The Big N itself may be keeping its mouth shut about its next console, codenamed the Nintendo NX, but, of course, that hasn’t kept rumors and supposed insider information from flooding the internet. Well, we may now have our juiciest tidbit yet.
A Redditor by the username of perkele37 has just posted a couple pictures of what he claims is the NX’s new controller, and it’s definitely unlike anything you’ve set your thumbs on before.
As you can see, the controller is a unique oval shape, the entire front surface is covered with a screen, and yes, the thing doesn’t have any buttons. At least not on the face. According to the poster, the two analog nubs on either side of the controller work sort of like the circle pad on the 3DS, and there are two rollers on the top that function similarly to the scroll-wheel on a mouse. The controller’s screen features haptic feedback, and there’s a standard headphone jack in the bottom.
Of course, this could all be an elaborate fake, but there’s no obvious signs of Photoshopping, and this controller looks very similar to a Nintendo patent that surfaced in late 2015. Everything’s pointing toward this being the real deal.
So, if this actually is Nintendo’s new controller, what do you think? I’m kind of sad to see traditional buttons go, but Nintendo had to do something to differentiate themselves, and I’m sure they’ll also release a more traditional “Nintendo NX pro controller.” It certainly isn’t as crazy as the Wiimote was in 2006, and that turned out pretty well for Nintendo, so let’s maybe give them the benefit of the doubt.