New Joy-Con patent introduces adjustable hinges

New Joy-Con patent introduces adjustable hinges

The Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con controllers are revolutionary. The way they snap in and out of the system and its accessories opens up tons of possibilities. However, they have their issues. “Joy-Con drift” is a term thrown around a lot nowadays, and some people think they can be a little uncomfortable. But with the power of hinges, Nintendo might be making the Joy-Con a little more joyous to hold going forward.

According to a recent patent filing, Nintendo is toying with the idea of adding hinges to the Joy-Con. These hinges will bend the front part of each controller down a little bit. The end result is a Joy-Con that feels much more like the shape of a regular controller. Additionally, you can bend them backward when they’re snapped into the Switch. You can see Nintendo’s full diagram of the patent below.

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Personally, I think this is a fantastic idea. Giving players the option to change the shape of the Joy-Con will add another layer to the many ways to play Switch. Plus, my hands cramp after just a few minutes of intense gaming on the Joy-Con. The problem isn’t fixed with a Pro Controller either, as the D-pad is too sensitive. So this would be a welcome change for me.

What do you guys think of the new patent? Would you like the ability to morph your controller with hinges? Let us know what you think!


Adam Sherrill
I love all kinds of video games. I personally find the most enjoyment in JRPGs, Visual Novels, and pretty much anything Nintendo makes. I'm always open to discovering new types of games, so I'll be happy to check out anything someone suggests.