Earlier this year Nintendo announced the NX a platform that we have no clue what it is, only the cryptic knowledge that the platform will be unveiled next year. Given the company's track record the platform could be just about anything but it could also be a repeat of mistakes made and be the death of Nintendo. While Nintendo is hard at work on their idea they are filing patents to keep their ideas as theirs, but what does Nintendo have in mind well the latest patents certainly send the idea of doom and gloom.
One of the big things pulled from this patent is the fact Nintendo is looking at creating a console with no disc drive, something we can only really assume is a digital only platform. I for one find this to be an incredibly dumb idea and will likely spell bad news for Nintendo with a platform that will sell worse then the Wii U and the GameCube. With this idea they would be alienating some of or a good portion of the market.
Other ideas that have been thrown around is the suggestion that Nintendo is going back to cartridges like the Super Nintendo and 64 which I don't think would be a dumb idea, it is just a case of the clutter.
Among other things Nintendo has filed the patent noting things such as a “Stationary Game Apparatus, Game Apparatus, Game System, Recording Medium and Speed Control Method”.
For more information the abstract from the patent can probably help explain a bit more:
An example system includes an internal hard disk drive storing a program and/or data, a communication unit transmitting/receiving a program and/or data via a network, and a processor executing a program stored in the hard disk drive to perform game processing. The example system is not provided with an optical disk drive for reading out a program and/or data from an optical disk.
Nintendo also makes mention of a controller with a display screen as well as Speed Control Processing.