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The new ‘leaked’ Nintendo controller is really freaking people out

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Edit: This 'leaked' controller has since been proven to be a fake device created by an avid Nintendo fan on their own 3D printer. We'll just have to guess at what Nintendo has up their sleeve for a few weeks longer.

You know the drill: rumours start flying around that a tech company is working on something big, an official spokesperson hints that there might be some truth in it, and then the leaks turn up - usually in the form of a blurred photo of a metal square that looks like it was taken from a moving van. Blindfolded.

Not so with the Nintendo NX. Not only has Nintendo confirmed that it's working on a new console, the first leak of the hardware has been taken by someone who knows how to operate a camera.

This is apparently the mobile controller unit that will accompany the NX.

  • The new 'leaked' Nintendo controller is really freaking people out

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    The photos don't give all that much away about the nature of the mysterious NX. Rumoured to incorporate an at-home console with controllers that double as portable gaming units, the images are remarkably similar to a patent the company filed many months ago.

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    The new ‘leaked’ Nintendo controller is really freaking people out

    The patent outlined a controller that would lack front-facing buttons, in favour of an interactive touch screen that could change depending on the desires of the developers - or become a portable console in its own right.

    Posted to Reddit, the user perkele37 shared some details about the controller design:

    • Only the upper 'nubs' of the sticks move. The bottom part is static (kind of like the circle pad, but it moves along the bottom ‘sphere’.
    • The rollers on the top feel and look pretty much identical to a mouse scroll-wheel. Though I do don’t believe this will be the final design.
    • Haptic feedback is feels like Apples ‘taptic’ engine. Not like regular rumble.
    • 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom.

    Yes, it's an unconfirmed leak form an unknown source - but it does bear a striking similarity to the patent designs.

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    The new ‘leaked’ Nintendo controller is really freaking people out

     

    [Via: The Next Web]

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Shortlist.com’s esteemed Tech Editor. David has a keen interest in video games, Star Wars and stuff that runs on batteries.

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