Rumor: Nintendo's Next Generation NX Controller Allegedly Revealed in a Photo

A purportedly leaked image of the new Nintendo NX controller has hit the web. 

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A possible leaked image of a new Nintendo controller has hit the internet today.

From the image, which we've included below, the device appears to be an oval shaped touchscreen with two analog joysticks, a front facing camera of some sort, all with a proprietary cable attached to it. We are taking this image with an enormous grain of salt, but it would support the idea that the next generation Nintendo console will revolve around a mobile device controller. Nintendo has filed a number of patents over the years, and some journalists are using that as confirmation of the image's validity. 

The tweet above from freelance game journalist Laura Kate Dale showcases the supposed device.

There's been a lot of potential information about the NX and its features rolling around on the web throughout the past week. However, we've been pretty skeptical of it all given how easy it is to Photoshop things like this. Because of this we want to stress to our readers that there have been a number of false leaked images in the long history of Nintendo. If this turns out to be more than rumor, however, it will be interesting to see how the controller works, and learn more about it once Nintendo has a proper reveal.

 

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      March 17, 2016 6:54 PM

      Still waiting on my Horse Bag

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      March 17, 2016 6:56 PM

      That looks awful, let's hope it's not.

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      March 17, 2016 6:58 PM

      So it's terrible, cool.

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      March 17, 2016 6:58 PM

      Doesn't that bear a striking resemblance to the ocarina of time? I'm calling serious shenanigans on this one.

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        March 17, 2016 6:59 PM

        Also, waita create another $100 controller that no one will buy multiples of, thus shooting yourself in the foot for your own #1 priority local multiplayer.

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        March 17, 2016 7:01 PM

        I agree, but it is the first bit of NX anything to appear so I reported it as a RUMOR

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          March 17, 2016 7:04 PM

          I love that you posted it and will take any and all future NX rumors. I want it to be good. I really do.

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            March 17, 2016 7:08 PM

            Me too. This is a weird period for Nintendo.

            This Iwata tribute from last night's Game Developer's Choice Awards really hit me hard.

            http://www.shacknews.com/article/93770/watch-satoru-iwatas-dreams-become-reality-in-this-beautiful-gdc-tribute

            I want Nintendo to make it, but this is an extremely crucial period in its long history.

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              March 17, 2016 7:14 PM

              What is frustrating to me is the market has all of a sudden opened up for Nintendo to easily become the #2 player. They don't have to shoot the moon here. I hope they realize that.

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                March 18, 2016 11:07 AM

                Exactly how I feel. It's not like the PS4 or XboxOne are hitting it out of the park, their hardware won't be hard to match. If they can get halfway decent online and not kill it on price they might do okay.

                I imagine that Sony and Microsoft can start slashing prices at anytime, and there's not much Nintendo can do to fight that.

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              March 17, 2016 9:40 PM

              Such a good tribute. He always struck me as being just a super nice guy which in celebrity terms means he was probably an uberdick but whatever.

              I really hope they do well with the new one. I want them to keep on doing what they're doing.

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      March 17, 2016 7:01 PM

      lol, can't buy this

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      March 17, 2016 7:07 PM

      Dumb. So their "hook" is another retarded controller? Fuck. The Wii U tablet is such a piece of crap, I think I might pass on the next Nintendo console if it requires an even stupider conterller.

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        March 17, 2016 7:39 PM

        What? I like the tablet. It's comfy, and lets me game while Ru Paul's Drag Race is inexplicably on the big screen.

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          March 17, 2016 8:14 PM

          Only downside is its lol battery life

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            March 18, 2016 11:08 AM

            I think it's a little much for most games, and I don't feel it was ever justified. It never did much beyond the gimmick territory. Mario Maker might be the only game that makes truly good use of the device.

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          March 17, 2016 10:36 PM

          The tablet is great. Comfortable, best d-pad, excellent thumbsticks/buttons/triggers, and games like Mario Maker, Nintendo Land, Rayman Legends, and Splatoon wouldn't be possible other ways.

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            March 17, 2016 10:44 PM

            The tablet is awful, and Mario Maker is the only game on the system that justifies it. Rayman Legends plays excellently with a normal controller, and Splatoon would as well. Nintendo made literally one real game that justifies the controllers existence. ONE.

            An Nintendo's OS tablet UI/UX is beyond hilarious. They still draw scroll bars and intend you to use them, on a touch input device. Nintendo had no fucking clue what to do with that machine, and it is so painfully clear. And Mario Maker could have just as easily been a DS title, and honestly, the "hey i made this, look at it!" social aspect would work 1000% better on a handheld in the school-yard.

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              March 17, 2016 11:58 PM

              I absolutely disagree with you except for one point.

              "Rayman Legends plays excellently with a normal controller "

              Its not the same. Co-op mode with the gamepad is head and shoulders above the other versions. Wii U has the best version of the game, no question.

