December 2, 2023

Nintendo has been struggling to maintain a lid on all of the Swap 2 leaks and rumors in latest weeks. Ever because the firm reportedly confirmed a brand new console to builders behind closed doorways at Gamescom in August, new particulars concerning the Swap 2 have been popping up on-line almost each week. Some leaks are extra plausible than others, however the newest is an precise patent submitting from Nintendo that exhibits off a novel dual-screen, removable gadget (by way of Recreation Rant).

In keeping with the patent, which was filed in November 2022 and printed on October twenty sixth, the equipment in query contains two separate gadgets that “may be detachably connected to one another.” When connected, the console appears much like a Nintendo 3DS, with two screens separated by a central hinge. Not like the 3DS, the unnamed gadget additionally has a 3rd show on the surface of the highest shell, so the gadget may be operated whereas closed.

One other key distinction is that when this “digital equipment” is indifferent, two gamers can take every half to play with each other, as the 2 gadgets can talk wirelessly.

Drawing from Nintendo patent of a dual-screen, removable gadget. Picture supply: Nintendo/WIPO

As fascinating as this idea is, it’s powerful to see the place it would slot in Nintendo’s console lineup. The Swap has been an infinite success due largely to its hybrid nature. Swap house owners can seize the console out of the dock to play on the go or slot it again in to play on a tv at any time. In the meantime, this gadget appears to be a devoted handheld, extra just like the Recreation Boy, DS, and 3DS. However why would Nintendo return to handhelds after the Swap?

One potential rationalization is that Nintendo has an enormous library of DS and 3DS video games which can be all however unplayable on any gadget with two shows. This patent is likely to be an attachment that may flip the Swap or the Swap 2 into an outsized 3DS. It may also be a separate, standalone console able to taking part in the complete DS and 3DS library.

And there’s an opportunity that no matter that is, it by no means sees the sunshine of day in any respect.

Regardless of the case, it’s fascinating to get this peek behind the scenes at Nintendo’s {hardware} plans. It could be a disgrace if hundreds of DS and 3DS titles had been misplaced to time just because there aren’t any trendy consoles that may really play the video games.