Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Nintendo sued over Switch controllers

Nintendo sued over Switch controllers

The Nintendo Switch might be the year's must-buy console, but that doesn't mean it's all plain sailing for the Japanese gaming giant - as a new lawsuit aimed at the multinational proves.

Gamevice, which was created under the name Wikipad in 2008 and co-founded by the current CEO of Oculus VR Brendan Iribe, was granted a patent for its gaming accessory by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in September 2015, around a year before the Switch was first revealed to the market.

Gamevice said it has no comment on the case when approached by Engadget, and Nintendo has yet to chime on the matter.

Gamevice demands that Nintendo stop selling the Switch, pays damages for infringing the patent, and pays attorney fees, costs, and all other expenses related to the action.

The lawsuit claims that the Nintendo Switch and its detachable Joy-Con controllers closely resemble what Gamevice had in mind for their own take on a game controller. A tablet/mobile device slides into the device to allow you to play mobile games with traditional console controls.

The Gamevice Wikipad, an accessory to turn a tablet into handheld gaming device.

The Switch launched in March and has sold 4.7 million units by Nintendo's latest count.

And analysts have said it could have sold even MORE if the Switch hadn't been hit by widespread stock shortages.

Gamevice wants money from Nintendo, and the Switch to be removed from sale.

Video game developer Nintendo is being sued by a US mobile gaming accessory company that claims the controllers for the Nintendo Switch console infringes on a patent for its own product.

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