Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Nintendo Switch faces shocking sales BAN, as new console threat emerges

Nintendo Switch faces shocking sales BAN, as new console threat emerges

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

Accessory maker Gamevice is suing Nintendo over its popular Switch console.

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

But patent banter aside, what's really interesting about the lawsuit is how much is at stake - Gamesvice is calling not only for damages, but a sweeping ban on Switch sales.

Specifically, the lawsuit picks out the removable Joy-Con controllers as being too close to Gamevice's patent for a detachable game controller.

Gamevice claimed that Nintendo has infringed the '119 patent through the sale of Nintendo Switch.

Gamevice stated to Engadget that they have no comment on the case at this time and Nintendo have yet to give comment.

The Wikipad (pictured above) features dual analog sticks, an analog D-pad, and four analog action buttons. However, This is vastly different from the Nintendo Switch since the Joy-Cons actually slide into place. As reported by Engadget, Gamevice claims the Switch uses the patents it owns for the Wikipad device, along with the controllers it sells, without its permission. Most recently, the Japanese gaming firm released the 3.0.1 system software update for the console, which fixed issues with the Switch's battery charge indicator. Nintendo estimates it has sold over 4.7 million Switch units to date.

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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