Nintendo patent hints at force feedback for next handheld

Rumors of a DS successor have been flooding the gaming news sites like a tsunami, from motion-sensing capabilities to developers receiving dev kits for the newest addition to the Nintendo handheld family. With the introduction of a new handheld seemingly more and more inevitable, even patent filings can’t be ignored. Nintendo has filed a patent suggesting that their upcoming DS successor may include force feedback.

The patent details a force feedback system that is made through an interaction between an “apparatus” (e.g., stylus) and an LCD screen. An example is used in the patent where “in a case that the enemy character exists at a depth of a game screen, little damage is applied to the enemy character, and a weak vibration is applied to the game apparatus. Conversely, in a case that the enemy character exists at a front of the game screen, much damage is applied to the character, and a strong vibration is applied to the game apparatus.”

With upcoming major events such as the Game Developers Conference and E3 coming up in the next few months, we’ll soon see if any of the rumors regarding that motion-sensing, rumbling DS successor have any weight to them.

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