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Is this a leaked image of the Nintendo NX controller? (Updated)

by Ron Duwell | March 18, 2016March 18, 2016 6:00 am PST

Here’s a leaked image of what could be the controller for Nintendo’s next home console, the NX. A source over at Reddit by the name of Idriss2Dev sent in the images, and they are proving to be very convincing among some in the gaming audience.

Of course, the slick, white design found on most modern Nintendo products is a dead giveaway. However, the most compelling argument is that it very closely matches a patent filed by Nintendo in December, one which many assumed would also turn into the NX controller.

If you ask me, these pictures are legit and come from Nintendo. Destructoid ran a few tests and said that the images don’t seem to be Photoshopped, however a few inconsistencies don’t seem to guarantee anything either. If this is legit, then other questions remain like the age of the picture or whether or not this is a failed prototype, a developer model, or a retail model Nintendo passed on.

I would point towards this leak as very convincing but not quite a smoking gun.

Editor’s note from Joey: I, on the other hand, disagree. While this may or may not be Photoshopped, the image looks off to me. First, the patent features handles, this image does not. Things change, of course, and that could have changed as well. Second, the ridiculous image on the front makes absolutely no sense. Third, I don’t know of many screens that would look that bright in a photo when shot with something else. Then, as Redditor Pooh_Bear points out, what’s up with ET?

ET on Controller

Finally, for me? The missing buttons. Those things look virtual. Maybe Nintendo would try that? My heart wants to believe they know better. Please, Nintendo, don’t go with virtual buttons. Back to Ron…

Be patient, and we’re sure to know more about the NX later this year, probably as early as June.

UPDATE: It appears it is indeed a fake.

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Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...