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Old 09-17-2015, 01:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Nintendo Patents Rotational Shoulder Buttons

OPERATION APPARATUS - Masubuchi, Shoji



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A configuration example is an operation apparatus enabling an operation input by a user for performing predetermined information processing. The operation apparatus includes a direction input operation section and a rotation operation section. The direction input operation section: is provided on a front surface of a housing of the operation apparatus and at such a position that, in a state where the operation apparatus is held with at least one hand of a user, the direction input operation section is allowed to be operated with a thumb of the hand; and is an operation section for direction input. The rotation operation section: is provided on a surface different from the front surface of the housing and at such a position that, in a state where the operation apparatus is held with the hand or the other hand of the user, the rotation operation section is allowed to be operated with an index finger of the hand or the other hand; and is an operation section capable of being rotationally operated.

According to the above configuration example, it is possible to provide a new operation apparatus which can effectively utilize an index finger.

In another configuration example, the rotation operation section may be provided at a position included in two of side surfaces of the housing of the operation apparatus. The rotation operation section may be provided at either one of the side surfaces of the housing of the operation apparatus. The rotation operation section may be provided near a position where two of the side surfaces of the housing of the operation apparatus intersect each other. The rotation operation section may be provided at a shoulder portion of the housing.
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Old 09-17-2015, 05:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Nintendo Patents Rotational Shoulder Buttons

I'm not smart enough for this...
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Old 09-17-2015, 06:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Nintendo Patents Rotational Shoulder Buttons

Clickable wheel instead of normal shoulder triggers.
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Re: Nintendo Patents Rotational Shoulder Buttons

Nintendo really can't let go of their wacky controls, can they.

At least a spinning shoulder bar sounds a bit more practical than a TV screen inside your controller.
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Re: Nintendo Patents Rotational Shoulder Buttons

Would be good for weapon or powerup select, for example.

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Re: Nintendo Patents Rotational Shoulder Buttons

Ah.. So replace the l and r buttons with the big wheel from The Price is Right, and they are clickable. Not too shabby.

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At least a spinning shoulder bar sounds a bit more practical than a TV screen inside your controller.
I find it extremely useful.
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Re: Nintendo Patents Rotational Shoulder Buttons

No, like the clickable wheel on your PC mouse. One on each shoulder.
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No, like the clickable wheel on your PC mouse. One on each shoulder.
That's pretty much what I meant.
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Re: Nintendo Patents Rotational Shoulder Buttons

Another gimmick to necessitate buying yet another version of the DS?
How many does that leave obsolete now - 3 or 4?
In the plus column this will drive the price of the older ones down even more.
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Re: Nintendo Patents Rotational Shoulder Buttons

Seems like more of an NX thing.
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