For those despairing over the images of the Nintendo NX controller, which appeared to be a football-shaped device without any tactile buttons, there’s hope once again. The author behind one of the images has come out and admitted he faked it.
Someone with the username “Idriss2Dev” posted on Reddit today with a simple link to a YouTube video: this one, which shows in detail exactly how his NX controller render was made.
What does this mean, however, for the second image — which came from another source and looks less fake than the first?
Since it has exactly the same design, button placement and ports as the first image — and it came out second — there’s plenty of reason to assume it must be fake as well. However, no one has yet come forward and copped to it. And we still don’t know which of the many patents we’ve seen for Nintendo devices will make it into the final product.
UPDATE: The video showing how the second photo was made has been revealed. This was a real model made with a 3D printer.
Breathe easy, Nintendo fans! And remember this quote from Satoru Iwata, circa February 2015 when asked why he couldn’t make a regular Mario game for phones: “Smart devices have no physical buttons. Playing games such as ‘Super Mario’ cannot be enjoyed.”