crucial customer details on the basis of the EU’s Unfair Commercial Practices Directive”.

In the huge bulk of cases – 88 percent – Nintendo Switch owners reported problems with their Joy-Con controllers within the very first 2 years of usage, the BEUC stated.

Complaints have actually been gotten from Switch owners in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia and Greece.

The BEUC has actually required Nintendo to fix defective Joy-Con free of charge – something it has actually performed in the past – and to notify customers of the “minimal life-span” of Joy-Con at present.

“Consumers presume the items they purchase to last a suitable quantity of time according to warranted expectations, not to need to spend for costly replacements due to a technical problem,” BEUC employer Monique Goyens stated. “Nintendo need to now create appropriate services for the countless customers impacted by this issue.”

We’ve called Nintendo for remark.

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con drift – where the controller stops interacting effectively with the console’s base system, or starts managing itself – has actually been a widely-reported problem considering that the console very first introduced.

In September 2019, a class-action suit was submitted by Switch owners in the United States following growing reports of individuals dealing with Joy-Con problems. At the time, Nintendo stated it would repair any issues of this nature free of charge.

Asked about the still-ongoing problem in June 2020, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa apologised for “any difficulty triggered” and stated Nintendo was “continuing to intend to enhance our items, however as the Joy-Con is the topic of a class-action suit in the United States and this is still a pending problem, we want to avoid reacting about any particular actions”.