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The Nintendo Switch Prototype Picture?

The Nintendo Switch is an absolutely amazing device. It’s the most powerful handheld gaming console ever made, and it also doubles as a full fledged home television console too. I mean, how freaking cool is that, huh? I can play Zelda on my television, as well as in the bathroom. Or like, outside. I can basically take the full console experience anywhere I damn well want, and there’s something truly magical about that. It’s a true hybrid console.

But did you know that this concept isn’t new? An early prototype of the Wii U Gamepad was literally two Wiimote controllers attached to the side of a tablet-like screen. I mean, sure; this was a prototype for the Wii U, but you can’t help but notice the very clear similarities between the Switch and the prototype from the late 2000’s.

The Wiimotes are attached to the side of the tablet, just like the with the Nintendo Switch Joycons. The colours of the D-pad are even very similar to the Neon Red and Blue Switch console. Hell, the controllers are even organized in the same way, with blue on the left, and red (or pink for the prototype) on the right. I mean, sure; this could all just be one very big coincidence, and in all likelihood, that’s exactly what it is. But you gotta admit the similarities here between the early Wii U prototype, and the final Nintendo Switch product. I’d even go so far as to say that the prototype is a better representation of the Nintendo Switch, than it is the Wii U.

But then again, I’m crazy. So what do I know?


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