Nintendo's Getting Sued for Making a Console With Sliding Modular Controllers

Nintendo Is Getting Sued over the Switch's Design, Apparently

One of the Nintendo Switch's greatest tricks is the ability to detach the controllers and play on TV or in tabletop mode, share the Joy-Con with a friend for multiplayer, and more.

The company that obtained the patent was Wikipad, Inc. The complaint filed on Wednesday stated that "Nintendo's infringement has caused, and is continuing to cause, damage and irreparable injury to Gamevice." . According to the lawsuit, the Switch copies the distinct feature of Wikipad which are produced by the Japanese firm, Gamevice.

The Nintendo Switch is available now. Gamevice has since abandoned the machine, focusing instead on add-on controllers for smartphones and tablets. The paperwork for the case has also been released online so you can see just how Gamevice's legal team is trying to prove the infringement. The one on the Wikipad, like many other non-Nintendo consoles, is designed ever so slightly different, but considering their flimsy argument that the Switch infringes on the Wikipad, there still exists a significant amount of irony.

The accessory maker is suing Nintendo because they believe Nintendo used their patent of the Wikipad to design the joy cons for the Switch.

The Nintendo Switch is off to a fantastic start for Nintendo, with sales on track to eclipse the Wii U within the first year. The Nintendo Switch battery life could be proof of this and allow the company to establish a key difference between its hardware and Gamevice's.

Nintendo has always been considered a company that likes to experiment and create new devices that might seem weird but in the end prove to be great, ergonomic, state of the art technology. NVIDIA has, other than Apple, the leading mobile chipset, and given the Switch's form factor and hybrid console considerations, they were best suited to provide Nintendo with what they needed.

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