The patent is for a “plurality of information processing apparatuses that are capable of communicating with each other”
Nintendo has filed a patent for what could be a new system will allow communication between different screens.
First spotted by Digital Trends, the patent is for a game system with “a plurality of information processing apparatuses that are capable of communicating with each other,” meaning information will be able to be shared across different touchscreens in close proximity with one another. The images in the patent show screens at various horizontal and vertical rotations sharing parts of an object – such as a banana – to make a complete object, and real time movement, such as a bowling ball rolling from one screen to knock down pins in another.
The images suggest the number of screens can be daisy-chained, and can even be physically separated while retaining their positional data.
Though this patent could lead to nothing, it’s still exciting to think of the possibilities such a system could introduce to co-op play. Nintendo has already begun to experiment with Switch multi-screen communication in its Toy-Con Garage software for Nintendo Labo, as seen at 1:25 of the below video.
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Lucy O’Brien is Games & Entertainment Editor at IGN’s Sydney office. Follow her on Twitter.