Another day, another patent from Nintendo. The Big N is always cooking up new ideas, be they for Switch or something else altogether. This time around, it appears Nintendo has been working on image processing for Switch titles, and perhaps all of their games in general going forward.

This patent in particular is for “an image processing method for expressing objects with transparency with a low processing load.” It seems Nintendo felt it was a good idea to come up with a solution for making the display of transparencies in games less taxing on the hardware, thus this approach.

One thing worth noting about this patent is that it involves Akashi Miyagi, who previously worked on The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. There’s certainly a chance this image processing method could be put to use in Tears of the Kingdom, and Miyagi’s involvement may point to that.

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