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Could this be the Nintendo NX’s controller?

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Every generation, Nintendo’s new consoles brings with it a unique and interesting controller. Or at least, it has since the N64, which was the first major console to include analogue inputs. From then, all of their controllers have been a little left of centre; the Gamecube’s controller is a natural evolution of the N64’s, but the Wii’s motion controlled “remote” was unique, interesting and innovative (even if it wasn’t really as accurate as it should have been).

The Wii U has that tablet-like, hulking gamepad – and if this new rumour is to be believed, the Nintendo NX will also have a tablet-like, touch screen controller. That’s according to a rumour posted on Reddit, Destructoid and Dual Pixels, which seems to show a “leaked” version of the system’s controller.

Take a look:


It seems to be a haptic, touch controller with analogue sticks built in to the screen, armed with touch-screen buttons. What makes it interesting, I suppose, is that it very closely matches an earlier patent from Nintendo.


Of course, that could just mean the “leaker” made a digital (or 3D printed!) forgery using the patent as a guide.

Personally (and though the image doesn’t appear to be doctored) I don’t buy it. For starters, it looks about as ergonomic as a dropkick to the spine, and also seems to be very, very expensive to produce – which just isn’t the Nintendo way of doing things. It also just looks fake to me, with inconsistencies in the lighting and the lack of physical face buttons leaving me very sceptical.

If it is legitimately the new controller for the NX though, I’m worried about the direction that Nintendo’s going with this. No physical front buttons? No sale.

Last Updated: March 18, 2016


  1. Alien Emperor Trevor

    March 18, 2016 at 08:35

    Physical front buttons are the bestest! Wait, what are we talking about?


  2. Ottokie vs the forces of Evil

    March 18, 2016 at 08:45

    Something still seems off on those pics, but any hoohaa as long as it can play Pokemon I am happy.


  3. HairyEwok

    March 18, 2016 at 08:53

    So its essentially a PS Vita/Tablet with the front panel being the entire screen.


  4. Raptor Rants

    March 18, 2016 at 09:02

    top middle of the screen looks like an FPS counter. This is either one detailed forgery or it’s seriously legit.

    I for one like the idea


    • Admiral Chief [BFTS]

      March 18, 2016 at 09:20

      WHY would you need an FPS counter on something that has standard specs? Each one will be the same


      • Raptor Rants

        March 18, 2016 at 09:42

        because when you are in development phase you have the dev tools running which would include FPS counters to track performance


        • Admiral Chief [BFTS]

          March 18, 2016 at 14:32

          For dev, that would work yes, but not for commercial use


          • Raptor Rants

            March 18, 2016 at 14:51

            Hence why I say this is either a very good fake that pays attention to detail or this is the real deal and is a leak of a dev unit.

  5. CypherGate

    March 18, 2016 at 09:15

    I hope thats not it cause that looks SO TERRIBLE.


  6. Ghost In The Rift

    March 18, 2016 at 09:26

    One question, how are you gonna left left right left up down square circle x square triangle circle on that controller for the perfect combo/ fatality o_0 ?!?!


    • Gardos

      March 18, 2016 at 10:14

      You move the analogue stick in a square pattern, then in a circle, then in an “x” pattern, then square again, then triangle and finally circle one last time. All while doing the lefts and rights on the other analogue stick… DUH! Gosh, it’s classic Nintendo simplicity, come on man.


      • Ghost In The Rift

        March 18, 2016 at 10:28

        WOW BRILLIANT!!! That’s so innovative, how stupid of me!! #analogueisthefuture ;-P


  7. iusedtobe(a)regular

    March 18, 2016 at 10:26

    This looks horrible if it is the NX controler. Why cant Nintendo just leave the gimmicks alone and make a proper console?


  8. Francois Knoetze

    March 18, 2016 at 10:28

    Oh look a rearview mirror!!


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