From the Vault: Factory Worker Leaks Hi-Res Photos
A worker in one of Nintendo’s factories has smuggled a 3DS off the assembly line, and given us a sharp picture to admire. Updated with a third batch of pictures.
Update: As you can see here, console launches never go without at least a handful of leaks before their reveal. The PS4 Pro is perhaps the most leaked console in history. Months before its announcement, journalists overheard developers talking about the console at a video game conference. Around the same time, some well trusted gaming sites reported that they had heard from their inside sources that the PS4 Pro was under development. Soon more sources were informing journalists about the system. A little later, a full rundown of the console’s specs were provided. The 3DS leak wasn’t the first games console to be leaked, and since then pretty much every other console has also been leaked ahead of time. PS4 Pro certainly won’t be the last leak either.
Today (January 3, 2011), an employee from a factory manufacturing 3DS handhelds has snitched one from the line and taken it home – only to show it off to the Internet, of course.
The picture was supposedly posted on this forum, but the original thread has long since vanished. However, the moderators clearly weren’t quite fast enough, as the picture has already been saved and immortalized by eager fans.
Although the image’s compression may interfere a little, you can get a nice look of the texture of the system just by looking at it. This is most likely the final design of the 3DS, which actually differs slightly from the allegedly final version Nintendo showed us on September 29. The “Select,” “Home,” and “Start” buttons appear to have been flattened to sit flush with the touchscreen’s border. Other than that, though, it’s the exact same 3DS you’ve been seeing for the past few months.