It appears Nintendo is working on another controller for the Switch, but details on its peripherals are almost non-existent. The new controller was unveiled in an FCC filing (spotted by VGC) from Nintendo, that’s simply titles “game controller.”
The only real information that can be found in this filing is that the controller will be wireless, and connect to the Switch with Bluetooth. The manual, block diagram, and schematics have been made confidential at the request of Nintendo.
In a letter to the FCC, a representative for the company requested confidentiality for the parts, writing, “The application contains technical information which we deem to be trade secrets and proprietary. If made public, the information might be used to the disadvantage of the applicant in the marketplace.”
However, the filing also show that these documents will be released to the public in exactly six months, so an announcement might be coming in the next year.
It’s unlikely this new controller will replace Nintendo’s Joy-Cons, and instead be another wireless alternative for the problematic Joy-Con controllers. It’s been four years since the Joy-Cons were released, with stick drift still being a major issue to this day. Nintendo’s president Shuntaro Furukawa apologized for the defect last year.