Nintendo has recently been attempting to improve its popular Switch console in a few ways. For example, a new, updated model with improved battery life recently released, and the Switch Lite, which is due to come out at the end of the month, will offer a pure handheld experience to those who play their Switch games on the go more often than at home. Now, Nintendo may be about to make another change, this time focusing on the Joy-Con controllers.
This information comes from the official Japanese patent database, where Nintendo has filed a new patent for a re-designed Joy-Con. Admittedly, the new design doesn't look any different from the current iteration, but it does offer one major difference. As can be seen in the images, the new Joy-Con would have a hinge that allows the top part of it to be flexible. This might seem like a somewhat random thing to incorporate, but several fans have pointed out that this could be beneficial to players that have trouble with the standard Joy-Cons, thus make playing Switch titles more accessible.
The patent is in Japanese, and it's currently unknown if there are any other changes that have been implemented. It's also important to note that, while the patent is real, this doesn't necessarily mean Nintendo will make this new Joy-Con. All it means is that Nintendo is looking at potential revisions, though given the aforementioned accessibility this new controller could provide, going through with it seems like a smart idea.
Meanwhile, Nintendo has also started to advertise a new "experience" for Switch involving the Joy-Con's motion control capabilities. It involves some sort of belt that players attach one of the Joy-Cons to, with the other being attached to a leg strap. No gameplay was shown, but it's possible that Nintendo is planning on some follow-up to its Wii Fit titles that encourage exercise.
Most fans, however, have their eyes focused on all the announcements that came from Nintendo's most recent Direct, which confirmed the newest character to be added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Fatal Fury's Terry Bogard, and revealed that more DLC characters will be included beyond the five from the Fighters Pass.
The Nintendo Switch Lite is set to be released on September 20th.