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Lawsuit filed against Nintendo over Switch’s detachable controllers

Posted on August 11, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Nintendo may soon have a new legal battle on its hands. Gamevice, an accessory maker, claims that the big N has violated one of its patents used in the Wikipad.

Gamevice says that Switch and its removable Joy-Con controllers are similar to the Wikipad products. The company is looking to be compensated for damages and a ban on Switch sales.

Here’s a look at one of the devices in question:

Engadget, who reported on the story, asked for comment from Nintendo and Gamevice. Thus far, neither has commented on the situation.


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  • ChaosNocturne

    they will be laughed out of the courtroom and counter sued into the gutter

    • Guest

      I remember reading an article about someone suing Nintendo for using 3D on their 3DS and actually won. Nintendo had to pay hefty amount of money, I hope it doesn’t happen again here.

    • Rodrigo Coelho Costa Junior

      Every new console there’s a batch of new trash companies trying to file a suit against Nintendo.
      And I have never seen they win.
      Tey tried with the rumble, tried with the wii, tried with 3ds, DS, now the switch.
      They lose every time.

      And seriously…. look at that trash, its obviously not going to win or get anywhere close to banning the switch.

  • Vigilante_blade

    The Wikipad is a tablet. The Switch is a console. They aren’t even comparable products.

    • RoadyMike

      The Switch is in fact not a console, but a tablet. All of the Switch’s guts are in that tablet and can work without being plugged in. If the main components were in the dock or if additional components like RAM, Drives etc were in the dock, I’d agree with you

      But to me this is just a peripheral that connects via bluetooth (or it’s USB-C at the bottom. It’s more like the dock than anything if you think about it) and there are plenty of those around.
      If Nintendo can make the case that the Wikipad controller thing is one big bulk instead of 2 separate small joycons, along with it’s other functionalities, I think it’s pretty much case closed

      • Nintendo South Wales

        The Switch isn’t technically a complete tablet though is it. You can power it on and select and icon using the touchscreen, but unless you’re playing Voez or Shephy, you can’t use the device as its meant to be used without controllers.

      • zelgadis greywords

        The switch is a console, nor a tablet and the minimum size for a tablet is 7 inches and the switch only have 6.2, call it phablet if you like but is not a tablet. And aditionaly the dock have 2 main components that all the people tend to forgot. It can recharge the console and send the video signal AT THE SAME TIME wich an HDMI cant do alone, it needs an USB port in adition to the HDMI port for doing this

      • Tlink7

        You can’t exactly do a lot on the Switch screen without the controllers. It isn’t a tablet like an iPad

        • RoadyMike

          Well they can just use that in court as well

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  • awng782

    If at first you don’t succeed, try try to sue someone who did it better.

  • Alright listen well here motherf***ker,

    From what was displayed in that video…

    Facts as to why this does not violet on the patent rights:

    1. The Joycons are actual S E P E R A T E controllers, not one big giant controller.

    2. Also the Joycons detach separately vs detaching as one whole controller shelf.

    3. They have rumble/bluetooth/IR features that the Wikipad does not have.

    4. Lastly it does not have these speakers on the controllers.

    Kinda sad that you need this specific one & only controller in order to use the Wikipad to it’s full extent whereas the Switch can use Joycons or the Pro Controller.

    One last little thing that surprised me was that they didn’t file a patent lawsuit for the whole Wikipad HDMI out to TV as that was the one thing it had a big similarity to the Switch.

    P.S. AND LOL “a ban on Switch sales.”, well good thing I bought one launch day! Even so good luck with making that happen.

    • Jaxon Holden

      5. Wikipad holds no monopoly on devices that attach, patent or not. They can’t say “no one else in the world is allowed to have removable parts”.

      6. Wikipad is for playing mobile tablet games with buttons, while still being able to remove the buttons and use the device as a tablet, whereas Switch is a dedicated gaming console-handheld hybrid, whose handheld button controls double as a wireless console controller. Two totally separate things. Only commonality is… they attach (see point 5)

  • ronin4life

    It just ain’t a Nintendo product without someone crawling out from under a rock to sue them for it…

    Especially when they release something and it ends up successful.