              "Splatoon would as well"

              Nope. Touching the minimap for fast travel is great. Gyro aiming is the best I've seen for a console game, much closer in speed and accuracy to a mouse and keyboard than awful terrible thumbsticks. I'm glad that the Steam controller supports gyro aiming, unfortunately there's a lot of custom tuning required while Splatoon is tuned right out of the gate.

              "Nintendo made literally one real game that justifies the controllers existence. ONE."

              They didn't make enough games but they made more than one. The best game using the gamepad is the one you didn't mention, and that's Nintendo Land, not Mario Maker. That thing showed SO much potential and developers just didn't follow its lead. Thankfully that same team went on to make Splatoon. Its a much more straightforward game than Nintendo Land but they showed that they're one of the few EAD teams that really understood it.

              "An Nintendo's OS tablet UI/UX is beyond hilarious. They still draw scroll bars and intend you to use them, on a touch input device."

              There is no scroll bar. The dots at the top are there to show which page you're on but they're obviously too small a target to be used.

              Its almost exactly like the iPad UI. You swipe, hit the arrow buttons, or push the triggers to change pages. It is easily customizable, you can put launch icons and folders anywhere. Its the most like iOS or Android, very simple! After the six-month patch fixed performance issues and added folders it became my favorite of the console UIs. Its fast and it gets me to my games quickly. My only complaint is that friends is a separate app, otherwise its terrific.

              The PS4 interface is also great. The library button is my only beef, but for recently used games it works fine. If it was as customizable as the Wii U's menu system that would fix all my issues, that and allowing the touchpad and triggers for navigation. The XBox One UI is a complete fucking disaster that needs to be burned to the ground and rebuilt from the ground up. That thing is an actual disaster.

              I usually agree with you but I think you're completely off base here. The UI and the games that used the gamepad well justify it. This is before we get into the ergonomics and physical components being as good as they are (thumbstick, buttons, etc). The only controller I'd put above the Wii U gamepad and the Pro Controller is the XB1 Elite. Its maybe the only good thing to come out of MS this console cycle, but man is that thing terrific.

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                March 18, 2016 8:34 AM

                Ooof, fell asleep. Yeah I normally agree with you on a lot of stuff but we see this pretty differently.

                A few points:
                My primary argument is that removing the touchscreen does not fundamentally harm any of the games made for the Wii-U, save for Mario Maker, and apparently Nintendo Land which I haven't played. Rayman Legends is a wonderful title and while a small feature in a handful of levels was reworked, the game as a whole is unchanged. Splatoon could easily be played with a DualShock 4 with tilt-aiming, and touching the pad could bring up a transparent overlay of the map that you could swipe over and then tap your desired location. Again, this doesn't fundamentally change the game, and again, makes the giant tablet controller just... not a fundamental aspect of using the system.

                My secondary arguments are mostly that as a tablet, the Wii-U is bargain-basement-Android levels of quality, can only track a single input at a time, and yes, go into the Nintendo Store and just look at that God-awful UI. They still have scroll bars.

                Everything about the WiiU screams "we didn't really know what we wanted next so we took a guess and it didn't really work out, but hey, here's Mario Maker!"

                Nintendo is probably my favorite game-maker on the planet, but has become probably my most hated game-platform-maker. :(

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              March 18, 2016 11:15 AM

              Mario Maker would make a fantastic DS title (assuming the hardware could handle it).

              That said, I'm glad we got a big screen version.

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                March 18, 2016 12:03 PM

                I don't see why at least the New 3ds could handle it. I would love for portable MM.

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                  March 18, 2016 2:07 PM

                  I would too, but I don't know what the limitations on memory, and the size of the levels would mean. Graphically I think it'd be just fine though.

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        March 17, 2016 9:37 PM

        How are you still surprised when Nintendo has a new controller? They have said very often that they will keep trying new input methods. It's like, their thing.

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        March 17, 2016 10:31 PM

        After using the game pad I really really dislike in-game inventory management now.

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          March 17, 2016 10:39 PM

          Err, posted too soon. I hate traditional inventory management now. Give me a touch screen for it now.

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            March 17, 2016 11:59 PM

            Xenoblade Chronicles makes such great use of the gamepad. Not just for managing inventory but also the Civilization style thing they do with the world map, etc etc.

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      March 17, 2016 7:10 PM

      That looks a lot like the artist concepts that were floating around the internet based off the patent. I'm not really sure what to think, it just looks a little bizarre in a not good kinda way.

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        March 17, 2016 7:16 PM

        It's hard to tell scale in that picture, but the thing looks too wide to comfortably wield. That would be problem #1, before we even get into possible button issues.

        The iPad sure did fuck with nintendo's heads, didn't it? Two generations later and they still think they have to beat it.

