Nintendo Hoax Pokes Folks
March 30, 2016
Be it for attention or kicks, some people love to create fake imagery of supposed video gaming products and "leak" them online as if they were real upcoming items destined for imminent legitimate announcement. The most recent of these hoaxes involves an alleged buttonless controller for Nintendo's secret NX console. It's far from the first fake product that someone has cooked up in their spare time. Peter Paltridge at Platypus Comix takes a look back at three notable Nintendo-related hoaxes including that NX controller and, in the process, sums up the changing nature of these fakes.
You might notice that this hoax had a different tone than the one from eleven years prior -- instead of faking something the audience wanted, they faked something the audience didn't. Reaction from those who believed the controllers were real was overwhelmingly negative. They wanted buttons; they wanted to feel the correct finger placement. No doubt, the fakers preferred that as well. So if they were making up something, why not something they wanted?
The reason is because they were playing to the current expectation. Instead of being hopeful for Nintendo's future, fans are now afraid of what they'll come up with next. They fear that, in a renewed effort to get back the phone-game audience, Nintendo will embrace the gamer-unfriendly business practices of that market, and fall into ruin as a result. The football controller is a representation of that fear. Where people once were seduced by visions of magic head-shaped VR devices that displayed 512,000,000 castles at once, now they're just hoping Mario doesn't crap the bed.
I'm not a fan of hoaxes. The gaming community is so hungry for information and news outlets are so desperate for traffic that fake images are held up right away to spawn discussion as if the item or game depicted is solid undisputed truth. These hoaxes waste everyone's time and energy, producing passionate arguments over what ends up being nonsense. Stop encouraging these things. Save that enthusiasm to discuss the real news once it's announced. If the Internet should have taught us anything by now, it's to be skeptical (especially in advance of the upcoming April Fool's Day annual festival of nonsense).