Nintendo put foam pads in the Zelda Joy-Con, but experts say it doesn’t solve drift, and it’s not new

Joy-Con drift

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“Joy-Con drift.” Man what a loaded discussion! It’s been an issue since the Nintendo Switch launched, and Nintendo’s answer has mostly been to quietly greenlight controller repairs: with a warning that you might not get your original Joy-Con back. That…could be a problem for elusive collector’s items like the new¬†Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Joy-Con, but there seems to be some sort of fix involved with those remotes. Kinda.

As the Spawn Wave Twitter account points out, Nintendo has put foam inside of the Joy-Con “behind the Joystick module.” The aim is clearly to cut down on Joy-Con drift, as this YouTube video succinctly explains. The thing is, this isn’t exactly new, according to several Joy-Con industry experts, including Spawn Wave itself.

Another tweet explains that “Nintendo seems to have been doing this for a little while,” like oh say, a couple of years. Spawn Wave showcases a yellow Joy-Con that also has the “foam fix.” But unfortunately, it’s not really a permanent fix.

So back to the aforementioned YouTube video. VK’s Channel breaks down the whole Joy-Con drift situation perfectly, explaining why it happens, while providing an actual cheap fix. All you really need to do is open up your Switch and put a small piece of cardboard in to prevent drift from happening. They execute this fix in real-time with a drifting Joy-Con, showing deadzoning, then highlighting the fixed directional inputs post-cardboard. Other people have their own custom fixes as well!

To say that Joy-Con drift is an engineering/manufacturing oversight is understating it a bit. It’s a massive problem, and one that Nintendo could have nipped sooner. Time will tell if future Joy-Con will actually have permanent fixes, and in the meantime, intrepid content creators will be breaking them apart and giving us the rundown. Someone has to!

Chris Carter
Reviews Director, Co-EIC - Chris has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, make an account, and start blogging in January of 2009. Now, he's staff!