Nintendo Files Patent For Full Touchscreen Controller


A controller patent featuring a rather apparent touchscreen, has been filed by Nintendo. The patent application was filed back in June of this year, but published by the US Patent & Trademark Office yesterday.

The full patent file can be found on free patents online (FPO), and includes a large number of images of the controller. The official Nintendo filed patent can be found here.

Nintendo files patent for NX controller?

The patent doesn’t mention the Nintendo NX name in any way, but since the NX is expected to release somewhere in 2016, the controller patent might well be connected to Nintendo’s upcoming dedicated console.



A non-limiting example information processing apparatus comprises a housing, and a first portion of the housing is formed in an elliptical form when viewing from the front. A display panel and a touch panel constitute one main surface of the first portion. Holes are formed in left and right end portions of the display panel and the touch panel, and two operation sticks are provided through the two holes. When viewing the first portion from the front, an area except key tops of the operation sticks becomes a display area.

Images included with the filed patent can be found below

As posted earlier, Nintendo aims to assemble 20 million Nintendo NX units in 2016. Recent reports however, suggest that the Japanese videogame giant might not be able to reach this target due to assembly complications.

Allegedly, Foxconn has been chosen to be the console’s main manufacturer.

Recently, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, predicated that Nintendo’s upcoming console can sell as many as 30 million units. According Patcher, the Nintendo NX is some sort of ‘convergence’ device. According Pachter, Nintendo’s console has a 60% chance of succeeding.

I would say modest potential that it bombs. I would give them a 60 percent chance of success, I think they are smart people, I think they have learned a lot from what they did wrong with the Wii U. Are they going to get the Wii magic back? Probably not.

What do you think of the patent? Will this be the controller for the NX?