Nintendo Filed a Patent For an Odd Touch Pen Joy-Con Attachment

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Nintendo Filed a Patent For an Odd Touch Pen Joy-Con Attachment
Credit: Nintendo

Does Nintendo have something cool up its sleeve? According to some recently-published patents, it does.

A new patent in the US Patent Office showed up recently, despite being filed on June 4 last year. It looks to be a touch pen attachment for the Switch’s Joy-Con, which would eliminate the need for an outside stylus.

The contraption looks like a Joy-Con strap that attaches to the top of each Joy-Con, but the end looks like it has a touch-pen area. You’d use it not with the console docked, but in Handheld mode instead with the Joy-Cons attached, presumably in tandem with the touchscreen options for the game you’re playing as well as regular buttons.

Nintendo Filed a Patent For an Odd Touch Pen Joy-Con Attachment
Credit: Nintendo

Another of the images in the patent shows that when the touch-pen is passed to the screen, it can potentially make the Joy-Con rumble depending on on-screen feedback. It’s also shown participating in a drawing game where you can use the attachment the same way you would a typical stylus.

While Nintendo already has styluses for sale for games like Super Mario Maker 2 and Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training, it would certainly be interesting if there was something you could simply attach to the Joy-Cons.

Perhaps we’ll hear more about the patent in the future.

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