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New Nintendo Switch Controller Possibly Leaked


NeoGAFs Kent Brockman

A new Nintendo Switch controller may have just leaked, or possibly the controller for the rumored Nintendo Switch 2. The leak comes straight from Nintendo itself, courtesy of a patent for a new controller that very much looks like a prototype controller, but not necessarily for the Nintendo Switch as it shares a minimal resemblance to the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con. In other words, if something does come from this patent, it will likely be for a Switch successor or another piece of hardware entirely. Unfortunately, a description of the patent offers minimal insight as it's brimming with technical jargon and inconsequential details, like most patents.

"A game controller according to the present disclosure includes: a housing; and an internal structural body accommodated inside of the housing," reads the patent's abstract. "The internal structural body includes at least: an internal frame having an installation surface and a recess adjacent to the installation surface; a battery that is accommodated in the recess of the internal frame and has a first surface that opposes a bottom surface of the recess and a second surface on a side opposite to that of the first surface; and a flexible substrate that is installed on the installation surface of the internal frame and includes a conductive pattern. The flexible substrate is arranged so as to cover at least a portion of the second surface of the battery accommodated in the recess."

If you read the patent, you'll see it was filed back in 2021, but it wasn't published until this year and it's only now surfacing thanks to the Twitter user above.


Looks like an unfinished N64 controller.

Yeah, I saw this on Spawn Wave this morning and he basically said that this patent is probably for the changes they had to make to the Switch version of the N64 controller to accommodate for built-in rumble, wireless use, etc. and Nintendo just opted not to show the irrelevant parts of the controller in the patent sketch (probably in case it leaked early). So: not a new controller, no relationship to Switch 2.
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I don't understand it..

Seems pointless..

Is that recess supposed to give you near infinite battery?

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