Nintendo Sued Over Switch Detachable Controller Design


California-based Gamevice filed its lawsuit at the US District Court for the Central District of California on Wednesday, July 9.

Reported by Engadget, the company claims that Nintendo has used patents that Gamevice owns for the Switch without the company's permission.

"According to the suit, the Switch and its removable Joy-Con controllers are too close to Gamevice's vision of a combination of detachable game controller and a device with a 'flexible bridge section, '" Engadget reported. The device features two analogue sticks, an analogue D-pad and 4 action buttons. The Wikipad line doesn't allow you to play games on the tablet then dock it to play on the TV, for example.

In the image above you can see Gamevice's "Wikipad". The early concept for the Wii U from 2012 is evidence of this.

There are some notable differences between the devices, too.

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In October previous year, Nintendo announced a new home gaming console, the Nintendo Switch. Capcom's "Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers" sold over 450,000 copies during the first quarter, which prompted the publisher's desire to release more games for the Switch.

Nintendo's Switch console has been wildly successful since its release early previous year.

With Gamevice's lawsuit against Nintendo, it could possibly become a threat to the Switch's success moving forward.

Gamevice claimed that Nintendo has infringed the '119 patent through the sale of Nintendo Switch. Nintendo predicted that it would be able to sell 10 million units of the Switch by the end of its fiscal year 2018.