Nintendo Switch Lite Launches With Some Reports Of Drifting
Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo’s newest hardware in the family of portable consoles is the Switch Lite. The new handheld device has launched with The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and it also came with an exclusive even Nintendo didn’t know it had… drifting.

Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of sales and marketing commented about the release of the Nintendo Switch Lite, saying…

“The introduction of Nintendo Switch Lite gives people the choice of a Nintendo Switch system that best fits their needs and personal play style. With the simultaneous launch of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, today is a great day for newcomers and existing Nintendo Switch owners alike.”

The launch wasn’t all roses and green man-dresses, though. Some users reported some drifting issues.

YouTuber Spawn Wave did a short video detailing the right analog stick drifting off the center axis.

The reports are sparse right now, and most people are focusing on articles propped up by a few outlets pointing to a couple of videos on YouTube.

Is it possible it’s a widespread manufacturing glitch? It’s possible. Is it also possible that the issue is related to a few defective units that came off the line? It’s also possible.

Using a couple of YouTube videos doesn’t necessitate that it’s a widespread problem, though. It means a few people are encountering this issue. The vanilla Switch also had reports of drifting during the first production run of the hybrid console. Nintendo later acknowledged the issue and addressed it in future outings.

We’ll have to wait to find out just how widespread it actually is, if at all. Hopefully it’s not as common as the original red rings of death that plagued the Xbox 360, but given that most of the news is centered around a couple of videos I tend to doubt that it’s as bad as some reports might make it seem.


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