Nintendo is being forced to pay for a patent infringement involving the Nintendo 3DS handheld system. According to a report by Kotaku on Jan. 5, a judge ordered the console manufacturer and software publisher to reimburse Tomita.
Nintendo was previously ruled to be using a camera technology patented by the aforesaid Tomita without permission. The video game corporation must pay 1.82 percent of the “wholesale price” for every Nintendo 3DS system sold. A standalone version of the handheld system is priced at $169.99 in North America. A slimmed-down iteration, the Nintendo 2DS, has an official price tag of $129.99.
The Nintendo 3DS is coming off a successful year with huge hardware sales due to multiple big software releases. The two biggest video games of last year are “Pokemon X” and “Pokemon Y.” Nintendo released several hardware bundles for the latest installments of the “Pokemon” series. The revenue earn from these products will be cut in future purchases due to the ruling.
“Pokemon X” and “Pokemon Y” were released by Nintendo on Oct. 12 in 2013. The two video games brought the series to 3D for the first time in addition to offering several new and streamlined features. You can take a look at both handled role-playing games in action through the slideshow located to the left side of this article.