The Nintendo Switch uses Joy Con Controllers in order to have players interact with their games. The Joy Con Controllers can be used while connected to the left and right hand sides of the Switch slate, or they can be used while the slate is plugged into the Switch dock in order to play on a television.
The Wikipad would be a similar device that lets owners play games on the Android based gaming slate. The Wikipad controllers could also be used with Android tablets or phones, and it’s the concept for the combination of the slate and controllers that forms the basis of Gamevice’s lawsuit. The lawsuit calls for a ban on Switch sales as well as damages to Gamevice.
So far both Gamevice and Nintendo have declined to comment on the lawsuit, though news will probably filter down through the press as more information is revealed.
With regards to the designs, while the Wikipad controllers and the Joy Con Controllers do look very similar, the Wikipad controllers clip onto tablets and phones, while Joy Con Controllers slide into the sides of the Nintendo Switch slate. Furthermore, the buttons and joysticks are placed very differently on both sets of controllers, with the Wikipad controllers looking far more symmetrical.
The idea for the Wikipad started in 2012 promising more than just tablet gaming, some of the other features promised were glasses-free 3D gaming, in addition to game streaming. However, after a delay and a rethink around a design Gamevice opted for add-ons for phones and tablets instead.
While it can be seen that the Switch’s success is a model of the success the Wikipad may have seen if it had launched as originally intended, it can also be argued that the Switch is the natural evolution of Nintendo’s consoles. The Wii U gamepad featured a control scheme close to that of the Switch, though the Switch improved upon the design by allowing players to take their games on the go, which was always the argument for what the Wii U could’ve been.