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The 3D-printed Nintendo Switch is one of the best video game fakes we've seen


Earlier this week, a 3D-printed Nintendo Switch popped up during an online stream. It was fake, yet it looked real enough that many were convinced of its authenticity.

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Internet discussion centred on whether it was a real early model (nope), whether it was a leaked dummy unit from Nintendo’s official reveal trailer (very unlikely), or just a well-made 3D-printed design.

Predictably, NeoGAF lost its mind trying to work it out.

For the YouTuber streamer who flashed the unit on screen, Brooklyn-based Etika, it was a very successful publicity stunt either way. What’s more impressive, however, is the painstaking process of making the unit.

This was undertaken by Frank Sandqvist, who you may remember for crafting the 3D-printed oval NX design back in March this year.

To recreate the Nintendo Switch design, Sandqvist used multiple 3D-printed pieces for the main Switch unit and dock, JoyCon grip and controllers, as well as perspex for its screen.

The pieces were laser-cut, polished and glued into place to create something which looks close to the official article.