Nintendo Files Patent for Multi-Use Switch Pen Accessory

The new Switch pen accessory would do a whole lot more than just act like a stylus — if it ever comes to market, that is.

Nintendo recently filed a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a nifty new touch pen Switch accessory. It does quite a bit more than your average stylus, but whether we'll actually see it on our consoles is another matter.

The touch pen would be an attachment used in tabletop or docked mode. It reportedly slides onto the Joy-Con rails in the spot where the wrist strap usually goes when the controllers are detached from the system. That means Switch Lite-only users would have to buy an extra pair of Joy-Con to use the pen.

From there, the accessory would do a number of things.

There's planned haptic feedback, where the pen vibrates when it comes into contact with digital objects. There are also multiple levels of interaction it would be capable of. Performing an action, such as drawing a line,  is accomplished by pointing the pen at the screen and drawing a line. Hold down the "X" button, though, and the line gets heavier and thicker.

Whether this is all the pen attachment would be capable of isn't clear, and it's also not certain it will ever make it into production. Patents are frequently filed and re-filed for products that might remain in the planning phase, though some do often point to new products just over the horizon.

You can see the full patent filing here. While we can think of a number of ways such a pen attachment might be useful in games like Super Mario Maker 2, we'll just have to wait and see how it pans out. Be sure to stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Nintendo Switch news as it's drawn up.


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Platforms Nintendo Switch
Published Jan. 21st 2020

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