New FCC documents have revealed that Nintendo may be planning to announce its new Switch controller a lot sooner than expected.

A new filing on the Federal Communications Commission’s website has revealed that “Short-Term confidential” information about Nintendo’s upcoming “HAC-043” Switch is due to be available to the public later this week on the 24th of September, hinting at an announcement from Nintendo themselves. 

It’s possible, however extraordinary unlikely, that Nintendo will let the FCC announce this Switch controller by releasing the confidential documents, but what’s more likely to happen is that Nintendo will make an announcement themselves, likely very soon, potentially in a Nintendo Direct. 

Regardless of what Nintendo announces, on the 24th of September, the FCC will make available external and internal photos of the device, as well as the manual for the controller, so we’ll soon have a very good idea of what it is and what it does. 

The original confidentiality filing from Nintendo about the “HAC-043” Switch controller was due to last 180 days, protecting images of the peripheral, its manual, and its schematics, however the release plans for these documents have since changed. 

With everything still being under the confidentiality agreement, for now, there’s no telling exactly what this controller might be. Thankfully now we don’t have to wait long, as even if Nintendo remarkably doesn’t announce anything themselves, we’ll soon know what this controller looks like.

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