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The official NWR joycon graveyard.
« on: January 27, 2020, 05:25:55 PM »
How many Joycon have you lost so far, be it to analog drift or some other issue? I was at 3 already when I went for the Hori Pad instead. I have 2 pairs but only one of the right ones don't succumb to some kind of drift.
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Re: The official NWR joycon graveyard.
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2020, 05:34:18 PM »
All mine still work, with minimal to no drift. It probably helps that I play a lot of games with the D-Pad  and have gone through a couple different sets of primary Joy-Cons.
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Re: The official NWR joycon graveyard.
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2020, 06:48:43 PM »
None, technically.  But I have sent in all four of mine for repairs at this point.
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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2020, 07:17:00 PM »
I have 2 pairs w/ some form of drift. Been dragging my feet on sending them in because I'm hoping they find a more permanent fix before I do, but it's been long enough I may as well get around to it. My OG grey and the extra red/blue I bought shortly after launch are both guilty of drift. I bought the Mario Party bundle with yellow green and got a purple/orange set for Christmas and those have been going strong but I like to think that is partly because I baby them and only allow adults to use them. The drifters are officially my kiddie joy-cons.
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Re: The official NWR joycon graveyard.
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2020, 08:11:34 AM »
I have 3 pairs of joy-con. The red/blue pair that came with my launch switch, a grey pair I bought at the end of year 1 and the splatoon color ones. Both the red/blue and grey had the the disconnect problem that I fixed using conducting tape. They also had drift in the left sticks so both have been sent in for repair and returned for free. The splatoon ones have worked fine so far. I also took the straps off the red/blue pair to make them better to use for ARMs.

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Re: The official NWR joycon graveyard.
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2020, 08:26:37 AM »
My original joycon have drift, which hasn't been helped by my 5 year-old absolutely manhandling them when playing Mario Oddysey.  It's been mitigated so far by occasionally spraying a bit of electrical contact cleaner underneath the joystick from time to time, but I'm thinking it's gonna have to be sent in at some point.

We have a pink/green pair as well that I haven't allowed the kids to touch so they're in relatively good shape (worst wear & tear is from me playing Smash) and haven't seen any drift YET, but I suspect eventually they'll be victim to that unless there's been some mid-stream revision level change in manufacturing to mitigate it.
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Re: The official NWR joycon graveyard.
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2020, 08:30:58 AM »
Do we know how Switch Lites are holding up in this regard? I still want to upgrade to a Switch this year, but between the Joy-con fragility and paid online stuff Nintendo are making it real easy to postpone that purchase.

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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2020, 11:27:56 AM »
Do we know how Switch Lites are holding up in this regard? I still want to upgrade to a Switch this year, but between the Joy-con fragility and paid online stuff Nintendo are making it real easy to postpone that purchase.

Tough to tell.  A quick google search shows some cases of drift in youtube videos and reddit threads, but it's not as pronounced or at least visible as the joycon issue became.  Part of the problem might be that the defect just takes time to be known.
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Re: The official NWR joycon graveyard.
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2020, 07:36:12 PM »
What are you doing to your joycons?

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Re: The official NWR joycon graveyard.
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2020, 09:35:16 PM »
We're playing video games with them.

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Re: The official NWR joycon graveyard.
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2020, 09:12:42 AM »
What are you doing to your joycons?

Like I said above, my youngest has a tendency to clinch hard in excitement while he's playing a game which doesn't help, but even before I ever let my kids touch the Switch, I started noticing occasional drift. 

The joycon drift is a well known defect to the point where a class action lawsuit was ramping up before Nintendo decided to offer free repairs on the problem.
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Re: The official NWR joycon graveyard.
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2020, 11:06:21 AM »
The free repairs are great.  I sent three of mine in at once and they all came back working perfectly.  I think they even fixed that de-sync issue early joy-con had because one of them was noted as having more work done on it than the others.  And the repair essentially cost me since I used a box I already had and some filler from an Amazon package.
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Re: The official NWR joycon graveyard.
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2020, 02:50:17 PM »
When I first got the Switch, my right one had an issue where it would sometimes just drop inputs, but this was fixed not long after when a controller update was released. I don't have any issues with them right now, but I also don't use them much. It wasn't long before I got a Pro Controller and a system update enabled the GCN adapter, so I always use the Pro, or GCN when it can work. My Joy-Cons are relegated to multiplayer.

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« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2020, 05:52:35 PM »
I hope that with the Switch Pro and Nintendo's next system Nintendo gets back to making insanely good build qualities.  I am almost shocked that this is Nintendo we are talking about.  The company that used to have some of the best (indestructible) hardware and controllers on the market.  Now this just makes it sad.  I wonder if it is the size of the controllers, like Nintendo was afraid getting bigger or wider would hurt the overall feel on the console in handheld mode.  but it is sad that the controllers are failing.

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« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2020, 08:45:51 PM »
I think the size was a big factor in how they designed the sticks.  The way they did it isa huge design flaw and it's possible controllers just didn't have sufficient testing before being finalized, which is very un-Nintendo.

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« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2020, 09:33:16 PM »
I'm surprised they haven't fixed it by now. I would have figured they'd come up with a way to make them that doesn't do that, and then just stealth release it with all the ones they ship after that point.
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« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2020, 11:08:35 AM »
When they announced the free repair, I assumed they had! I was surprised when people claimed the joy-con were essentially the same.  Especially with the Switch lite, you'd think they'd use the Pro Controller sticks.
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« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2020, 02:39:02 PM »
The problem is a real analog stick takes up a ton of space so it isn't that great for something like a joycon that doesn't have space to spare.

