Leaked NX controller is indeed fake

David Im reveals on Youtube how he created the 3D model and inserted it into a photo

A purportedly leaked NX controller got the entire internet in a tizzy this week, leading some to believe the prototype was real (especially in light of the fact that Wii U production does seem to be coming to an end). Everyone who had been keeping their fingers crossed that the controller was a fake can now breathe a sigh of relief, as the hoaxer has confirmed on YouTube (see video below) that it's just a 3D model he inserted into a photo. Im also posted more images of his mockup on his DeviantArt page.

The next step in the elaborate hoax came from Frank Sandqvist, co-founder of CNC Design in Finland, who based his design on Im's model and then used Autodesk's 3D modeling tool Fusion 360 and 3D-printed it in black resin and acrylic. Check out the video below for Sandqvist's demonstration of how he made the model controller.

"I'm sorry if I got some people's hopes up, but it seems most people were against this kind of design so maybe it's just a relief that it's fake," he said.

He added that "it turns out this design is very uncomfortable after all." Based on the photos, most assumed that it would not be very ergonomic, but at least we now can forget about it. In the meantime, we're all eagerly awaiting any real information or pictures of the actual NX, which is likely to be revealed this year. If anyone has any tips on the NX, please don't hesitate to email us at

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Robin Clarke Producer, AppyNation Ltd6 years ago
The voices within the industry that were convinced about this being real, and spoke with great self-regard about why it 'made perfect sense', overlap almost perfectly with those who constantly advise Nintendo to flog the family silver, and are adamant that the hundreds of millions of people playing PC and console games just haven't found the right Skinner Box yet. Wrong again.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 6 years ago
That thing made me laugh my head off when I saw it. Nintendo making what looked like a shaved down 1950's version of the Vita for it's new system? That's a NOPE right there.
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Ross Sharp FX Artist, Ninja Theory6 years ago
I especially enjoyed the bonkers theory on Reddit that the leak came from Massive because you could see the reflection of a tree on the controller that looked exactly like the trees outside their studio.
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