Nintendo to pay royalties on every 3DS sold following patent dispute

Monday, 6th January 2014 22:05 GMT By Brenna Hillier

An update in the long-running Nintendo vs Tomita Technology 3DS patent dispute has the platform holder shelling out a percentage of sales revenue on every 3DS unit sold.

According to Law360, in December Nintendo was ordered to pay Tomita 1.82% of the wholesale price of every 3DS sold – about $3.

The royalties must be paid for the lifetime of the console, which has already totted up 35 million sales worldwide.

The new royalties come in addition to a $15 million damages payment announced in August 2013, which Nintendo had ferociously battled down from an initial $30.2 million.

Nintendo was found guilty of infringing on Tomita’s patented technology in early 2013 shortly after Tomita first sued, but the case has dragged out; the company first made its allegations in mid-2011.

Thanks, Joystiq.



  1. fearmonkey

    Well thats going to be a bit painful.

    #1 12 months ago
  2. fengato

    Paying out for a function that just induces headaches. Bi-winning.

    #2 12 months ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    I have to worth if this was partly responsible for the decision to create the 2DS.

    #3 12 months ago

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