Touchy Subject – Nintendo Suing Mobile Developer Colopl Over Joystick Patent, Others

Many tech-based companies file patents every year for new products or technology that is their own. In Nintendo’s case, “A patent is a grant of the exclusive right in an invention for a period of time. Nintendo owns many utility and design patents,” and it should come as no surprise that a company would want to protect those rights. In this case, Nintendo taking action, suing mobile developer Colopl for a hefty sum of ¥4.4 billion (about $40 million) over the alleged infringement of five patents.

One of the patents in question is the Nintendo DS Wrist Strap, specifically for the game Super Mario 64 DS, which utilized “special technology to operate a joystick over a touch panel.” The idea is the Colopl-developed mobile game White Cat Project took advantage of this, as the game is deemed an action-RPG that you play with only your thumb. The accessory allowed the player to use the touchscreen as an analog stick, which is why the strap was marketed alongside Super Mario 64 DS. 

One of the patents in question.

No official statement has been made by either party, but Twitter user @Benzman_kabu reported earlier that Colopl posted an urgent job application for an attorney who has experience in these matters. Stay tuned for more details.

Caleb has been a gamer and Nintendo fan since picking up Pokémon Red for his Game Boy back in 1998, at the wee age of 4. He’s an avid Pokémon TCG collector, and is currently enjoying Breath of the Wild on Switch, along with PUBG on Xbox. He’s a fan of the outdoors when not writing, while also being an avid runner and world traveler. Give him a shout if you’re a fan of Arsenal FC.

Plays: Switch, 3DS, Xbox One, Pokémon TCG, and Various Board Games.

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