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Nintendo Sued Over Switch Detachable Controller Design

Nintendo Sued Over Switch Detachable Controller Design

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 has refused to comment on the lawsuit. Not only is it asking for undisclosed damages, but it also requests a ban on Switch sales.

Nintendo is accused of infringing USA patent number 9,126,119, called "Combination computing device and game controller with flexible bridge section". 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.

Gamevice is claiming that Nintendo has infringed on its patents.

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The Gamevice Wikipad, an accessory to turn a tablet into handheld gaming device. 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. However, This is vastly different from the Nintendo Switch since the Joy-Cons actually slide into place. The early concept for the Wii U from 2012 is evidence of this.

But the sales shortages haven't hurt sales, because the Nintendo Switch has sold 4.7million units worldwide since launch.

The Nintendo Switch has been notoriously hard to get hold of since releasing on March 3.

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