You may recall that not long ago a streamer surprised his audience and busted out a 'Nintendo Switch', prompting the stream's chat to go into meltdown. Our tagline for an article on the topic was 'keeping it real fake', which gives you an idea of what we thought of it, but there were some that thought in could be legitimate.
Though it looked impressive (even simulating the detachable Joy-Con controllers) there were question marks, and now all doubt has been washed away. Frank Sandqvist, who previously produced the now infamous 'NX prototype', has posted a video to show how this Switch was produced. Once again it's down to 3D printing and a lot of rather careful - and impressive - work.
So there you have it, a recreation of the Nintendo Switch. An impressive effort, though we think it's fair to assume that, right now, the only actual units to be found are under lock and key in the offices of developers.
With global demonstrations and public hands-on opportunities planned for early 2017, it won't be long until we can all get our hands on the real system.
Oh wow, this guy again
Glad to see he's not a one-trick pony, this one was actually pretty convincing.
Is he going to use his Youtube cheque to buy some shirts?
Nice to see people making good use of both their time and ours. Advancing the human race one self consumed, exhibitionist stunt after another.
Even though this is fake, I bet it's still really cool to hold something that will probably feel very close to the final product.
Does it mention why they made such a poor job of it?
Now Etika needs to produce a sandwich and eat it live, he still owes the world that : P
I 3D printed his mum
Needs to use his evil genius for more productive purposes . . . .
@Grawlog My my, aren't you a fiesty little one?
Why would you believe some youtuber has it?
thats realy cool how they made it
Why go through the trouble of making this?
It'll be really interesting to see how this compares to the real thing once it's released.
@abbyhitter Why, that oldest of douchebag endeavours- the Seekitude of Attentions.
@A01 Other than the ABXY buttons, it looks really, really good. The guy has some skill. You should actually watch the video.
There were numerous other issues.
Colours were incorrect. Textures were wrong (inevitable given it was 3d printed). The "+" button was horrendously wonky. The sides of home button were blatantly the wrong colour. And as you mentioned, the ABXY buttons were one of the biggest problems - they were so astonishingly wrong, I'm amazed he didn't try to correct it.
The previous NX one he did was infinitely more impressive. Of course we didn't have anything to compare it to. But there was nothing on that one looked obviously dodgy. Whereas the Switch one is covered in inaccuracies.
Not denying the guy has skill, but it takes effort to make something like that. But it was so obviously fake, there were so many issues with it.
@HappyMaskedGuy And here I thought I was an overly serious and grim self-appointed sentinel of what little remains of humanity's more edifying qualities...
@Solid_Stannis Tis too heavy a burden to bear alone.
That is a pretty impressive fake, and if anything, it really asked off may how stylish and great looking the Switch is!
Honestly, if it weren't for the button font, I would have at least questioned its legitimacy. That, combined with the fact that we've been duped with 3D printing before, and I haven't even given it a second glance since its reveal.
But yeah, aside from the buttons, it looks really really good.
I find this guy rather irritating, to be hon--
WHOA! I have a case of deja vu!
Can this guy stop with the crap? It's getting ridiculous. Scratch that - its BEEN ridiculous.
That's a lot of work for just a prank.
@Grawlog has a point.
It does seem like these fakes are more like resume work.
That's sad. Too many people will do anything for attention these days.
The one thing I've learned from all of this is that 3D printing is amazing.
I think ever since Artsy's Rayman leak, everyone wants to make a leak these days just to show off how they did it.
Impressive indeed. An incredibly impressive waste of time and talent.
So... Why? Don't they have a job or... friends or... I don't know... But actually I'm always very impressed when I see people doing stuff like that. I want a 3D printer too!!! And that UV printer is really cool.
Haha. The last person I would think that possesses a Nintendo Switch is a random YouTube personality. It sure would of been an interesting story to see how he obtained it if it was true though!
I think i would have paid for this as a none playable collectors item looks really cool.
@HappyMaskedGuy Never heard about having fun, huh? This was a harmless prank (emphasis on the harmless part).
@CrazedCavalier Never heard about having fun, huh? This was a harmless comment (emphasis on the harmless part).
Surely no one was taken in by the video. If a random youtuber had a Switch they wouldn't be able to resist showing it off by turning it on. Or is this youtuber famous for flashing electrical equipment around and not turning them on? The effort this guy put in to this project is impressive though.
@CrazedCavalier I'm only pulling your leg though, I think you're a cool guy
@Ricube You can have a job and friends AND still have the brain and time to pull something like that off. Don't disparage them just because they faked you out.
I suppose one must ask oneself- 'What have I achieved today?'
I must journey inward...
I can't believe anyone actually legitimately thought it was real. How would some tool of a youtuber get their hands on one anyway? There's no way that anyone outside of Nintendo or maybe a couple of select 3rd party developers would ever touch them.
He's only doing it for the attention, and you all you gave it in spades.
I honestly would have done all that if I was capable, just to hold it and see how it'll feel.
Why are people upset about the attention this is getting? Its impressive how well done this fake was, that actually took time and effort to do. I guess people are upset that other things aren't getting more attention? It was a good prank I must say.
@HappyMaskedGuy To be fair, your first post was way more snarky than his. Just people having fun. Pretty sure fun isn't that detrimental to the human race.
It looks pretty good overall, except for a few details that are pretty glaringly off
But is a bit surprising to see that people actually thought it was real..
Ah the magic of 3D printing, now we know how the Chinese make them knockoffs.
Great comment as ever.
I think I'll put this bloke in the same box as Emily and her 'twitter' mates. Sorry did I spell that right.
(just noticed lol, can you stop upsetting people, NOT)
@dew12333 Ah yes. Emily 'please for the love of God, look at me!' Rogers. Nice girl.
I never realised that desperately grovelling for undue attention on social media using a major corporation's as yet unreleased products constituted as 'fun'.
How wrong these good people have shown me to be.
@Arlon My comment was ironic, the first part was just my first thought after actually watching the video. They never "faked me out" and, as I said in the comment, I'm impressed of the work they've done. Still, and now I'm going OT and it's not about you in specific, i find it interesting how often people engage in educational roles when answering to the comments of others.
Sheesh, so sick of everyone here complaining about their petty issues with everything they have no legitimate reason to dislike. Just stop.
And this "fake" console probably cost ten times more to fabricate than the real functional unit we will be getting in March, and that is not counting labor. I'm sure some bloke on eBay would pay a pretty penny for this paperweight.
Lot of triggered simpletons in the comments. He admitted this was a parody and has in the description of his YT video that it's 3D printed.
@abbyhitter for the sake of comedy, which is a pretty good reason imo.
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