Nintendo’s next big Switch innovation is a rubber ring with a Joy-Con stuck in it

More to be revealed next week.

Virtual Boy! The Wii Remote! Some cardboard and a couple of rubber bands! Nintendo’s no stranger to leftfield innovation, and its latest grasp for disruptive gaming technology is – wait for it – a wobbly ring thing with a Joy-Con wedged into the top.

Yes, as if Deadly Premonition 2 wasn’t enough of a surprise for one week, Nintendo has flabbergasted afresh with the unveiling of – or at least a tease of the unveiling of – well, actually, I have no idea. But it’s definitely round, and there’s definitely a Joy-Con stuck in it.

According to Nintendo, the curious device is a “new experience” designed for Switch, and its reveal video shows a succession of happy families in pristine clothing wafting one around the living room in a variety of not-entirely-enticing ways.

One woman clutches it while running on the spot, someone squats aggressively while the device trembles in their grasp, another lady clenches it mirthfully between her knees, and a gentleman pumps it vigorously and rhythmically, legs akimbo, while rolling around the floor.

I really don’t know what else to say. It looks like some sort of gyroscope-enabled gizmo connected to a kind of Wii Fit/Wii Sports party game hybrid – but with little else to go on, it’s probably safest just to wait it out until Nintendo is ready to say more. And a full reveal, judging by the end of today’s video, is due next Thursday, 12th September.

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