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Patent publication gives rise to the idea of a Joy-Con stylus attachment for the Nintendo Switch

Dr Kawashima's Brain Training is one of the few games on the Nintendo Switch that utilises a stylus. (Image source: Nintendo)
Dr Kawashima's Brain Training is one of the few games on the Nintendo Switch that utilises a stylus. (Image source: Nintendo)
While talk of the Nintendo Switch lately has been about a Pro version of the console, Nintendo may have an accessory or two up its sleeve too. A new patent publication demonstrates how the company could bring stylus functionality to the Joy-Cons, but would you buy it?

Nintendo already includes a stylus with games like Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch, but it seems that it has had ideas of integrating styluses for its latest console in other ways. As the images below demonstrate, Nintendo has toyed around with the notion of building a stylus into a Joy-Con controller strap. Filed last July at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which published it on January 16, the patent describes the device as a "Touch Pen Attachment".

While it remains to be seen whether this patent will ever make it to market, a stylus Joy-Con strap would help Nintendo monetise something that it currently includes in the cost of buying Brain Training. The patent describes the stylus as being more complex than the one bundled with Brain Training, though. One image shows the Joy-Con vibrating when the stylus tip touches an on-screen object, which would be rather novel.

Another example is shown of the stylus attachment being used to draw an on-screen line, the thickness of which can be modulated by pressing the X button. The stylus is not removeable though, with it being built into the Joy-Con strap. Could this coincide with the release of a Switch Pro, or a triple-A title? Let us know in the comments what you think.

(Image source: USPTO)
(Image source: USPTO)
(Image source: USPTO)
(Image source: USPTO)
(Image source: USPTO)
(Image source: USPTO)
(Image source: USPTO)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-01-23 (Update: 2020-01-23)
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