Nintendo Switch Joy Cons are like car tyres, according to one exec

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A Nintendo executive has compared the Switch’s Joy Cons to car tires in their durability and handling.

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Speaking at lastask the developer‘ newsletter, Nintendo Technology General Manager Ko Shiota talks about the inevitable nature of wear and tear to the Nintendo Switch Joy Cons. “Yeah,” Shiota said when asked if it was unavoidable to wear. “Car tires for example wear out as the car moves, because they are in constant friction with the ground to rotate. So with that same premise, we asked ourselves how we could improve durability, And not only that, but how can both operability and sustainability coexist?”

Elsewhere in the newsletter, Deputy General Manager Toru Yamashita addressed the improvements made to the Nintendo Switch Joy Cons since its launch in 2017. “Joy-Con controllers have many different features, so we’re constantly making improvements that may not always be visible,” Yamashita said. “Analog Stick parts, among others, have been continuously improved since launch, and we are still working on improvements.”


Yamashita further said that the Nintendo Switch Joy Cons at launch had cleared the same reliability tests that were originally inserted into the Wii U gamepad’s analog sticks. Since then, Nintendo has improved the reliability test, according to Yamashita, and “continues to make changes to improve durability and clean up this new test”.

This is undoubtedly good news for those who have been bothered by the shedding of the Joy Con controllers over the past four years. The problem has been a recurring one for Nintendo Switch players since the console first launched in 2017, and earlier this year in January 2021, Nintendo actually had to, due to customer outrage, a Europe-wide investigation into Joy Con Drift. had to face.

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If you are facing these problems of late, you can read our guide on How to Fix Joy Con Drift on Nintendo Switch for more information.

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