Is The Nintendo Switch Getting A Pen Or Stylus Accessory?

Switch haptics are so good, when you tap a pen on the screen it'll really feel like tapping a pen on the screen.

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During a recent interview with Time, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto made a throw-away statement that may have revealed a yet-unannounced pen or stylus accessory for the Nintendo Switch.

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In response to a question about the Switch's much lauded "HD Rumble" haptic feedback, Miyamoto began describing how it feels to use the device. "What's incredible is that it's not just this monotone vibration, but you can feel the taps. So when you put your pen on the screen, it's not just this dull vibration, you can feel the tap that the tip of the pen makes on the screen."

But does this mean a pen or stylus accessory is coming to the Switch? Will games or other applications be designed to make use of one? It's not clear at this time, but it has led to some speculation. It's definitely possible this is a misconstrual in the "lightly edited" interview, or that Miyamoto was referring to application that might use finger inputs to control a virtual pen or stylus. We have reached out to Nintendo for clarification.

Elsewhere in the interview, Miyamoto reflected on the late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata's involvement in the development of the Switch, saying "the idea of Nintendo Switch being a device you can take out and anywhere, and the idea of it being a system that really allows networking and communicating with people, I think that's something Mr. Iwata put a lot of emphasis on."

On virtual reality, he said "when I see people play virtual reality, it makes me worry, just as for example if a parent were to see their kid playing virtual reality, it would probably make them worry. Another issue and challenge that I think everybody faces is how to create an experience that's both short enough while also fully fleshed out in virtual reality."

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To the assertion that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be more story-driven than its predecessors, Miyamoto said he believed the team had struck a unique balance between the story, and being on an adventure. "It’s not that I don't like story, that I'm denying the importance of story. I think after someone has played a game, it's important that a story lingers in their mind.

Miyamoto believes that it's important for the story of a game like Breath of the Wild to have room within it for each individual player's experience of the game, so that story and experience become one. "I think the story in Breath of the Wild still doesn't break the balance that's been established in previous Zelda games. But we also wanted to make a game where, after someone is done playing, their own experience in that game is what the story is, and I think we've been able to accomplish that with this title."

In other Nintendo Switch news, Rayman Legends creator Michel Ancel said the Switch version of the game would include "several surprises," watch more than 100 minutes of Breath of the Wild, and new details about Switch interconnectivity and mobile app features have been revealed.

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Isariamkia

With the pen, please don't forget to release the pictochat ! I just want to walk around the city in search of someone connected only to send some dick drawings !

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Thanatos2k

Knowing Nintendo, they'll make you buy it for $14.99

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lionheartssj1

A good tablet pen could really persuade me to get a Switch if they make some decent supporting software (that's the key part considering Nintendo's recent track record).

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Philip_Hanan

The Switch.... I'd tap that.

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lionheartssj1

@philip_hanan: Underrated comment.

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amaneuvering

I hope it does because it will be great for drawing/writing in games and apps as well as for a title like Super Mario Maker Switch.

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lrdfancypants

I'm not sure about VR either but I damn sure think it's more applicable and worthwhile to gaming than a vibrating pen.

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mattcake

Well he's moaning at VR because the Switch will never ever be capable of doing it. But hey, forget all that 3D immersion, we have a vibrating pen! Dude. What next? A glove that responds to movement and oh wait nevermind.

And Gamespot, autoplaying videos with sound, with adverts, that have nothing to do with a news article is beyond lame.

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lorddaggeroff

It's getting a boner.

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Mirimon78

It should come with a shovel, to bury it and your shame for having got one....

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gamingdevil800

@Mirimon78: No you should do this then walk away:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzb3oKk8Gvs

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Brettsky128

I don't see the touch screen getting much use. It'll most likely never be required since for some people it'll always be in the dock. Unless they create the ability to use a second switch as a tablet/controller similar to the Wii U (which could open up the possibility of Wii U ports, but that's getting expensive).

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hystavito

@Brettsky128: Good point about it not being required, yeah you cannot force a requirement when it's not gonna be available at all times. I think that same issue hurt some WiiU games because they were obsessed with pushing the gamepad as an alternate screen (to play fully on it instead of the TV) rather than as a secondary required screen. Initially when I saw what ZombiU did with it, such as having to perform a task and keep looking up at the TV because zombies are slowly approaching, it was realistic and I wondered what other games like that would come. Even though ZombiU wasn't great overall the basic concept could have really set some WiiU games apart, but then they couldn't offer it because they wanted to push the games as fully playable on the gamepad.

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iandizion713

Stylus wont work on Switch.

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KahnArtizt

@iandizion713: why? They have styluses that will worn on anything. What's special about the Switch?

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iandizion713

@KahnArtizt: Not sure, but you need the pens like tablets and phones use. Its a different type screen.

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@iandizion713:

The Switch uses a capacitive touch screen. There are styluses for capacitive touch screens. They use a conductive rubber tip over a plastic tip that you'd expect on a resistive touch screen (DS/3DS/Wii U).

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silversix_

Yes, for $19.99. Please buy.