This would make sense, as Nintendo previously released NES and SNES controllers for the Switch when games from those systems were added to its Online service. The need to keep the controller’s details private will help ensure any surprises aren’t spoiled, as the N64 controller has a distinct three-pronged design that any gamer would recognize instantly.
The filing (discovered by VGC) is for a “game controller” but most details have been kept private at the request of Nintendo. However, that privacy is only set to last for six months, so we’ll likely know what the controller looks like before long – likely in early 2022. With all the secrecy, though, we believe it could be an N64-style controller to pair with the arrival of N64 games on Nintendo Switch Online.
We’ll have to wait for Nintendo to release official details to find out what’s really going on, but there’s a chance we’ll know more by the end of the month. Nintendo normally hosts a September Nintendo Direct, so we’re optimistic that it will keep up with tradition to bring us new announcements soon.
We reached out to a Nintendo representative but they declined to comment – in line with Nintendo’s usual stance on rumor and speculation.