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.
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.