An internal logo for the Nintendo Switch codenamed “NX” has been spotted and appears to have leaked online.
The NX logo was spotted through a prototype build of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe dated October 18, 2016, two days before Nintendo officially announced the name of the Switch.
The logo itself features a counter-clockwise rotating circle with a blue dot and the letters “NX” right next to it. Also, instead of the Switch’s red color, it has a light blue color similar to the Wii U logo.
The Nintendo Switch was codenamed NX and this was an early logo/boot animation used during the console’s development (this was spotted on the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe prototype) which was never seen outside of Nintendo. did pic.twitter.com/B1bS5zCKOu
— Paul Kelly (@PaulFelixKelly) November 20, 2022
We can’t fully verify the boot sequence’s correctness, but given that it’s Nintendo, we likely won’t get any official confirmation. Rarely.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a Switch port of Mario Kart 8 on Wii U, but with all the latest DLC. The game had even more DLC courses this year, in the form of booster course passes. It has also become a game.
With Mario Kart 8 Deluxe doing so well, Nintendo doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to make Mario Kart 9. However, a successor is reportedly in active development with some kind of “new twist” on the series formula.
The Switch is approaching its sixth anniversary, so a successor to the device could be coming soon. So far, no details or codenames have been given, but Nintendo says it’s working to avoid repeating the same mistakes it made with the Wii to Wii U transition.
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George Yang is a freelance writer for IGN. He has been writing about the industry since his 2019 and has worked with other publications such as Insider, Kotaku, NPR and Variety.
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