Mar 28th, 2016


As Nintendo continues its radio silence on the Nintendo NX, more and more rumors are cropping up about the console. Last week we shared a pair of convincing photos that seemed to showcase a leaked NX controller, but it turns out they were an elaborate fake done by one guy with a 3D printer and an idea based on a patent filed by Nintendo.

Now, a supposed AAA developer has posted to the Nintendo NX subreddit, suggesting that he has a devkit that he’s been using for several months now. Since there’s no way to verify this information as authentic, everything said here should be taken with a proper grain of salt.

Aside from confirming that the leaked controller is fake, here’s what this developer had to say about his NX devkit:

Our devkit’s controller:

  • Doesn’t have an oval screen. Ours is a standard rectangle.
  • Has physical buttons with a screen behind them. It doesn’t have a form shifting screen, nor does it have a touchscreen with haptic feedback.
  • Is hardwired to the devkit, which looks like a boring black box with some USB ports and a disc drive.
  • However, that fake does get a couple things right. It does have scroll wheel shoulder buttons, but in addition to them it also has two regular shoulder buttons labeled ZL and ZR. It also has a headphone jack in the bottom of the controller.

Some other things I can tell you:

  • I don’t know if the NX is backwards compatible with the Wii U or 3DS or not, but it doesn’t look like it is. The system is different enough from both that I think it would be hard to play games from other consoles.
  • The controller is sort of a game system in its own, but it’s not a replacement for the 3DS. It works like a companion app on a phone, and you can take it with you and control some things from your game, like how the VMU on the Dreamcast let you take a Chao with you and train it.
  • No one outside Nintendo knows what the NX’s name is. It’s still the NX here internally.
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