Nintendo is no stranger to making weird, quirky inventions. That’s why this recent patent filing falls right under the already long list of “Huh? What are they doing?”
This recent patent from the Japanese company shows and describes an attachment for the Joy-Con strap that has the tip of it in the form of a stylus to be used on the Switch’s main screen. It also appears to be able to make use of the HD Rumble feature as a form of player interaction with what’s happening on-screen as they use the stylus. There’s even a form of faux pressure sensitivity which is activated by pressing a button (this is used to make thinner and thicker lines, similar to pressing down harder on a pencil or paintbrush).
It remains totally unclear if this patent will ever materialize into an actual accessory. Like other companies, Nintendo files patents all the time, but that’s never an indication that an official release is intended. Companies tend to do this just to protect their ideas, in the event that it is ever turned into a real product.
That being said, Nintendo has already developed an official stylus for the Switch; one with a traditional design, at that. Thus, this idea for a Joy-Con Strap Stylus remains ever so strange.