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It would appear that the Nintendo NX controller leak that turned a lot of heads recently isn’t for real after all. Instead, this leak happens to be the work of pranksters who seemingly wanted to celebrate April Fool’s Day a couple weeks early.
Let’s get you back up to speed and give you a bit of history behind the hoax. Last week, a Redditor posted what appeared to be a Nintendo NX controller that matched the company’s legit patent filing. That was followed up by photos from a second Redditor, and speculation was rife about whether these controller photos were legit, and if these controllers were the ones that would come with Nintendo’s upcoming NX console. But now that we’re back to the present, the two people behind the photos have fessed up, and admitted the photos aren’t real.
In a detailed YouTube video, Frank Sandqvist explains how he created the bogus photos. The original (fake) photo comes courtesy of one David Im, and Sandqvist used that photo as an inspiration for the second, less blurry image that was shared on Reddit. The CNC Design co-founder used simple design paraphernalia, such as black acrylic and spray paint, and a few labels, and took photos of them before posting them on Reddit.
It was all that easy for Sandqvist to pull off, but what’s most amazing is that he and Im weren’t collaborating with each other; they had separately posted their fake pics on Reddit.
So now that that’s all over and done with, it looks like we’ve got months and months of rumors and speculation to sift through as the run-up to the Nintendo NX’s (still-unannounced) launch and release dates continues.