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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.

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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.

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"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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James Brightman: James Brightman has been covering the games industry since 2003 and has been an avid gamer since the days of Atari and Intellivision. He was previously EIC and co-founder of IndustryGamers and spent several years leading GameDaily Biz at AOL prior to that.
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