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Nintendo Getting Sued for Switch’s Detachable Controllers, That Apparently Copy Some Other Tech

By James A.

The Nintendo Switch is without a doubt one of the most successful pieces of hardware in 2017 and while it may seem like an original machine, it’s certainly not the first tablet with gaming controllers. This has also prompted parties to actually sue Nintendo for violating a patent or two.

The folks of Wikipad, who have a gaming oriented slate are ready for a suit against Nintendo. The whole idea of add-on controllers is in the mix here. They claim that the Switch and the removable Joy-Con controllers are too similar to the Gamevice approach for a detachable game controller, with a “flexible bridge section”. The party is asking for damages and a ban on Switch sales.

Gamevice hasn’t commented on the lawsuit and Nintendo neither. The Wikipad team had plans for a gaming tablet back in 2012 and it promised high end and unique features, like glasses free 3D and game streaming. Sadly, the product didn’t work out fine, on account of delays and a revamp and rethink of the device. The end result did get some traction, but Gamevice dropped it in favour of the gaming add ons for phones and tablets.

Of course one may argue that even Razer and Archos have ground to sue Nintendo because they have similar tablets, but the Switch is so much more. It’s a dockable machine, also a desktop console and a portable one. I say this case tilts in favour of Nintendo.

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Wii U Gamepad Turned Into Tablet PC by Hacker (Video)

By Radu Iorga

While the Nintendo Switch is the number one Nintendo console everybody is talking about, the Wii U got some extra talk this week, thanks to a hack. Remember its huge controller, that’s basically a tablet? Well, that device has just been turned into a tablet PC via a hacker. We have the deets!

Sudomod forum member banjokazooie is responsible with this hack and he modded a GamePad on the inside and outside, too. That’s shown via a custom paint job. Inside we find an Intel Core M-6Y57 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage and a microSD card slot. There’s also a 4000 mAh battery and a 2560 x 1440 pixel touchscreen display. A USB DAC sound card is here and a stereo amplifier too.

Making it all tick better is an Intel Compute Stick, that offers the hardware needed to run Windows. Banjo also made the gizmo cool, via a bunch of RGB lights around the joysticks. Emulation software is in the mix here, so we get a modified Wii U GamePad that runs even Windows applications AND Nintendo games, including Wii U ones. I have to say this contraption is growing on me.

In several areas it’s actually better and probably overall cheaper than the PS Vita when it debuted.

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Nintendo Only Sold 2 Million Units of the Switch Console in Q2 This Year, Faced With Product Shortages

By Radu Iorga

Nintendo’s Switch console is enjoying a fine run, as it’s getting closer to a total of 5 million units sold. In Q2 alone it moved 2 million units, but many more could have been sold, were it not for shortages.

The Kyoto firm actually sold 1.97 million Switch consoles during the second fiscal quarter, ended in June. This means that the grand total of sold units is now 4.7 million. For the full year of 2017 predictions are at around 10 million models, if they can make them fast enough. The games also sold very well, with the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe surprising everyone with a 3.54 million sales figure.

The flagship game of the consle, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold around 1.16 million units, bringing the total to 3.92 million on all platforms. Ever since its debut the Switch console has had problems with shortages, since too many people want one for Nintendo to cope with demand. Major retailers have been listing the product as sold out for a long while now and new stocks run out afast.

What’s certain is that the Switch will clearly beat its predecessor, as the Wii U only sold 13.5 million units during its entire lifespan. And the Switch is due some upgrades this year, that will bring extra features and improved online connectivity, as time passes. Basically Nintendo cracked the gaming tablet market and also provided a solid living room console with Full HD graphics at the same time.

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Nintendo Switch finally has a streaming video app, and it works—kind of

By Sam Machkovech

Enlarge / Rick and Morty on a Nintendo Switch?! It’s thanks to Niconico, a Japan-only video streaming app that works on any Switch in the world. (credit: Sam Machkovech)

For all of the things we like about the Nintendo Switch, its lack of serious app or multimedia support has become increasingly frustrating. Switch owners had to wait a full four months for the system’s first true media-streaming app, which finally launched late Wednesday—and for most of the world, it will require jumping through quite the language-barrier hoop.

The honor belongs to Niconico, a video-streaming app from the popular Japanese video service of the same name. This free app is now available to all Nintendo Switch owners, regardless of their country of origin. To download it, users will need at least one Japanese Nintendo eShop account set up on their Switch—and in good news, the installation is not only easy but free. This is thanks to the Nintendo Switch’s utter lack of region-locking. (Niconico has previously released video apps for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems, but those are region locked.)

The English-speaking friendliness ends as soon as the app boots, however. Having installed and tested the app on an American Switch, I can report that Niconico does the trick, so long as users are fine with a complete lack of language options. You’ll need to tap through Japanese-language menus before watching your first video. Doing this creates a free Niconico account attached to your Nintendo Network ID.

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Nintendo Switch Has Good Odds at Outselling Xbox One, According to Analyst

By Radu Iorga

Nintendo Switch is booming, we knew as much, judging by the way people were talking about the product and its sales. It’s actually doing so well, that it has great odds of outselling the Xbox One, according to one analyst at least.

Michael Pachter is the one most vocal about the evolution of the Nintendo Switch, claiming he expects the Xbox One to sell about 10-11 million units, while the Switch could move 14 million. The same Michael called the PS4 Pro a bargain, but then also called the 4K market redundant. The holiday season is going to be vital for all the consoles, when it comes to their sales.

Pachter seems sure that Nintendo will beat Microsoft this year and even beat the PlayStation 4 in the process. The only thing that may hamper Nintendo in its progress may be the fact that supply problems for the Switch have appeared around the world. Sadly, the Xbox One sales are always kept secret, so it’s hard to tell if the Switch actually beats the Xbox One.

The most conservative estimates sit at around 36 million since 2013, while the PlayStation is at 60 million. The Nintendo Switch already outsold the PS4 in the last few months, so let’s see if it does so for the whole year. Right now the Ninty machine has moved 2.7 million units since the March debut. Xbox One X could be a game changer though, although it’s rather expensive. Nintendo has exclusives going for it, with all the Mario, Zelda and ARMS love helping it a lot.

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