Nintendo Switch Facing Lawsuit Over Its Tablet Design

Nintendo Switch Facing Lawsuit Over Its Tablet Design

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

Accessory maker Gamesvice recently began legal proceedings against the company, filing a lawsuit against Nintendo that alleges the Switch's removable Joy-Con controllers violate a patent acquired by the comparatively diminutive firm when it was developing the Wikipad. There are two analogue sticks, a D-Pad and four action buttons with a display in the middle but that's really the extent of it. A tablet/mobile device slides into the device to allow you to play mobile games with traditional console controls.

In the image above you can see Gamevice's "Wikipad". Joy-Cons can also be used separately, while unattached from the Switch. Not only is it asking for undisclosed damages, but it also requests a ban on Switch sales. If this were to happen, it would certainly affect the success of the Nintendo Switch, which has been enjoying a steady demand from consumers.

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There are some notable differences between the devices, too.

The Switch launched in March and has sold 4.7 million units by Nintendo's latest count. This comes after the Switch has performed well in global markets, with the gaming console producing strong sales numbers. It was first released in 2013, long before the Switch was even rumoured.

Nintendo has been working on its own, similar controller ideas for years - including this early concept for the Wii U, right, from 2012.

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

Nintendo hasn't addressed the lawsuit yet, while Gamevice declined to comment.

Gamevice's Wikipad (pictured below) is the device that the Switch supposedly uses the patents from.

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