I’m a fan of third-party controllers. They’re cheaper, they usually work just as well and every once in a blue moon they’re actually better than the console’s normal controller. Evidently Nintendo is not a fan of them as they have sued Nyko, claiming that the Nyko Kama infringes on its trademarks for the Nunchuk name and packaging and copies its patented designs. Isn’t that what third-party controllers have always done?
Bloomberg reports that Nintendo’s federal court complaint, filed on June 10 in Seattle, states that the Nyko product “wholly appropriates the novel shape, design, overall appearance and even the color and materials used in the Nintendo Nunchuk controller.” Once again, I’m lead to ask isn’t this what third party controllers have always done? Seems to me this is kind of ridiculous and that the only real reason for it would be that Nintendo is planning on releasing their own wireless Nunchuk and doesn’t want Nyko cutting into the market with this one first. There are plenty of wired third-party Wii remote and Nunchuk combinations that look almost exactly like their first party counter part but there doesn’t seem to be to much of a stink about them. Why have a problem with Nyko all of a sudden unless it is about sales?
Nyko responded by stating, “We have not knowingly violated anyone’s intellectual property and we’re still examining this.”