Nintendo Switch Facing Lawsuit Over Its Tablet Design

Nintendo Switch Joy Con Controllers

Video game developer Nintendo is being sued by a US mobile gaming accessory company that claims the controllers for the Nintendo Switch console infringes on a patent for its own product.

Gamevice is also arguing that the Switch and its removable Joy-Con controllers are too similar to its titular add-on controllers for mobile devices, which extend to wrap around the edges of a phone or tablet to provide extra buttons.

Nintendo Switch is the subject of a new lawsuit that could see the console banned from sale.

Those who enjoy a nice bit of litigation with their coffee can read the full complaint here.

This comes after the Switch has performed well in global markets, with the gaming console producing strong sales numbers.

Neither Gamevice nor Nintendo responded to CNBC's request for comment at the time of writing.

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Gamevice is claiming that Nintendo has infringed on its patents.

In 2015, Gamevice released a device of the same name-a game controller created to work with both Apple and Samsung devices which includes a collection of traditional gaming controls, allowing gamers to play on their smartphones and tablet devices.

The Switch uses design concepts originated in the Wikipad, Gamevice alleges. Most recently, the Japanese gaming firm released the 3.0.1 system software update for the console, which fixed issues with the Switch's battery charge indicator.

The chances of Gamevice's lawsuit being successful seems pretty unlikely.

But the sales shortages haven't hurt sales, because the Nintendo Switch has sold 4.7million units worldwide since launch.

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