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Nintendo hit by lawsuit over Switch design

Nintendo hit by lawsuit over Switch design

Engadget reported that Gamevice declined to comment on the lawsuit. The tablet portion of the Switch is also in question since Gamevice claims that Nintendo's solution for attaching the Joy-Con is close to its device with a "flexible bridge section", Engadget has learned.

According to Engadget, the lawsuit was filed by the accessories company called Gamevice who offered the Android gaming tablet known as the Wikipad.

As you can see above, the Wikipad features dual analog sticks, four analog buttons, and an analog D-pad along with an area where you can slide in a tablet or mobile device.

The suit said that Gamevice has filed for patent protection and now holds more than 41 patents in ten countries related to a range of gaming devices, controls and accessories. The company also takes issue with the similarities between the Switch's detachable Joy-Cons and the eponymous peripherals it sells for phones and tablets.

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Gamevice has demanded that Nintendo pay damages for the infringement, and has requested a ban of all Switch sales - something that would have a massive impact on the Nintendo's revenue stream.

There are some notable differences between the devices, too. 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. The game is also headed to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this month on August 29.

Claim 1 of the patent is allegedly infringed because the Nintendo product includes two control modules that provide an input device, among other aspects.

The chances of Gamevice's lawsuit being successful seems pretty unlikely.


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