Regardless of the current status of a console’s life cycle, one thing remains the same. Nintendo is always experimenting with hardware, and it is relatively common to see the company filing applications for new patents. That said, the latest example of this specifically relates to the Pokemon franchise.
Nintendo has filed an application for a new patent that involves “a sophisticated server infrastructure designed to store and update individual Pokemon data seamlessly between games”. The core of this infrastructure involves Pokemon parameters that are universal, which includes species, types, moves, effort values (EVs), and experience. There is also “inherant areas” for more game-specific attributes, events, and memories. It sounds like an expansion of Pokemon HOME. Nevertheless, if there are any further developments involving this, we’ll let you know.