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Nintendo Has Filed a Patent For This Strange Hinged Joy-Con

Nintendo has filed a patent in Japan for a new type of hinged Joy-Con, though its uses remain unclear.

As reported by Polygon, the application from Japan’s official patent database contains illustrations showing the top half of both the left and right Joy-Cons folding down – even when attached to the Switch.

However, the patent doesn’t give any hints on why Nintendo is experimenting with a new design two years after the Nintendo Switch launched. Some on Reddit have theorised the new shape is crafted to make the controllers more comfortable, with one commenter suggesting, “it looks like the joycon itself is permanently bent for ergonomics, but the rail is hinged so it can still be slid onto the console without ruining the shape of the controller when detached.”

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