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Nintendo Sued Over Switch Detachable Controller Design

11 August 2017, 02:42 | Edward Lowe

Nintendo Sued Over Switch Detachable Controller Design

Nintendo Switch Joy Con Controllers

Gamevice are now suing Nintendo, who they allege stole the idea for the Switch's detachable controllers from the Wikipad line of products.

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.

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Also included are the company's detachable controllers, which let users turns their existing phones or tablets into Switch-like devices.

"Nintendo's infringement has caused, and is continuing to cause, damage and irreparable injury to Gamevice, and Gamevice will continue to suffer damage and irreparable injury unless and until that infringement is enjoined by this court", said the complaint.

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

The Wikipad (pictured above) features dual analog sticks, an analog D-pad, and four analog action buttons. Then a company claiming to own a patent describing handheld systems including the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS filed a lawsuit that also had to be fought and won.

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It may have taken the Switch longer to launch, but this seems like another lawsuit Nintendo should be able to defend itself from without too much of an issue.

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