  • RoadyMike
    • Michael Jackson just looks creepy in that .gif, or is that Prince?

      • RoadyMike

        It’s Michael. It’s from the Thriller music video so that might be intentional

  • Tomo910

    Seriously?? What a pile of crap, i am confused though are they suing over the tablet or that horrible detachable mess (bad joke btw)

  • Game_God


  • Gamingfan

  • Gilmar Venancio

    This thing was launched in 2013 and no one heard about it, better try to get some Switch money.

  • Roto Prime

    I’m going to sue Nintendo for being so awesome!!

    • Princess_Eevee9

      I gonna sue Nintendo for what they did to my wallet! Those monsters!

      • Roto Prime

        BEST COMMENT OF FOREVER!!!!! ahahahahahahshahahahahahlolololololololhahahahahahq!!!! AHAHAHAHA

  • Stuart

    This thing looks nothing like a Joy Con,Nintendo and Sega are the ones who should sue,this thing looks like the Gamepad and the Gamegear had a baby.

  • Busterblade

    “ban on Switch sales.” They have enough trouble making them, as is, and of course there’s something like this to add more fuel to the fire.

    Damn man, Nintendo is doing well, get off their case and let them continue to do well….

  • Tlink7

    …I looked at *three* seconds of the video and already it was blatantly obvious this rubbish is nothing like the Switch Joycons. One is an addon for a wide range of tablets and the other is detachable controllers for a console, that will ONLY work with said console.

    By the sueing company’s logic, they should also go after this:
    because, ya know, it too is a plastic controller block into which you slot a handheld device. We all know why they haven’t though; Nintendo’s machine is infinitely more popular…

    I also love how they boast their controller is “has exactly the same buttons as the Xbox controller” yet complain when Nintendo apparently copies them :3
    Either way, I’d say Nintendo has nothing to worry about

  • Thomas_NE

    Go get them, Nintendo lawyers. Kick some patent troll butts, take some names.

  • Funny, I don’t remember them going after Linx with their Vision 8 tablet. Which was almost exactly like the Wikipad.

    Guess Linx don’t have quite as fat chequebooks as Nintendo do 😉

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  • Princess_Eevee9

    You know, I wish I could watch Nintendo battle Patent Trolls in court. I would love to visibly see the logic behind the morons who sue them.

  • These guys are idiots. Especially when the Joycon is actually a pair of detachable controllers not just one bulky mess the wikipad is.

    They won’t be able to win in court. Nintendo will utterly destroy them. Especially since wikipad waiting THIS long before suing. Something tells me Sony is behind this.

    • Tlink7

      How is this in any way related to Sony…

      • Velen (Not WoW)

        Well, as tinfoil hat as this is. Nintendo getting sued of the Switch would be to Sony’s advantage.

        • PRIMUS

          So true.

        • Tlink7

          VERY tinfoil hat xD either way, I think Sony would present a better case than this

    • PRIMUS

      ” Something tells me Sony is behind this. ” LOL. At this point I would not put anything past Sony. You are correct, Nintendo is winning with blessings oozing from Jesus, then comes another hater. Go Nintendo go.

    • awng782

      In no way is Sony responsible for any of this. Please take off your tinfoil hat and suit.

  • Locky Mavo

    Another lawsuit?

    • YamiryuuZero

      Gamevice believes they are competing with Nintendo on the gaming market, otherwise there would be no need for them to demand a ban on Switch sales.

      In light of that, let me laugh uncontrollably over the ridiculousness of that thought.


      • Locky Mavo

        Oh please, they’re not even close to being in the same league as Nintendo, let alone competing againnst them. I doubt anyone has even heard of Gamevice till now. If losing a lawsuit is what it takes for these guys to take some humble pie, then they’d better bring some plates and forks with them.
        Too right, what a ridiculous notion.

