Does Nintendo have a patent for 3DS circle pad?

Does Nintendo have a patent for 3DS circle pad?

grey72
Nov 7, 2019
Well not the circle pad per se but completely flat sticks that sit flush with the chassis. I ask because I'm yet to see something like the 3ds' circle pad and IMO it's a pretty good design to not be used by other companies

» 8 Answers

  • smileyhead
    Nov 7, 2019
    Didn't the PSP have one of those?
  • Sophie-bear
    Nov 7, 2019
    The PSP analog nub was similar, yeah. The biggest difference between the two other than size is one is convex (psp) and the other concave (3ds family).
  • grey72
    Nov 7, 2019
    any reason we don't see a similar design elsewhere?
  • smileyhead
    Nov 7, 2019
    My guess is there are not a lot of new portable consoles that would use it, since the Circle Pad is just a more compact version of a joystick and for places where you don't need the joystick to be compact (like on home consoles) they use full-sized ones.
  • Redhorse
    Nov 13, 2019 at 7:27 PM
    Psp go has a good one, IIRC many people changed out their 3DS circle pads with those of the PSP?
  • LiveLatios
    Nov 13, 2019 at 7:29 PM
    @Redhorse people did that to replace the terrible rubber on the c-stick and make it usable
  • Clydefrosch
    Nov 13, 2019 at 8:09 PM
    I wish the switch lite had those.
    and I wish some chinese manufacturer would make joycon-stick replacements in the circlepad style
  • Ryccardo
    Nov 13, 2019 at 8:24 PM
    Not patented in the USA (though the "omni-reach shoulder buttons" are)