A new FCC application has been discovered. Spotted by Twitter user @SamusHunter2, the new application is labelled as “Nintendo Game controller” and was only published on September 16.
The application contains a few PDF files. While the photos and user manual will be accessible in the future, they’re currently listed as confidential. FFC IDs are required to legally sell a wireless device in the US.
A brand new Game Controller has been registered today by Nintendo
FCC ID BKEHAC043
Right now all the data is lockedhttps://t.co/yO7pWp4ntVpic.twitter.com/YhjMB9IIEY
— Samus Hunter | Nintendo Leak inside (@SamusHunter2) September 16, 2021
What is the New Controller?
The new products FCC ID is “BKEHAC043” which gives us a small hint. The HAC code is used for all Nintendo Switch products so we can assume this is for the Nintendo Switch. The official SNES controller for the Switch uses the HAC-042 code so HAC-043 could be a controller inspired by the N64 or Game Boy. There are rumors about games from both consoles coming to the Switch.
Other potential options is a new Pro Controller to launch alongside the Switch OLED next month or a controller that finally offers a headphone jack. However, an updated Joy-Con with a drifting fix could be a potential option too.
When Will Nintendo Announce It?
The application also comes with confidentially applications including a short-term one. This means that certain parts will become accessible after the expiry date. While the schematics and some other aspects will remain hidden, other parts will go live on the application.
Internal and External Photos along with the User Manual are under a short-term confidentially agreement so they’re expected to be posted online at a later date. The confidentiality agreements have an expiry date for March 16, 2022. The FCC will no longer be obliged to hide that information can be make it public from that date.
We can assume Nintendo will be announcing the controller before then. If not, we’ll be able to get our first looks at the new Nintendo Switch controller anyway!