Gamevice Sues Nintendo Over Joy-Con Design

The suit centers around whether Nintendo violated patents regarding the Switch's Joy-Con controllers.

Since its release, the Nintendo Switch has enjoyed both critical and commercial success. However, a new bump in the road brings into question the unique nature of the console's Joy-Con controllers. Gamevice, maker of the Wikipad, claims the Switch's Joy-Cons too closely resemble the Wikipad, as Engadet's Jon Fingas reports.

Gamevice is suing Nintendo for patent violation and calling for Switch production to cease.

For those unfamiliar with the Wikipad, it is a tablet gaming device that allows gamers to play Android games with controller support. The current Wikipad 7 tablet accessory is much different in design from the original device and its detachable controls (which launched back in 2013), are those that the lawsuit concerns.


However, there are several key differences between the two controllers. Not least among these differences is the fact that Nintendo's Joy-Cons are distinct from each other in terms of function and technology used, and, as Nintendo frequently states, the HD vibration does set them apart from other controllers.


Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on the suit as it develops. 






Josh Broadwell's gaming career began early--1993, to be exact--when he was introduced to the Super Nintendo and Super Mario World. Despite all the magnificent games the SNES and, later, the original PlayStation had to offer, it wasn't until the GameBoy Advance era that he finally discovered RPGs, which quickly became a favorite genre. He holds a BA in history, an MA in history, and is currently pursuing an MA in strategic communication.

Published Aug. 11th 2017

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