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« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2020, 04:16:36 PM »
My Joy-Con finally experienced drift earlier this month, literally the day after I beat Dark Souls Remastered.  I beat the final boss and played around in new game plus for a while then stopped.  The next day I go back to play the game and when I move my left stick to the right my character wont move.  They'll move to the left or down, but not right or up.  Then when I wasn't touching it at all, the character started walking to the left all by themselves.  I tried to re calibrate the stick but the issue was the same.

I then played Zelda II, on the NES app since the D-Pad button still worked but every once and a while Link would randomly start moving to the left even though I'm not touching the stick at all.  This made me research what caused drift and I'm lead to believe it's something getting worn down and leaving debris.  That would explain why I'm getting drift from a game where I'm not even using the joystick.  So I went and bought some compressed air and spray it inside the joystick.  Now this has stopped the drift when I play 2D game now, so I can at least still play NES/SNES game and many of the indie games I've bought.  But when I tried playing something with the joystick like Dark Souls or Smash Bros, if I try to move my character to the right, they'll move now, but it's all jittery and running is impossible in that direction.  So there's still something messing up right movements in my Joystick.

So yeah, I basically can't play anything that requires the joystick right now.  I mean it's not that big a deal at the moment since the majority of the games I've bought are 2D, and the Mega Man Zero Collection next month will keep me busy for a long time.  But it is annoying that my stick did this so quickly when I hardly ever used it.  At best I might have put about 300+ hours into using the stick, which is nothing compared to the amount of time I used the joystick on previous Nintendo controllers that still work.
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« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2020, 07:06:19 PM »
I was recently on vacation with my brother and while waiting for a flight we were each playing our respective handheld videogames systems - he with his Switch and me with my 3DS, looking like the out-of-date geezer that I am.  While trying to capture a rare Pokemon, Joycon drift kicked in, making him select "Run" when he meant to go into his bag to activate the Pokeball.  Ooops.  Hope that Pokemon shows up again soon.  As you can imagine he was really really mad.

He has since sent them for repair and was happy with the results.  But he's only had a Switch for about a year.  Isn't the free repair just kicking the can down the road for an inevitable future repair?  And I being very interested in retro gaming am wondering what the hell is going to happen once Nintendo stops offering repairs.  Is the future retro scene going to be swimming in busted Joycons?  Will new old stock fetch for big bucks?  The free repair fits the anti-customer "console as a service" nonsense that the industry is moving towards.  But anyone that actually wants to play their Switch after Nintendo stops supporting it needs a real solution, some sort of redesign with some durability.  But logically why would Nintendo care about that if the free repair option is affordable for them in the present and the majority of the market regards videogames as disposable entertainment?

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« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2020, 07:54:53 PM »
The future proof option appears to be the Hori Split Pad Pro.

Also my 3DS is still my go to portable device.

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« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2020, 07:59:26 PM »
I was recently on vacation with my brother and while waiting for a flight we were each playing our respective handheld videogames systems - he with his Switch and me with my 3DS, looking like the out-of-date geezer that I am.  While trying to capture a rare Pokemon, Joycon drift kicked in, making him select "Run" when he meant to go into his bag to activate the Pokeball.  Ooops.  Hope that Pokemon shows up again soon.  As you can imagine he was really really mad.

He has since sent them for repair and was happy with the results.  But he's only had a Switch for about a year.  Isn't the free repair just kicking the can down the road for an inevitable future repair?  And I being very interested in retro gaming am wondering what the hell is going to happen once Nintendo stops offering repairs.  Is the future retro scene going to be swimming in busted Joycons?  Will new old stock fetch for big bucks?  The free repair fits the anti-customer "console as a service" nonsense that the industry is moving towards.  But anyone that actually wants to play their Switch after Nintendo stops supporting it needs a real solution, some sort of redesign with some durability.  But logically why would Nintendo care about that if the free repair option is affordable for them in the present and the majority of the market regards videogames as disposable entertainment?

Thankfully there is a nice aftermarket repair scene with helpful videos on youtube. So I am confident that I could replace the sticks if I really wanted to myself. Sure, that stock of spare parts will eventually dwindle, but people are also creative at making alternatives. I imagine there are ways to trick a Switch into accepting a different controller as a joycon.
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« Reply #22 on: February 03, 2020, 03:32:59 PM »
I noticed drift playing Luigi’s Mansion a couple of weeks ago. Not a fun experience. It’s something that had happened to my ps3 controllers after 3+ years of use. Not something I would expect to see after about a year of use.

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« Reply #23 on: February 10, 2020, 01:08:49 PM »
The joycons usually hurt my hands over an extended period. I mostly use a pro controller, so I haven't really run into drift issues.

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« Reply #24 on: February 25, 2020, 08:43:13 PM »
I have been worried about my joy cons since getting the system.  I think one thing that hasn't been explored in this thread is how people are using their switches.  Are they traveling with them a lot?  Are they using carrying cases?  Are they playing intense analog stick games like Smash Bros?  Are they playing several multiplayer games and require constant removal of placing back of the joy cons?  All of this data affects the life of the controllers, and although they should be stronger and last longer no matter what....it makes we wonder how likely my gaming habits are going to affect the life of my controllers.