So what happened? Well, there were actually two instances of the fancy pants controller showing up online, both modeled after Nintendo's patent filing, which itself is real. But the photos of the supposed prototypes were not. The first of those appeared on reddit by "Idriss2Dev," a new member to the site who drew skepticism from the community.
Before David came clean with what he'd done, more images purporting to be an early prototype of the NX controller appeared online, but from a different reddit user. These were much clearer shots and higher quality that looked strikingly similar to the images in Nintendo's patent filing. It had rubber nubs, a glossy display, buttons on the top, and a "Confidential Property" sticker that's appeared on real prototypes (though this one didn't look exactly the same).
Well, that one was fake too. In a longer YouTube video, the controller's creator, Frank Sandqvist, co-founder of CND Design in Finland, explained that he created the initial design in Fusion 360, Autodesk's 3D modeling tool. He then 3D printed it out in black resin and acrylic.
These probably won't be the last supposed leaked photos of the NX controller or even the console itself, as Nintendo is expected to unveil it by the end of the year.