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Nintendo Employee Files Patent For Clip-On Controllers Similar To NX Rumors

Nintendo is remaining mum for now on what we can expect from the NX. However, multiple hints have emerged that the console is a hybrid portable device that uses cartridges and will connect to televisions.

The latest bit of information supporting that theory, is a patent filing that shows controller add-ons for a portable device. What’s curious is that these peripherals wouldn’t work through electrical signals. Rather they would use infrared to detect button presses.

The camera in the portable housing would be able to sense default and depressed positions for the buttons. Each of the surface buttons would be connected to a piece that has a bit that can be detected by the infrared camera. Different positions sensed by the camera would then be translated into inputs similar to how standard, circuit-based controllers work now.

Fumihiko Inoue, one of the inventors and the person that submitted the patent, is part of Nintendo’s Development Engineering Department. The document was filed in January and published today.

Other patents have also come to light. These appear to be for a similar portable device that includes gesture tracking via the same side-facing infrared camera that would support gamepad add-ons.

We’ve reached out to Nintendo for any comment on these patents. We’ll update should we receive a response. 

Nintendo’s next console, being developed under the name “NX”, is due out in 2017.

[Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office via NeoGAF]


Our Take
It’s important to note that patent drawings often do not resemble the final product. It also bears mentioning that patents do not always have a direct correlation with products in development. There is no guarantee Nintendo will make use of this for the NX or any other future project.

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Rumor: Controller Pictures Matching Nintendo Patent Appear Online

Nintendo hasn’t said anything about its next console, the NX, other than its code name and that we’ll get more information this year. However, images similar to a rough patent sketch have appeared online leaving people wondering.

The images posted to Reddit resemble the shape and display seen in a Nintendo patent uncovered in December 2015. That patent, while assumed to be for the NX, wasn't clearly labeled as such. The images above and below were posted by a user going by the name of “Perkele37.”

He or she says that this is a dev-kit. There are no face buttons, only the upper parts of the sticks move (similar to the 3DS circle pad), and there are rollers similar to mouse scroll wheels near the top. Perkele37 also suggests that there is some form of gentle haptic feedback and a 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom. 

We have no way of assessing the veracity of these claims, nor do we know if the images are authentic. However, given the similarity to patent images and Nikkei’s report yesterday that Nintendo is winding down Wii U production, NX is on gamers’ minds.

[Source: Reddit]


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As console launches approach, get ready for a flood of rumors and supposed hardware images. Only time will tell if these are faked to resemble the patent or if design simply hasn’t strayed from the drawing. – The Feed

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Is This New Nintendo Patent For The NX Controller?

A June patent published today by Nintendo with the United States Patent and Trademark Office features a controller dominated by a touchscreen.

A NeoGAF user spotted the patent on and Destructoid uncovered the filing with the USPTO.

The patent's wordy abstract (text below) describes a controller with a display panel/touch panel, buttons, and two sticks. It's partially obscured in the shot above, but the controller has handles on either side to grip the unit like a typical controller.

A non-limiting example information processing apparatus comprises a housing, and a first portion of the housing is formed in an elliptical form when viewing from the front. A display panel and a touch panel constitute one main surface of the first portion. Holes are formed in left and right end portions of the display panel and the touch panel, and two operation sticks are provided through the two holes. When viewing the first portion from the front, an area except key tops of the operation sticks becomes a display area. 

While the picture and text clearly demonstrates a controller, whether it's for the NX, something else, or used at all by Nintendo remains to be seen.

[Source: USPTO via DestructoidNeoGAF]


Our Take
Patents should always be taken with a grain of salt, but there have been previous Nintendo patents with a display screen, and it's well within the realm of possibility. – The Feed