Nintendo and Nyko have settled a lawsuit brought by Nintendo concerning its rights to the design of the Wii’s Nunchuk controller. Per the settlement, Nyko will be able to continue selling peripherals for the Nintendo Wii, but its Kama wireless controller will have to be redesigned first.
Needless to say, Nyko is bullish about continuing to develop peripherals for the Wii, which is this generation’s best-selling console.
“We will continue to develop exciting products for the benefit of the gaming community,” said Nyko CEO Herschel Naghi in a statement.
This is just the latest lawsuit stemming from the current generation of consoles. When the PS3 and Xbox 360 were coming to market, the lawsuit du jour had to do with the rumble effects in the PS3 and Xbox 360 controllers. Microsoft settled, enabling the company to keep rumble in its controllers. Sony fought the lawsuit, eventually settling the case, and then devoted considerable resources to including rumble in the new DualShock 3 controller.
The DualShock 3 controller retains the original Sixaxis controller’s motion-sensitive features while incorporating rumble effects.