A newly published patent has been discovered which shows a 'Touch Pen Attachment' for the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con.
As spotted by Siliconera, the patent reveals what essentially appears to be a new design for the already existing Joy-Con strap, this time with an added stylus-like nib sticking out of the top. As you can see, the rest of the Joy-Con strap looks identical to those already available for the system and would have the ability to slide onto the Joy-Con itself as usual.
The patent goes on to reveal some potential uses for such a device, and this is where things get really interesting. Examples include an idea where the Joy-Con would be able to use HD Rumble to vibrate in response to certain portions of the screen being touched, and another which shows how the controller's buttons can be used at the same time to affect the function of the stylus itself.
Interestingly, this would suggest that you'd be able to use both the touchscreen and input buttons at the same time with the same hand - something not yet possible with the console.
The patent was first published on 16th January 2020 but was filed back in June of last year, so Nintendo had this idea in mind before the release of the recent standalone stylus. It's worth pointing out that a patent is just that, however; while it would be cool to see this product hit the market one day, it's not guaranteed and it may well never be seen or spoken of again. Time will tell.
Can you see Nintendo releasing this one day? Excited by the possibilities it could bring to Switch? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.
[source pdfaiw.uspto.gov, via siliconera.com, nintendoeverything.com]
Nintendo HDS confirmed.
Switch + 3DS gameplay.
Instead of tossing new ideas... how about fixing old ones? I don’t know Nintendo..... joycon drift sounds familiar?
Like a virtual mouse or a Wii Remote.
@TheWingedAvenger : Tabletop mode, easily one of the best features of the console, has obviously flown over your head. I don't want to carry around a separate pair of Joy-Con to achieve the same ends.
@TheWingedAvenger Umm, what? The detachable nature of the Joy-Con is great and makes the system away more versatile. Means you can use tabletop mode without carrying extra controllers everywhere, can use the Switch in TATE mode (which is amazing for some games), can use the Switch's touch screen without controllers in the way, can change up the look of your system, can replace faulty controllers without needing to get the whole system repaired. On the flip side there'd be no benefit in removing the detachable nature of them.
@TheWingedAvenger multiplayer functionality? Point and shoot? If metroid doesn't come with a wii like option for controls I'll explode
Maybe a port of kirby and the paintbrush curse
Art Academy for Nintendo Switch confirmed
@megakasp Excuse me but I came here to post that. Would you mind deleting your post so that I can be first?
This is actually for a new MTV show called Pimp My Switch. I was a contestant on this show, and I told them I'm a big fan of cheese, so they added a cheese grater attachment to my Switch. This contestant probably just really hated Steve Jobs and wanted a touch pen just to spite him.
The New: Super Nintendo DS Ultimate Gamecube SwitchPro 64. Now you play with power hahah lol.
Wish I had any clue what the winged avenger said but surely it wasn't pro Nintendo as his comment was banished from existence.
@gcunit You might still be able to be the first to patent it...
Nintendo, you are so genius. I want one of these for Mario Maker.
@fafonio i get its a hot topic to bring up and i agree they should fix it, but im sure they have separate teams to think of joycon ideas and the another to actually build and make sure they function lol
@megakasp my thought too.
no longer will i have to use a twisty tie to bind my stylus to my joy con
This would make a great FM radio add on. I see the antennae and the tuner. The dial could be displayed on the Switch or vibrate when you tune in favorites. Lets take it a step further and make it a streaming add on for Spotify etc and the nub is the wireless module.
Rubber tip for use with a capacitive touch screen? With no pressure sensitivity?
Count me out.
Looks like a 50p stylus that Nintendo will charge £10+ for. You have to remember all the rumble tech is inside the JoyCon.
Okay, now give us Kid Icarus Uprising on switch.
I have a feeling it's for removing ear wax, and with another added attachment, for trimming nose hair.
@fafonio buy new controllers if it's such a problem and you don't want to send them into Nintendo to be fixed.
That looks interesting but also a bit awkward.
@Dirty0814 why should I buy new controllers? In all the history I’ve had with Nintendo since the NES, I’ve never had to buy a new Nintendo controller because of the poor quality of the joysticks.
Not even the N64, even after playing Mario Party and that is saying something.
If we get this, I would LOVE a new Art Academy game with realistic Paintbrush HD Rumble.
@yuwarite Patent images never show the exact image of the product so companies can fulfill their requirements to make patents public and still surprise when they unveil it once it's finished (I.e., check early patents of the Switch). I imagine the final will have a bit more originality and polish.
Interesting idea. I basically never touch my touch screen because I hate seeing finger prints all over the screen. I only use a touch screen phone because 99.99999% of all smartphones are touch screen only for some God-forsaken reason.
and people called the 3d a gimmick and are getting excited about this? Pft.
So this confirms Paper Mario Color Splash is being ported then.
I can think of at least one Wii U game that would make use of this. It's a curse we haven't gotten it ported already.
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