UPDATE 23/9/21: A last-minute update to the FCC filing for a new Nintendo Switch peripheral has today pushed back the reveal of its photos and documentation until 31st October. As reported yesterday, the previous date for was this Friday, 24th September.
What does this all mean? Simply that whatever Nintendo does or doesn't choose to include in tonight's Nintendo Direct, the FCC will now not make this filing public for another five weeks.
Short-term confidentiality of @Nintendo's BKEHAC043 FCC filing now ending October 31, 2021 (previously September 24, 2021). Thanks to @JCFElNino for the heads-up. https://t.co/HqC5wMs4PR #Nintendo pic.twitter.com/dNbCOk9Ayf— Rösti@ResetEra (@RostiResetEra) September 23, 2021
UPDATE 22/9/21: Eagle-eyed fans have spotted an update to last week's FCC filing which details a mysterious new Nintendo Switch peripheral.
The listing has now been updated so that its confidential parts will become publicly viewable as of this Friday, 24th September - which, you probably don't need me to note, is the day after the now-confirmed Nintendo Direct due to take place at 11pm UK time tomorrow night.
All eyes are on Nintendo then to officially confirm the new controller, with fan speculation leaning heavily to it being connected with the console's Nintendo Switch Online back catalogue. Earlier this month, Eurogamer corroborated reports that both Game Boy and Game Boy Color games would be added to the service in the future - but also that other platforms were on the way as well.
ORIGINAL STORY 16/9/21: Nintendo has filed a new FCC application to launch a new type of controller for Nintendo Switch.
Details are scarce, as the rest of the listing is being deliberately obscured until Nintendo officially announces the product, or for up to 180 days (which would take us to March next year).
The Nintendo Switch and its peripherals all share the "HAC" prefix, with the Switch console being "HAC-001". The console's dock is "HAC-007", while its Pro Controller is "HAC-013".
More recent additions include the Ring-Con controller (HAC-022) and the SNES controller for use with Nintendo Switch Online (HAC-042). What could HAC-043 be?
Last week, Eurogamer corroborated reports that other console back catalogues would be added to the Switch Online catalogue in the future, including Game Boy and Game Boy Color. Eurogamer is also aware of other platforms destined for the service - although the identities of these have yet to be widely-spilled.
With the FCC only needing to keep this listing secret for a limited period of time, it may not be long until we hear more.