Nintendo's next big Switch innovation is a rubber ring with a Joy-Con stuck in it

More to be revealed next week.

Virtual Boy! The Wii Remote! Some cardboard and a couple of rubber bands! Nintendo’s no stranger to leftfield innovation, and it’s latest grasp for disruptive gaming technology is – wait for it – a wobbly ring thing with a Joy-on wedged into the top.

Yes, as if Deadly Premonition 2 wasn’t enough of a surprise for one week, Nintendo has flabbergasted once more with the unveiling of – or at least a tease of the unveiling of – well, actually, I have no idea. But it’s definitely round, and there’s definitely a Joy-Con stuck in it.

According to Nintendo, the curious device is a “new experience” designed for Switch, and it’s reveal video shows a succession of happy families in pristine clothing wafting one around the living rooms in a variety of ways. One lady clutches it while running on the spot, someone else squats aggressively while the device trembles in their grasp, another lady clenches it between her knees, and a gentlemen pumps it vigorously and rhythmically while his fringe attempts to make a break from his forehead.

I really don’t know what else to say. It looks like some sort of gyroscope-enabled gizmo connected to a kind of Wii Fit/Wii Sports party game hybrid – but with little else to go on, it’s probably safest just to wait it out until Nintendo is ready to say more. And a full reveal, judging by the end of today’s video, is due next week, on 12th September.


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