The Nintendo Switch has been a solid success, selling almost five million units since its March 2017 release, but one company claims that Nintendo's hybrid handheld/console gaming device is illegally infringing on its patents.
'Because tablet or smartphone based games typically required the user to control the screen action using touch-sensitive controls that appeared directly on the screen (taking up valuable screen space), Gamevice's well-received Wikipad product included a detachable game controller.
Gamevice is suing Nintendo over the design of the Joy-Cons, claiming that Nintendo is infringing on their patented design.
As Engadget explains, Gamevice had grand designs for the Wikipad when it began hyping the tablet up in 2012. It came out in 2013, powered by a quad core Nvidia Tegra, shipping as a Google certified product. It filed the lawsuit on August 9th. In contrast, the Wikipad controllers clip on. The Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con controllers are not attached to each other in any way, and can even be used separately from one another. The similarities between the two are only on grounds of portable controllers that can be detached from the console. Oh, and the Wii U controller as a second screen.
The company is seeking damages from Nintendo and also wants the Switch to be pulled from shelves.
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.