A new Nintendo NX patent that was recently leaked onto the internet put forward the possibility that the console will have detachable controllers that people can alter through interchangeable buttons. This is similar to a previous image from a Nintendo patent that also featured an attachable button layout that could be removed or tackled on at will.
There’s been a lot of buzz about the Nintendo NX, ranging from its release date to its games to what all it’s capable of. Everything from the possibility of porting Triple-A games from other consoles to going back to cartridges to having detachable controllers that you can use like the Wii U gamepad have gone across the internet.
Nintendo has confirmed none of these rumors, and didn’t even show the console at E3, instead contenting itself with dedicating its entire segment to a presentation of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
In the new Nintendo NX patent, the controller for the NX appears to be a small tablet with a screen in the center. Around it are numerous buttons, which include a thumbstick, and a directional pad that can also be replaced with an ABXY button setup.
There’s no guarantee that what’s on the new Nintendo NX patent will actually be a part of the console itself; patents are often just something that’s done in order to grab any sort of permutation that can be done by the company. Whether or not the Nintendo NX controller will even look that way is something that we won’t know until Nintendo actually says something.
Either way, the new Nintendo NX patent does bring in a few new things for people to get excited over. The NX is supposed to be coming out sometime in early 2017, but in the meantime we’ll have to stick with the Wii U and just wait for any new information.