Rumored NX Controller Images Confirmed Fake

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Over the past week, images of what was rumored to be a controller for Nintendo's NX console emerged online, inspiring much discussion and debate. Now, the creators of the images have come forward to admit that the controller shots, though inspired by a real Nintendo patent, are indeed fake.

This all started, as things often do, on Reddit. Someone named "Idriss2Dev" published a photo of what was claimed to be an NX controller, with a note next to it that read, "You will say wow!" That was a quote about the Wii from late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. This picture was thought to at least possibly be real, due to the fact that it matched up with the Nintendo patent. The Reddit user said the controller had "haptic" buttons and that its shoulder buttons worked in a similar way to a mousewheel.

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Days later, more images of what was claimed to be an NX controller emerged online. This time, as you can see in the image above, the production values were even higher. But red flags were raised right away, in part because the controller had a "confidential property" sticker on it.

Now we know both are fake.

The creator of the first fake, David Im, posted a silly YouTube video last night that confirms the project was an elaborate hoax. Im also shared more images of his 3D mockups on his DeviantArt account. He tells Polygon about the buzz surrounding his creation, "I must confess that it amazed me."

As for the second fake, it was created by Frank Sandqvist, who founded laser-engraving company CNC Design in Finland with his brother. He explains in the video below that he was inspired by the first faker's design and decided to see if he could make it himself.

"I'm sorry if I got people's hopes up, but it seems most people were against this kind of design, so maybe it's a relief to hear that it's fake," Sandqvist explains.

"I thought it would be funny to see how easy it would be to recreate that Photoshopped leak in real life--it turns out, it's pretty easy."

Though these NX mockups are both fake, that hasn't stopped people from imagining the possibilities of how such a controller might work. The Vine below from Tim Aza is pretty excellent, showcasing how it could work in the context of The Legend of Zelda.

Nintendo has said it will start to talk about the NX, which is only a codename, sometime later this year. According to The Wall Street Journal, it is a console/mobile hybrid that runs on "industry-leading" technology." A newly substantiated rumor indicates the system could launch as soon as this year.

Another recent report claimed Nintendo was ending production for its underperforming Wii U, perhaps signalling a move to NX. Nintendo has since denied that this will be the case

What do you make of these NX mockups? Let us know in the comments below!

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Who knows what the nx controller will look like but surly the next step from the gamepad is a controller where it don't need to be inrange of the main console to continue playing. I think nx will be some kind of hybrid between a home and handheld console.

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Who knows what the nx controller will look like but surly the next step from the gamepad is a controller where it don't need to be inrange of the main console to continue playing. I think nx will be some kind of hybrid between a home and handheld console.

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Gamers are the worst bunch of Sheep to believe this shit. This is why this fool is laughing at you guys. We live in a world of 3d printers people. Next youll see Ps5s dev kits out there and idiots will believe them.

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That last pic is very interesting, but the positioning of the thumbsticks would create problems if the thing were real. A person's hands would get in the way of the lower part of the screen, greatly limiting the kind of information - like UI - developers could put there.

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I'm calling it now. This hoax is a hoax and these are legit leaks.

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What a relief. This is the best news all month. The alarming thing is that it was the fakers who confirmed they were fake and not Nintendo themselves. Nintendo kept silent despite the backlash over the 'leaks'. They should have been the ones to come out and say, no these are fake, relax. But they allowed the speculation to simmer, which you have to think is very damaging.

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@lostn: If Nintendo themselves denied it people would probably call BS, so staying silent and letting the fakers come forward probably worked out better.

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I still expect something similar from Nintendo and I can't wait to see what it is.

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If there aren't physical buttons on the new NXimote mighty N can count me out. Physical buttons are a joy to use and an integral component to happy gaming.

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@Redsyrup: The multi billion dollar mobile gaming industry disagrees with you. I'm not part of that however.

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@lostn: Even mobile gamers complain about touch controls, this is why mobile controllers have grown in popularity, I've only played maybe 6 games on my cell, Telltales games like Wolf Among Us and Walking Dead, Buldars Gate, and a few racing games, only games with controller support for my little dual analog blutooth controller, I didn't even play the two games I bought at first after playing with touch, I ordered the controller the next day.

Only simple games work well with touch, and often even they are plagued with issues, another factor is you are constantly covering your view with your fingers, a controller like this with no physical buttons minus the analog sticks would never be good for console gaming, it's just annoying and everyone in the industry knows it's the least precise and most frustrating method of control around.

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I can't believe people actually thought this was real.

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@JakeTehNub: Why not? It looks exactly like Nintendo's patent.

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@lostn: Because it has no buttons lol.

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Where is all the stupid fanboys of gamespot arguing like this was real and saying a lost of bs like this:

- OMG Nintendo suck, NX need to be like a PS4 better specs to be successfull.
- This controller suck. I will never buy this gimmick controller because i'm a very hardcore that only play games with two colors and violence.

Looking stupid? You deserved!

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I like how everyone is pretending they KNEW these images were fake all along. Suuuure you did.... -__-

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@turtlesintime: lol I did, it looked like the worst controller ever made, no way that will be what the face looks like, I'm sure others thought the same, not everyone believes everything one the internet.

