Nintendo and Gamevice Enter Legal Battle over Switch Design


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

Gamevice alleges that the body of the Nintendo Switch itself is the bridge section, when in fact it is actually a separate device with which the Joy-Cons communicate and can optionally attach onto. Gamevice has accused Nintendo of violating a patent for concepts they used in Wikipad, reports Engadget.

Gamevice is demanding Nintendo to stop selling the Switch, cover all the costs related to the lawsuit, and pay damages for infringing the patent. According to the lawsuit, the Switch copies the distinct feature of Wikipad which are produced by the Japanese firm, Gamevice.

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For the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo ended up partnering with NVIDIA for their Tegra chipset to power their new system. The Wikipad is an Android tablet with its own controller, with a layout similar to that of the Switch when it's in Tablet mode. Each is sold with a pair of controllers. Of course, as you can see with the Wikipad image below, the two devices look similar, so it's not exactly surprising to see why this lawsuit was filed.

Nintendo did not immediately respond to request for comment. The device received mixed reviews and is no longer on the market. 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.

But the sales shortages haven't hurt sales, because the Nintendo Switch has sold 4.7million units worldwide since launch. According to the company's latest earnings report, this includes nearly two million in April, May, and June. The Switch is mobile and works with televisions, but Nintendo has been quite adamant that it is a home console first and a mobile device second.