Nintendo Switch Devkit Menus Accidentally Leaked


An advertisement for the Nintendo Switch was accidently uploaded to YouTube by Nintendo Portugal which resulted in the leak of the devkit UI menus for the world to see.

A user on NeoGAF who goes by the username mocolostrocolos posted screenshots of the YouTube video which has since been removed. In the screenshots you can see the Application, Device, and Firmware menus from the Switch’s devkit UI, giving us a glimpse of what some of the devs had to play with. The Nintendo Switch devkits contain 64 GB of internal storage twice as much as the 32 GB retail version. The Device menu also allows you automatically and manually adjust the time, toggle automatic brightness control, and adjust the console’s sleep mode and idle time detection.

The other screenshots mention an unfamiliar application called “Tandem,” confirm a devkit firmware version number of 0.2.0-3, and also show a clear reflection of the video camera as well as the person recording. At 3:23 of the video, some unstable, quickly-edited gameplay footage has been mapped to the unpowered screen of a switch between two actors, presumably pretending to play 1-2 Switch’s cow milking mode.

Many would think that the person filming would just turn the screens off instead of leaving them on, But according to another NeoGAF user called LordofPwn it’s ordinary for screens to be switched on because allows video editors to easily spot where the screen ends and the bezel begins. Meanwhile any copies of the video that have been published to YouTube have been brought down immediately.

It seems like the Marketing and PR department at Nintendo weren’t paying much attention whilst doing their job , otherwise they would have managed to notice such a major blunder, but hey it happens to the best of us at times.

Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on March 3, 2017. Let us know your opinions by commenting in the comments section below.