Nintendo Patent Surfaces Depicting Rotatable Shoulder Buttons

The road to new and conceptual gaming hardware is full of patented ideas. A newly-surfaced patent from Nintendo introduces another wrinkle in the upcoming NX’s puzzle, portraying a handheld device with rotatable, clickable shoulder buttons. The device in question looks similar to the Wii U GamePad whose shoulder buttons can be clicked and rotated not unlike a track ball or a computer mouse. Also notable is that the aparatus has Circle Pads rather than analog sticks.

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The abstract, filed in February and newly surface today, reads:

An example operation apparatus includes: a direction input operation section provided on a front surface of a housing of the operation apparatus and at such a position that, in a state where the operation apparatus is held with at least one hand of a user, the direction input operation section is allowed to be operated with a thumb of the hand; and a rotation operation section which is provided on a surface different from the front surface of the housing and at such a position that, in a state where the operation apparatus is held with the hand or the other hand of the user, the rotation operation section is allowed to be operated with an index finger of the hand or the other hand and which is an operation section capable of being rotationally operated.

This unique controller’s invention is credited to Shoji Masubuchi. The patent does not confirm if the technology is being used for a console controller or a handheld device. And as usual, a patent does not guarantee that an idea will surface in an actual product.

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