This is a really bad time for Nintendo. According to the company’s recent financials, they failed to meet sales expectations, despite slashing those estimations earlier. Now the company will no doubt want to focus its efforts on improving the Wii U. They may want to start by creating games that will make gamers want to buy it. Seems obvious, but they missed that the first time.
Well, now they have a lawsuit to distract them. Nintendo is now facing a lawsuit from Philips, who claims that the company infringed on their patents with the Wii U. They are seeking three times the damages and requesting that the Wii U be banned from being sold. Wow. This is the last thing Nintendo needed. Then again they have made mistake after mistake with this console.
Philips says that Nintendo infringed upon two of their patents related to a “Virtual Body Control Device” and “User Interface System Based on Pointing Device”. Both of these are apparently used in the Wii U game console. They claim that Nintendo knew about these patents way back in 2011 but went ahead anyway without permission or getting the proper licensing.
They better hope that they are allowed to keep selling consoles. They have some big titles coming soon.