It can be attached to either the left or right Joy-Con controller and features a nib at the top for interacting with the console’s touch screen in handheld mode.
One patent image shows how pressing a button on the Joy-Con controller could alter the thickness of the touch pen’s stroke, while another shows the controller rumbling in response to an on-screen object being touched.
Nintendo’s UK arm recently released a standalone stylus for Switch priced at £6.99, but Nintendo of America has chosen not to sell one and doesn’t recommend using third-party products.
The company previously offered an official Switch stylus as a Super Mario Maker 2 pre-order bonus in some regions, enabling users to sketch courses when playing in handheld mode, while a stylus is also included with the packaged version of Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training.
Nintendo recently chose not to comment on a report claiming it will launch a new Switch model in mid-2020.
Citing sources from the related supply chain, Taiwanese website DigiTimes said the new Switch hardware will enter mass production in the first quarter of this year.