Nintendo files $40 Million Dollar lawsuit against Japanese mobile game company "Colopl"

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    Colopl is a Japanese mobile game company that has been running Shiro Neko Project, a pretty successful Action-RPG, since 2014 in Japan. The game was marketed as a true "one-finger RPG", allowing players, as the name suggests, to play the game with one finger. It uses an emulated analogue stick to accomplish tasks such as moving the character, attacking and using skills.

    Nothing unusual, right? Well, it seems Nintendo doesn't think so as it filed a lawsuit against Colopl—three years after Shiro Neko Project's release, and after a year-long negotiations attempt between the companies—for violating five tech patent rights, and is asking for $40,000,000 in damages. One of these patents involve operating a joystick over a touch screen. Details are lacking since the lawsuit is fresh and everything official is in Japanese, but it is speculated Nintendo may be referring to the emulated analogue stick used in Super Mario 64 DS as an optional control method.

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    It's rather strange Nintendo specifically targets Colopl's game since there are A LOT of games that make use of an emulated joystick. It may be Shiro Neko Project uses a technique that too closely resembles the one used in Super Mario 64 DS. As said, details are scarce and there may be more to it. The other four patents Nintendo claims to have been violated are unknown at this time. The document provided by Colopl may contain more information, but it is Japanese. Maybe users who understand Japanese can help? Edit: No new information.

    In any event, Colopl provided a statement claiming those assertions are unfair. Time will tell how this story will develop.

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    Sounds kind of weird, tbh. Kind of like they are lashing out after being sued themselves. :P

    Anyway, even if they are in the right, that's a lot of money just for this. After looking at the video, reminds me of Zelda Hourglass too, but still doesn't look like much to patent over.
     
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    The pdf document doesn't say which - other- patents have been violated
     

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    Looks like a google translation. But yeah, it’s clear now that the document doesn’t reveal anything new.
     
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    Just Nintendo using their power as a big company to bully smaller companies now that they entered the mobile market just as they're doing with YouTube and so on.
     
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    Sounds bullshit. Besides, the control scheme sucks.
     
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    I used this to translate it: https://www.onlinedoctranslator.com/translationform
    It uses google translate to translate documents
     
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    Looks like they're just trying to make money after their recent loss to iLife Technologies.
     
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    That's bullshit i hope they loose the lawsuit
    idk the game but it is unfair
    So i hope the noise they made make free advertisment for them
     
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    LOL nintendo made a thingy to play with "analog" on mario 64 DS
    that's so weird XD
     
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    animal crossing mobile micro$ sales must be falling :creep:
     
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    fuckin' capitalism. gotta try to suck money out of smaller companies because you're not rich enough.
     
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    I hope Nintendo loses and gets embarrassed in court. But I have no idea. I think it's stupid that you can have such a patent to begin with. Lost some respect for Nintendo with this news.
     
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    Where was Nintendo when chrono trigger was ported to iOS? Unlike this company, square enix actually has 40 million to lose.
     
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    Sorry Nintendo but you don't own on screen buttons. Should any company who made a touch screen device that used a stylus be suing Nintendo? Should tablet manufacturers be suing Nintendo? The answer is clearly no. This is just Nintendo being greedy. If Nintendo wins this thing I hope another company sues them over something to teach them a lesson. Or that this company sues and wins.
    Square Enix probably owns the IP. Nintendo probably only holds the copyright for the SNES version.
     
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    For me it is same as apple lawsuits.
     
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    Just Nintendo being a dick.

    As always with these copyright things.
     
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