New Nintendo Patent Surfaces; No Optical Disc Drive


A new patent for a Nintendo platform was published recently. Thanks to NeoGAF, we get to see some of the information and pictures about it. I’ll be honest, the technical talk is well beyond my comprehension but there’s some interesting bits in there, such as no optical drive being included and the fact that they describe getting games digitally in the patent.

NeoGAF user Rösti was the one to post the information. Here’s some of what he said about it:

On February 10, 2015, Nintendo Co., Ltd, filed in the United States a patent application for a “Stationary Game Apparatus, Game Apparatus, Game System, Recording Medium and Speed Control Method”. It was published yesterday, on August 20, 2015, and is based upon and claims the benefit of priority of the prior Japanese Patent Application filed on February 20, 2014. The title of the patent in itself sounds of course not very interesting, but the description and claims are quite peculiar. Additionally it describes a controller with a display screen as well as Speed Control Processing.

Nintendo_Patent_2015_ControllerThere’s no word on if this patent is Wii U or NX related. Either way though, we do know that there’s a screen in the controller, the there’s no optical drive, and they’ll be introducing something called speed processing – something I’ve never heard of, I don’t fully understand, and I wouldn’t dare to try and explain.

Furthermore, in Nintendo’s own description in the patent, they describe the system as something you’ll download games with. This is how they describe it:

In recent years, high-speed communication such as ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) or optical communication has widely been spread. Such high-speed communication is utilized to allow a server apparatus or the like to distribute a game program to a game apparatus. When a game program is obtained through communication, a user can enjoy playing a game using a game apparatus without purchasing a recording medium such as an optical disk.

Again, we have no idea what this is. It’s a patent but there’s nothing official on it. We don’t know if this is the NX, if this is Wii U related, or if this is something different entirely. Either way, if you’re interested in learning more, feel free to go check it out here.

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