  • Rodrigo Coelho Costa Junior

    Can I connect my wikipad on the TV?
    -No mom, a WIKI PAAADD, SO RAAAD!

    • Lagosta

      Essa empresa vai rodar que nem aquele cara que tentou processar a Nintendo pelo 3DS hauhauahuah

      • Rodrigo Coelho Costa Junior

        3ds, ds, wii, wii u, gamecube, n64…. tooda geração tem uns trouxas q tentam e falham hahaha

  • ジョシュ

    LOL! here we go again. I think these people do this to make their “device” famous. They won’t be the last ones claiming nintendo stole “their ideas”. Hope they and their device burn in hell XD just kidding

  • AJK

    I smell impending bankruptcy for wikipad when Nintendo’s lawyers annihilate them in court.


    Dial up the Ninjas, another clown is trying to get at Nintendo.

  • YamiryuuZero

    Nintendo unveils their groundbreaking technology; nobody bats an eye.
    Nintendo makes success with their new machine; someone sues them.

    Yeah, if they had stolen their concept, the lawsuit should have come when Nintendo released that sneak peek trailer!

  • Kid X

    So this is like one of those hundreds of controllers you can connect on your phone right? There’s no way they can win this One.

  • Adrian Brown

    Poor Nintendo, doomed and sued since 1889.

  • Radish

    Good. Nintendo’s ninjas love practicing against these little mosquitoes…

  • John

    LOL every time this guy says, “wikipad”

  • Arturo Turtle Ferro

    thts looks more like part of the wiiu gamepad than the switch

  • awng782

    Quote from this article:

    “The idea of mobile phone game controllers more akin to those for consoles has been around for a while, but the Nintendo Switch’s early success with the hybrid console/tablet model has highlighted its potential for mobile gaming.

    “The Switch has proven that consumers want a form factor that is portable and mobile,” Gamevice CEO Phillip Hyun told

    “It helps us that Nintendo will also be pushing to bring better content to this type of platform.””

    This was from May. Three months later, and Gamevice is suing. These guys are frauds, period.

  • Lx

    They are really kind of suing over just the “detachable” part. Couldn’t tablet case makers then sue you? Also i’m sure your technology has something Nintendo helped create or fine tune.

  • Marc

    XD Jajaja!

  • Sam Coley

    I’m worried that Nintendo will lose and I’ll never get my Switch! Will they be forced to ban Switch sales?!

    • Reggie

      Don’t be worried. Gamevice barely has a case on their hands.

      • Sam Coley

        Are you sure?

        • Reggie

          Yes. Plenty of people before have tried to sue Nintendo over stupid reasons only to get laughed out of court. And even when Nintendo did lose, they appealed and won.

          Gamevice has literally no case here. In fact, they were outright praising Nintendo back in May. If Nintendo really was infringing on their laughable patent, they would have sued them the moment the Switch was first unveiled. But no, they instead decide to sue now with the sole intention of getting money from them. They’re greedy buggers. Their stupid Wikipad is not identical to the Switch in any shape or form. They’re not going to win this.

          • Sam Coley

            Even if they do go to court with it?

          • Reggie

            Yes. God, please calm down. Nintendo has gone to court over stuff like this plenty of times. They’re going to be fine.

  • Sam Coley

    I’m worried that Nintendo will lose and I’ll never get my Switch! Will they be forced to ban Switch sales

  • Sam Coley

    I also heard Gamevice is wanting an actual jury for this case against Nintendo. And you know how stupid juries are! That was rude, but seriously, Nintendo is in trouble!

    • Reggie

      Calm down.

      • Sam Coley

        I’m trying too!

  • Annie Anemo

    Meh, this happens every time Nintendo releases a new console, happened with the Wii, the DS, the 3DS, not sure about the Wii U but it wouldn’t surprise me, and now with the Switch

  • Gregory Weagle

    At least they waited five months to sue the company instead of waiting five days to do it like with Wii.

    Welcome to America, where exercising your rights is easy as apple pie, unless you are the wrong type of person. I’ll leave that as an exercise to the reader.