Based on the findings at the Japan office, Nintendo has registered patents on a new version of the Poké Ball Plus, possibly linked to Pokémon Sword and Shield.
Some patents emerging in Japan suggest that Nintendo is about to launch a new version of the Poké Ball Plus on the market, perhaps to take advantage of the release of the recent Pokémon Sword and Shield with a dedicated controller/gadget.
The documents relating to the new Poké Ball Plus registered in the Japanese patent office are new, but to tell the truth, it is not clear what this possible new version differs from the Poké Ball Plus already on the market and launched on the occasion of the release of Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee.
The description is limited to talking about a device that “contains and organizes all the components in a spherical controller, which allows various operations using a game controller”.
The features, therefore, seem very similar to those of the Poké Ball Plus already seen, including the small analog stick placed on one side of the sphere in the style of the opening button, to be moved with the thumb holding the Poké Ball in hand.
The project indicates a certain revision of internal components and a new organization within the space offered by the container sphere, so it could be – if this Poké Ball is really destined to arrive on the market – a simple hardware revision with no visible new features, perhaps branded theme with Pokémon Sword and Shield.