July 13, 2024

A patent for a brand new Nintendo controller, revealed by the US Patent Workplace on September 7, signifies the Tremendous Mario developer is at the very least contemplating learn how to completely shake its Pleasure-Con drift subject. Pleasure-Con drift, a phenomenon wherein your Change responds to phantom Pleasure-Con motion, has pissed off Change homeowners because the console’s 2017 debut, triggering class motion lawsuits, and begetting an official apology from Nintendo, which outsourced some drift repairs to a consistently overwhelmed restore store in Syracuse. However by means of all of this Pleasure-Con distress, Nintendo has failed to include a everlasting repair till, perhaps, now.

In response to the controller patent, which was first filed on Might 11, it proposes “a resistance part utilizing a magnetorheological fluid whose viscosity modifications with a magnetic-field depth and which turns into resistance when the operation ingredient is displaced.”

A screenshot from Nintendo's patent shows a square-shaped controller.

Screenshot: Nintendo / Kotaku

“I hope this implies we’re getting Pleasure-Cons that use magnetism to not drift, as a change like that’s lengthy overdue,” video games author and accessibility advocate Laura Kate Dale informed me over Twitter DM. Nonetheless, some suppose the patent might as a substitute trace at Nintendo introducing “drive suggestions analogue sticks just like the resistive triggers on PS5” to a future console, Dale says. If that’s the case, “my most important hope is that they are often switched off on a system degree for disabled gamers,” she continues.

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Nintendo’s patent can be kicking up extra rumors in regards to the much-asked-for Nintendo Change 2, which seems to be scheduled for a 2024 launch, although some builders reportedly acquired hands-on time with the gadget earlier this summer season. Kotaku reached out to Nintendo for remark.

“There are lots of rumors doing the rounds that the Change 2 goes to principally be a Change, however with extra energy beneath the hood, and a reliance on DLSS-style upscaling to enhance framerates and backbone,” Dale, who leaked Change information in 2016, informed me. “As a disabled gamer, I’d like to see a hypothetical Change 2 make an effort to be extra accessible” by including some options that “at the moment are customary on PS5 and Xbox Sequence consoles, corresponding to system-level colorblindness filters and accessibility tags on the digital retailer.” Out with the Pleasure-Con drift, in with the extra accessible gaming future.