Nintendo is Being Sued Over the Switch’s Joy-Con Controllers

The Nintendo Switch released back in March of this year. The system sports a very unique ‘hybrid’ design, which is very similar to that of the average tablet. Part of this design is the detachable controllers which are located on both the left and right sides of the console, dubbed the ‘Joy-Cons’. The Joy-Cons are the primary controllers for the Switch and a pair of them come included with each Switch console. It seems that the design of these controllers are similar to another patented design from a U.S-based mobile company.

Gamevice is suing Nintendo over the design of the Joy-Cons, claiming that Nintendo is infringing on their patented design. In a statement, Gamevice said that Nintendo’s infringement has been very damaging to the company and is seeking compensation for these alleged damages.

Gamevice makes controllers for mobile devices which are very similar to that of the Joy-Cons. Just like Nintendo’s design, the Gamevice controllers also attach to both sides of a mobile device, keeping the display firmly in the middle. Here’s a Gamevice controller for the iPhone 7:

Now let’s compare it to the Switch:

I’ve got to say, both designs do look very close. Even so, the case is not closed yet. Nintendo has yet to give an official response on the matter, but the company has a lot of experience dealing with companies trying to sue over patent infringements. It will be interesting to see how this ‘Switchuation’ turns out.


A.K Rahming
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.