Patents are a risky source when it comes to video game product speculation. While they can provide some insight into a developer’s plans, they aren’t always a guarantee something will be made. Instead, patents often act as a relatively simple way for a company to avoid future lawsuit headaches if they ever decide to go through with production. With that in mind, Nintendo’s new patent for a handheld device may never amount to anything tangible, but it could provide some clues as to what the Japanese giant is planning.

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The device, pictured above, brings to mind the prototype Wii U GamePad’s design, with circle pads instead of analogue sticks and a lack of ergonomic grips on the back. It’s the innovative shoulder buttons that set it apart, which are described as rotating and clickable, not unlike a computer mouse wheel. This means the shoulder buttons would have a degree of analog control, something Nintendo has experimented with before when designing the GameCube controller’s triggers.

Of course the question is whether or not this is a first-time look at the upcoming NX hardware or if it is simply Nintendo patenting an idea. It is almost certainly outlining a standalone handheld however, as the device is described as having internal storage and an independent processor, so it’s unlikely it would function as a streaming controller like the Wii U GamePad.

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So, do you think this is a sign of things to come? Or is it simply Nintendo making sure their new shoulder button idea is secure? Let us know in the comments below!


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Written by Tom Brown

Whether it’s an exciting new entry in a series long established or a weird experiment meant only for the dedicated, Tom is eager to report on it. Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.

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