Peripherals manufacturer Gamevice, who sell the Wikipad add-on controller for tablets, are suing Nintendo. Gamevice are claiming that several patented concepts for the Wikipad are being used without permission by Nintendo for their Joy-Con controllers.
Gamevice finds the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers too similar to their own patented versions of detachable controllers with a flexible bridge section. The peripheral maker is asking for Nintendo to pay for damages as well as ending Switch sales.
If you’ve actually heard of the Wikipad before this lawsuit, that makes one of us. Gamevice announced the tablet add-on in 2012, promising glasses-free 3D game streaming. Let’s just say the plans were better than the results, with delays and redesigns slowing down progress. Gamevice eventually stopped making Wikipads, despite positive reviews. With the success of the Nintendo Switch, Gamevice must surely be thinking ‘if only’.