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        March 18, 2016 5:04 AM

        I thought those were a joke :(

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      March 17, 2016 7:20 PM

      Looks super fake. I can feel my hands cramping up just looking at that thing.

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        March 17, 2016 7:24 PM

        I tend to agree with this assessment, and I hope that came through in the article. I am just excited for Nintendo to properly announce something.

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      March 17, 2016 7:25 PM

      That is so fucking fake. Just look at the HUGE cable connector. Is it a parallel port?!

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      March 17, 2016 8:13 PM

      Who thought having joy sticks in the middle of a screen would be a good idea? I highly doubt that's a Nintendo product.

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      March 17, 2016 8:21 PM

      That's so tight, but why is the image on the game screen upside down? Or does the ac adapter connect to the top and the camera is on the bottom? Gonna be great for AR.

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        March 17, 2016 8:31 PM

        Screen orientation unlockable via amiibo.

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          March 17, 2016 8:36 PM

          I heard that you can only turn the console on with an amiibo aswell.

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            March 18, 2016 7:33 AM

            What game was aswell from?

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              March 18, 2016 8:08 AM

              You know, that game... with the goofy characters? Yeah, that one.

              <( '0'<) ^( '0' )^ (>'0' )>
              Dancing Kirby

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      March 17, 2016 8:32 PM

      Fake, the shape alone screams fake, and is that a reflection or a display in that thing?

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      March 17, 2016 8:34 PM

      Well if that's real then at least they really went for it. But it looks exactly like the patent diagrams which makes me suspicious.

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      March 17, 2016 8:38 PM

      nintendon't

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      March 17, 2016 8:55 PM

      Here's the controller patent image if you want to include that as well. This leak is nearly identical to what was patented.

      http://chattypics.com/files/1458263833576_ahn5yi37jw.png

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      March 17, 2016 8:59 PM

      I really hope that's fake.

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      March 17, 2016 9:36 PM

      Am I missing something, or is the entire face covered with aluminium foil? Well, except for the B button.

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      March 17, 2016 9:41 PM

      I'm interested.

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      March 17, 2016 9:58 PM

      I see rocks, a puppy sleeping on a bed, and a bear.

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      March 17, 2016 10:04 PM

      It's fake. There's no glass at all on that and the lighting is off. Someone obviously printed it and glued it. All based on that patent.

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      March 17, 2016 10:11 PM

      It has a flat tire just like the damn Moto 360 watches!

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      March 17, 2016 10:15 PM

      Where are the handles that the patent picture showed

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      March 17, 2016 10:39 PM

      If you look at patents for unreleased products by tech companies (Apple, etc) you know that the pictures don't represent the physical design of the product itself. It gives a very very broad idea of where things are and how it works, but the actual physical execution is way way off.

      Fake.

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      March 18, 2016 4:43 AM

      I'm fairly sure its fake but I find it appealing.

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      March 18, 2016 7:27 AM

      If that's actually it... I predict that's a tactile screen

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      March 18, 2016 8:37 AM

      Touch buttons are awful. I hope this isn't the final design.

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      March 18, 2016 9:04 AM

      Looks dumb.

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      March 18, 2016 11:03 AM

      This reminds me a bit of the original PS3 controller in that maybe I'll just hold my comments until after/if I've held one.

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      March 18, 2016 11:11 AM

      Incredibly easy to photoshop and it perfectly matches the patent they already announced - it's too convenient.

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        March 18, 2016 12:22 PM

        This also makes me think it's fake. Companies never use actual items in their patents, it's always some stand-in. If it looks like the controller from a patent, it's almost 100% likely it's fake.

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          March 18, 2016 3:25 PM

          I'll add in that cameras on phones are pretty good now, and there's no reason for this photo to be so blurry.

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      March 18, 2016 3:23 PM

      Maybe it's the light, but that left analog stack looks concave.

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      March 18, 2016 5:37 PM

      Thanks for posting, there is like no NX info :(, so this is something.

      Personally I don't give a shit about the controller to be harsh toward Nintendo, make sure the freaking guts of the hardware are solid and can last that is all they have to do this round the rest will follow. If only they would just focus on this issue this round.

      If N makes sure the NX guts aka main hardware(GPU, CPU, Mem) is solid it will be a big success.

      I still think the XB1 controller is #1 it the best ever made. Yet the PS4 is out selling the XB1 like crazy, its not all about the controller it never has been. I am not sure why Nintendo are so fixated on the controller?

      And lets be honest if the Wii U just came with two pro controllers instead of the pad it would of been way better off. The money saved could of gone into the Wii U's guts instead and things would of turned out differently.

      Man I really hope the NX is going to own :( E3 2016 = "judgement Day 4 Nintendo" , man if both MS and S announce v2 refreshes of their systems @E3 2016 that could be the end for N. The fear is real :(

      I just don't know anymore, I am juts going to wait for E3 do or die