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@turtlesintime: It's better than the morons that pretend this was true.

I call this Skeptcism, if you don't have enough evicende, it's better don't believe it. But stupid people can't follow this logic.

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It's hideous. All Nintendo must do is a solid console with solid controller and 3rd party multiplats as well.

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@FBohler: They sort of tried that with the GameCube but after the N64, it was too little too late. Sadly, I think Nintendo's best efforts will never recapture the consumer base it had with the SNES:

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@turtlesintime: I find this fact interesting. The NGC was the best console of its generation, hardware and software wise, but it wasn't the most successful commercially speaking.

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@FBohler: Hardware wise the Gamecube didn't touch the original XBOX, it was a very solid console though, I think a lot of it had to do with it's design, the small box system with mini discs kind of made it look like a toy during a time consoles were going a bit more sleek.

I remember a lot of friends back then judging the console on it's mini console look, they just thought it looked immature.

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@FBohler: The mini discs didn't help.

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Looking at that mockup video, I'm glad it's fake. It's just awful, who wants to play Zelda like that? Unfortunately I'm not at all convinced Nintendo will do anything smarter at this point.

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I'm glad this is fake BS.......the look of it looked too fragile, the design totally not what we should want, basically if this was real it looks like it would be headed in the same direction the Wii-U went and we all know where that ended....as the device in last place failing to gain high sales even 3-4 years in it's still not anywhere close to what it should be.....Wii-U is a failure plain and simple doesn't make liking it bad, it's just means it's a failure of a console.....

cripes PS3 was a fail of a console and Sony turned it around......though it was far too late at that point...

Nintendo needs to go back to what made NES & SNES good disc based system, wired and wireless networking, considerable hard drive storage, HD output, proper controller [face buttons, triggers and bumpers, analog sticks and directional pad as well as start select] needs to be better than PS4 on terms of power, needs to get third party on board somehow and needs to be something straight forward....like how X1 and PS4 are.....you slap a game in and an update when needed then you just jump in and play....no BS just ease of use should be king here....cus if we have to deal with another dumb controller like Wii-mote or Tablet Nintendo is done....they seriously need to get their shet together, get all their ducks in a row and come out swinging....fight like it's your last chance in the console biz cus this is their last chance....they can't afford another Wii-U disaster.....

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Anyone gullible enough to think those were real is probably the type to click on the ads at the bottom of the page.

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Wow and the fanboys argued in forums, acting like those were real. Gamers are a gullible bunch.

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@nurnberg: Exactly people are stupid as ****! Also the WiiU ending its production run article ALSO confirmed fake...smh

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Did a great job. And I'm also glad it's fake, because I really don't want it to look like that.

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You'd have to be an idiot to believe these were real. And further more, who the hell would want to play games on such a tiny screen on your controller?

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I imagine that if anything the NX Controller will just be a streamlined Wii U Controller with a slimmer profile that's lighter in weight and likely more ergonomic. That or it will look like the original NVIDIA SHIELD handheld.

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Does not take a rocket scientist to know that random no names posting NX controller pics online before the official Nintendo reveal are fakes

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There's a more credible source (who called both of these hoaxes in his Reddit AMA). This person says that, yes the entire face of the controller is a screen but it's actually a large rectangle about the size of the bottom half of the 3DS XL and that it has real buttons. The buttons are transparent so it's a little closer to this fan mockup here. It does have a pair of scrollwheel shoulder buttons along with regular shoulder buttons further in.

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@elheber: That actually looks pretty awesome but I don't know how well it would work as a portable system having the analog sticks out in the open like that. I always felt nervous if I have my Vita in my pocket but having a DS or 3DS I always felt safe because of the clamshell design. I hope the real thing has a removable clamshell design for portable use.

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@elheber: That looks pretty sweet. I think its my favorite mockup so far.

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@iandizion713: But we all know how this works... it's always too good to be true. But yeah, I'm sold on an entire face being a screen so long as it has physical buttons.

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QUICK! EVERYBODY! We need to hide these images from Nintendo so they don't get any bad ideas!

Nintendo: "Hey, what's that? An quirky-yet-highly-impractical-for-most-cases controller?

Everyone: "What? ummm.. no, nothing. It's nothing..."

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I didn't believe for a second that that was the NX. #1, how the **** do you hold it with any degree of comfort? #2, if ANYBODY is going to realize that zero tactile feedback on a controller isn't going to work (especially when you entertain the idea of video output on a TV), it's Nintendo. You have no clue what you're pressing if your eyes aren't on the device itself if all you're pushing on is virtual buttons, and virtual buttons don't work that well for certain games period. Try playing Contra or something like that with virtual buttons. It's a miserable experience.

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I'm glad they were fake. I didn't want to play with Stewie Griffins head.

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I think I was the first one on gamespot and within the 50th guy on IGN initial comments to actually state that only an idiot would believe that this piece of shit controller is to be the next NX controller. I will not even list the reasons as to why I stated that...they are so obvious and it takes about 2 seconds to notice it.

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