Nintendo is a company, due to its focus on creativity in recent generations, that registers plenty of patents for potential products. While they may not all become a reality, they give a fascinating insight into current priorities and concepts that are doing the rounds within the big N's Kyoto HQ.
An interesting patent that's just emerged from the US Patent and Trademark Office, though was actually registered in Japan in March 2013, is for what appears to be a standalone Pokémon-themed system. You can see a rough diagram below.
As you can see it only has two face buttons and its own screen, while the application highlights the ability of the device to read NFC figurines and smart cards to input characters, rather like the upcoming amiibo range for Wii U (and eventually 3DS). This wouldn't be the first standalone Pokémon gadget, with this bringing to mind a modern day and far more advanced Pokémon Mini, as one example.
Although the patent shows generic animals, Nintendo, Ambrella (a company with a history in the franchise) and The Pokémon Company are listed on the application. This would also make sense in the context of Nintendo's stated goals of maximising its IP and exploring additional products and platforms if required. We can only imagine how a standalone Pokémon device with collectible figurines and compatible cards could set the market alight.
Would you be excited by a product like this if it were to become a reality? Let us know in the comments below.
Thanks to Benson Uii for the heads up.