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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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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 Gets Updated With Function That Lets You Find Lost Joy-Cons, Find Friends

By Radu Iorga

Got a Nintendo Switch? Annoyed by the fact you keep losing your Joy-Cons? Well, the latest software update of the console lets you fix that, by allowing you to find the accessories more easily. Let’s find out how.

I have to say that this is actually Nintendo’s biggest Switch software update yet, version 3.0 of the software. 3DS and Wii U friends will now be shown as friend suggestions on the user page, which is one of the best things about it. The update also brings a function that notifies you once a friend comes online and another one that lets you adjust the maximum headphone volume in settings.

Bluetooth headphones are still not supported and there’s no YouTube or Netflix… or cloud save for that matter. As far as the whole “lost controller” thing goes, the new software makes the Joy-Cons vibrate in order for you to find them more easily. Version 3.0.0 also brings the option to plug in a Pro controller and use it as a wired alternative to the Joy-Cons.

There are also new Splatoon 2 characters for user icons, the option to change display colors to Invert Colors or Grayscale and various bug fixes and patches. One of them is the prevention of unintended HDMI Input change with some TVs when the console is docked in Sleep mode.

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Nintendo reveals Joy-Con battery grips and new color, standalone Switch dock

By Darrell Etherington

Nintendo will offer a special battery grip accessory for its Joy-Con controller accessory, which will be offered in sets of two and add more life to the already considerable 20-hour runtime of the Joy-Cons using their built-in power. Nintendo is also going to add a new color option for Joy-Cons, a Neon Yellow that will make sure everyone knows you’re using a Switch and can’t… Read More

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