After several weeks of insisting that there was nothing wrong with their units, Nintendo has finally fessed up and reported that due to a manufacturing error, some of the left joy-con controllers have some connectivity issues. The company states that it was due to an issue with the manufacturing process that has since been resolved. If you haven’t picked up a Nintendo Switch yet you shouldn’t run into these issues, but if you’re a day one adopter like many of us, you may have experienced these frustrating issues.
Apparently the issue is that the left joy-con has a weak connectivity compared to the right, and Nintendo has been quoted as saying it’s an “easy fix”. “Moving forward this will not be an issue, as the manufacturing variation has been addressed and corrected at the factory level.” said a Nintendo spokesperson in a press statement. The company also believes that it’s only affecting some people, as there are no plans for a widespread repair or replacement.
The good news is that if you’re having issues, Nintendo will correct them for free with a roughly one week turnaround time. One week without your Switch might be agonizing, but getting the issue fixed for no cost is a lot easier on the wallet than buying a whole new Joy-Con (which are surprisingly expensive!) So if you’re noticing issues with the left Joy-Con, simply contact Nintendo, send it in, wait a week, and you should be ready to save Hyrule once again.