Nintendo faces lawsuit over Switch design

Nintendo Switch Joy Con Controllers

In the lawsuit filed in California earlier this week, Gamevice asks the court to award it damages and to order Nintendo to stop making, using and selling the Switch. There are two analogue sticks, a D-Pad and four action buttons with a display in the middle but that's really the extent of it.

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. However, This is vastly different from the Nintendo Switch since the Joy-Cons actually slide into place. If this were to happen, it would certainly affect the success of the Nintendo Switch, which has been enjoying a steady demand from consumers.

The Switch launched in March and has sold 4.7 million units by Nintendo's latest count.

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Gamevice said it has no comment on the case when approached by Engadget, and Nintendo has yet to chime on the matter.

In addition to damages, the company is also calling for the Nintendo Switch to be banned from sale. The game is also headed to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this month on August 29. While there are differences between the Switch and Gamevice's products, I couldn't say whether or not they're enough to dismiss the lawsuit entirely. At the very least, it could slow down the Switch's progress. According to Engadget, accessory maker Gamevice has taken issue with the tablet-based console, alleging that it has violated a patent used in the company's Wikipad device, a gaming-focused Android tablet.