Possible details on the upcoming Pokémon game for Nintendo Switch might have been revealed through a patent application filed by Nintendo and Game Freak. If the patent is connected to the long-awaited game, players could see new physical card-like collectibles that interact with the Switch.
The patent application in question was recently made public by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The patent focuses on a “display device” that can interact with a “game apparatus” to illustrate a character on the display device. One of the patent application’s images, which you can see below, shows an example of the character, with a background layer that will change “according to an attitude of the game apparatus.”
It’s unclear what precisely the display device technology will be, but it seems to have the ability to change the color and design of an image on the device. It’s possible that these devices will be able to interact with the Switch through the Joy-Con’s IR camera or motion controls. The application also refers to the “luxurious” character images as something akin to “a hologram card,” which are special cards currently available in the Pokémon trading card game. The display device could be similar in size to a card and be a collectible item for players to use with their Switch games.
With that said, while Pokémon is never referenced in the application, there are more hints that suggest the patent’s concept is tied to the series. For one, the image of the previously mentioned character looks almost identical to the Generation VII games’ Pokédex entries. For a comparison, check out the Pokémon Sun and Moon Pokédex entry for Mimikyu below to see the similar background design used in the patent’s image.
Also, in the written portion of the application, the mechanics of the display device and game apparatus sound similar to how mainline Pokémon games operate. One section describes the ability to “capture (collect) the character of the wild monster” and use it to fight enemies. Later, in the same section, it’s stated a player can “train (raise) the fellow character and raise its level.” Raising a character’s level will change its stats, which sounds similar to how trainers have always been able to level up a Pokémon.
Again, despite the possible evidence that could tie the patent to the upcoming Pokémon Switch game, this could all have nothing to do with it. Game Freak and Nintendo could have other plans for this mysterious card-style device outside of the Pokémon franchise.
There are still many questions surrounding the next mainline Pokémon game, but possible leaks similar to the recent patent application have surfaced. Fans recently discovered a blurb in a previous issue of Spain’s official Nintendo magazine that referenced the Switch Pokémon game featuring the eighth generation. Also, a strange trademark for “Ultra Shiny” was registered by Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures Inc., but much like the recent patent application, it could be connected to something outside of the Switch game.
Source: Nintendo Life