Nintendo Facing Lawsuit Over Switch Design

Cesar Mills
August 11, 2017

Specifically, the lawsuit picks out the removable Joy-Con controllers as being too close to Gamevice's patent for a detachable game controller.

Now Nintendo is gearing up to defend itself against another patent lawsuit, only this one is directed at the detachable Joy-Con controllers included in the box with every Switch.

Gamevice stated to Engadget that they have no comment on the case at this time and Nintendo have yet to give comment. The device features two analogue sticks, an analogue D-pad and 4 action buttons. Needless to say, this accessory was designed in a way in that you could play mobile games using traditional console controls.

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The suit said that Gamevice has filed for patent protection and now holds more than 41 patents in ten countries related to a range of gaming devices, controls and accessories. The Wikipad controllers clip on, whereas the Switch controllers slide neatly into place. Not only is it asking for undisclosed damages, but it also requests a ban on Switch sales.

There are some notable differences between the devices, too. Most recently, the Japanese gaming firm released the 3.0.1 system software update for the console, which fixed issues with the Switch's battery charge indicator.

With Gamevice's lawsuit against Nintendo, it could possibly become a threat to the Switch's success moving forward. Nintendo predicted that it would be able to sell 10 million units of the Switch by the end of its fiscal year 2018.

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