It is crystal clear now that Nintendo NX controller pictures leak was complete hoax and there was a huge uproar over leaked pictures.
Last night, it was revealed that both the recently circulated images showing supposed Nintendo NX controllers were faked in different ways. The news did not come from Nintendo, denying the validity of the leaks, but from the “leakers” themselves.
The first image, circulated over a week ago closer to GDC, was a work of pure photoshop. The second set of images were actually of a physical controller that was made by a 3D printer, and photographed as a “real” object.
I will admit to being one of the gullible. In my post yesterday, though I did report the controller as a rumor that could still turn out to be a fake, I admitted I was inclined to believe it was genuine, and now I suppose I have to eat some crow.
And yet, one of my biggest reasons as to why I thought the photos were genuine was because Nintendo themselves hadn’t commented on the images. By that point, the story was massive. Every game site was reporting the images, they were shared by millions on social media. There was no way on earth they hadn’t heard about the story or seen the photos.
Why then, did they say nothing?
If the leakers themselves hadn’t come forward for a “ha-ha, gotcha!” reveal, this would still be up in the air. No one had been able to definitively prove the images were fake before that, and in fact conspiracy theories were moving the other way, with some saying that the second set of photos were leaked from Ubisoft Massive’s offices (they weren’t), bolstering their possible legitimacy.