Nintendo Switch Facing Lawsuit Over Its Tablet Design

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Gamevice offers detachable gaming controllers for tablets and smartphones. As you can see, it is a tablet with game controllers attached to either side but none of it really resembles the Nintendo Switch.

Now Nintendo is gearing up to defend itself against another patent lawsuit, only this one is directed at the detachable Joy-Con controllers included in the box with every Switch.

Engadget reported that Gamevice declined to comment on the lawsuit. The Wikipad line doesn't allow you to play games on the tablet then dock it to play on the TV, for example.

Gamevice demands that Nintendo stop selling the Switch, pays damages for infringing the patent, and pays attorney fees, costs, and all other expenses related to the action. Nintendo estimates it has sold over 4.7 million Switch units to date.

It's apparent that both devices have a lot in common and have a lot of differences, but it will ultimately be up to the courts to decide whether Gamevice actually has a case against Nintendo.


Nintendo has already been slowly coming out with new titles for the Switch as it also recently made its online services available to gamers.

The Nintendo Switch will also be getting more games from publisher/developer Capcom.

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

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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