In case you weren’t aware, Nintendo is currently busy working on its successor to the Wii U, codenamed NX. Originally announced by Satoru Iwata back in March last year, details about the new hardware is still thin on the ground – though it’s widely expected to be revealed sometime this year, with the system possibly hitting stores in time for Christmas.
Now, an image purported to show off the console’s new controller has surfaced on the internet.
Originally posted on Dual Pixels, the image (above) – which has been analyzed by Destructoid to check whether it’s been Photoshopped – appears to show a controller that has a screen covering the entire front of the device, interrupted only by dual thumbsticks and what appears to be touchscreen buttons. Supposedly, the image displayed will change depending on what game or app is currently running. The controller also seems to match a patent filed by Nintendo with the US Patent office back in December:
Of course, Nintendo has refused to comment, and while the photo appears to be genuine, you should still take it with a grain of salt. And even if it is genuine, it’s important to note that it’s likely just a prototype; the final design of the controller may well change prior to release. Those touchscreen buttons would be the first thing I’d change.
Nintendo has a long history of unconventional controller designs, of course – and this new controller, if it turns out to be the real deal, would certainly follow that tradition. It would also suggest an evolutionary step fom the Wii U’s gamepad. We’ll just have to patiently wait for Nintendo to reveal the new system, possibly during this year’s E3 event in June.