The Justice Department is seeking a temporary restraining order blocking the sale of the Nintendo Switch, according to court documents filed Thursday.
The Department of Justice on Tuesday filed a motion to stay the sale until Jan. 15, which means Walmart, Microsoft, and Amazon will continue to sell the console through the end of March, according a notice from the court.
The order would allow the government to continue to enforce the restraining order and continue to hold companies liable for its enforcement.
The motion was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
It seeks a temporary injunction preventing retailers from selling the Switch through the date the court finds Walmart, Amazon, and other retailers comply with the restraining orders.
Walmart announced earlier this month that it would stop selling the console, and it is currently not selling the system through its website.
Microsoft is also selling the device through its store.
The Department of Homeland Security has been monitoring Nintendo Switch shipments, according the Department of Commerce.
The DOJ complaint cites numerous violations of the federal restraining orders and consumer protection statutes.
The DOJ says that Walmart, which sells the console and uses the Nintendo brand, has engaged in “a widespread practice of unlawfully restricting the ability of retailers to sell a wide variety of consumer electronics products.”
The department alleges that Walmart and other retailer violated the restraining Order by refusing to allow consumers to purchase a Nintendo Switch system or system bundles and by charging the system’s retail price “in excess of” the cost of the console.
In addition, the department says Walmart “continues to conduct and enforce an unlawful, deceptive, and unfair business practice that prevents consumers from purchasing consumer electronics that the retailer sells.”
The DOJ also claims that the companies “violated the restraining Orders by unlawfully restricting retailing opportunities for consumers to obtain a Nintendo system and Nintendo system bundles” and by “unlawfully excluding consumers from buying consumer electronics from retailers that sell a broad variety of product options.”
A Walmart spokesperson told Ars that the company “remains committed to working with the government and to protecting consumers’ rights to buy consumer electronics, including the Nintendo console.”