Nintendo Faces Lawsuit Over Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Design

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Nintendo is being sued for allegedly violating one of Gamevice's patents. 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.

Also included are the company's detachable controllers, which let users turns their existing phones or tablets into Switch-like devices. A tablet device is then supposed to slide into the Wikipad allowing the player to play mobile games.

In the image above you can see Gamevice's "Wikipad".

Gamevice is claiming that Nintendo has infringed on its patents.

"Nintendo's infringement has caused, and is continuing to cause, damage and irreparable injury to Gamevice, and Gamevice will continue to suffer damage and irreparable injury unless and until that infringement is enjoined by this court", said the complaint. Nintendo estimates it has sold over 4.7 million Switch units to date.

While there are differences between the Switch and Gamevice's products, I couldn't say whether or not they're enough to dismiss the lawsuit entirely.

In October a year ago, Nintendo announced a new home gaming console, the Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo Switch will also be getting more games from publisher/developer Capcom. It was first released in 2013, long before the Switch was even rumoured.

Nintendo's Switch console has been wildly successful since its release early a year ago. The game is also headed to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this month on August 29.

The chances of Gamevice's lawsuit being successful seems pretty unlikely. At the very least, it could slow down the Switch's progress.

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