Nintendo is accused of infringing U.S. patent number 9,126,119, called "Combination computing device and game controller with flexible bridge section". Their device allows players to control their mobile video games with the controllers, instead of using the touchscreen on the device.
In addition to damages, the company is also calling for the Nintendo Switch to be banned from sale. According to the lawsuit, the Switch copies the distinct feature of Wikipad which are produced by the Japanese firm, Gamevice. The Switch could've earned much more but Nintendo undermined the potential of its product. While there are other gaming tablets such as the NVIDIA Shield, they claim that the removable nature of the Joycon controllers is too close to patents they hold.
It says that the Switch tablet's detachable Joy-Con components and its "flexible bridge section" are a breach of copyright. So, Gamevice eventually chose to drop Wikipad and go ahead with add-on peripherals for smartphones and tablets. From a certain perspective, the Switch is what the Wikipad could have been, which might make the success of Nintendo's new hybrid console all the more painful for the Wikipad's creators.
We've reached out to Nintendo for comment and will update the story should we hear back. The device received mixed reviews and is no longer on the market.
Portable gaming is hardly a novel concept, and the basic appearance of the handheld Switch is reminiscent of older Nintendo and Sony consoles.
In October previous year, Nintendo announced a new home gaming console, the Nintendo Switch.