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Nintendo has filed a patent for the Switch that includes Donkey Konga drums.
The patent was filed in the US in August of 2017 and pertains to a set of “extended input devices” for the Nintendo Switch. It has only been made public today.
Examples shown include a keyboard peripheral and a pair of bongo drums that look similar to the device used in 2004’s Donkey Konga for the Nintendo GameCube.
The example image shows a vaguely familiar looking character flying through a woodland landscape, the bongos being used by the user to power its aircraft.
The Donkey Konga drums did not see much use during the GameCube’s lifespan, and this would be a great way to re-introduce the playstyle to the new console generation with the malleability of the Switch.
Whilst the patent don’t always indicate future plans, it does seem like Nintendo is exploring a range of interesting peripherals for the console following the announcement of Nintendo Labo in January.
For more on the cardboard D.I.Y kits coming this April, check out IGN’s hands-on impressions.
Jordan Oloman is a Freelance Writer for IGN, hoping that if nothing’s off limits we can get a Virtual Console with Doshin the Giant. Follow him on Twitter.