Patents are commonplace in the video game industry. But in this field, Nintendo is more discreet than some of its “competitors”. However, a patent was recently discovered on the Japanese firm’s side about a controller with a very intriguing shape…
A controller that doesn’t look like the Joy-Con or the Controller Pro of the Nintendo Switch.
A few days ago, an Internet user on Twitter, by the name of SillyTweet5, noticed that Nintendo had quietly posted a controller patent. This one was filed by the Japanese giant in July 2021, but was only published last January. In short, this patent mentions a battery, suggesting that it would be a wireless controller, as well as a flexible support installed on the upper part of the controller.
WTF! I just found this patent made by Nintendo in January. Switch Pro Controller!? pic.twitter.com/jTV3fav0bY— SillyTweet5 🏴🇺🇦 (@SillyTweet5) March 14, 2022
If it is not without reminding the famous controller of the Nintendo 64, the design of this controller patented by Nintendo may also remind the form factor of the Game Boy Advance. As a reminder, the manufacturer has already released NES, SNES and Nintendo 64 controllers for games accessible via the Nintendo Switch Online subscription. So it could potentially be a controller directly inspired by one of the manufacturer’s old platforms or a new iteration of Controller, not related to the retro games accessible from the online service. And since patents don’t always lead to a finished product, this one might simply never go beyond the stage of a simple concept.
Finally, if new clues have recently hinted at the existence of a new console in the works at Big N, it’s obviously too early to see any connection at the moment.
Source: Nintendo Life