Vooks Editor Gets Bored, Creates Fake Nintendo Switch Box Art

The Nintendo Switch becomes a self-generated rumor mill.

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It all started with too much time on a person’s hands, and just the right pair of hands to gently cradle that time.

Early this morning, an apparent leak surfaced from EB Games Australia, showing placeholder pricing and what appeared to be potential official box art for several games for Nintendo’s upcoming Nintendo Switch console. Most notably, the “Mario Kart 8 Switch” cover art advertised 24 new tracks and 10 new characters for the game’s new next-gen edition. The listings were quickly removed, of course, but not before Twitter user @vitalitysensor was able to do some widespread sharing.

The quick removal on the part of EB Games led to some skepticism for a moment, but further proof was provided using Web Archive to show that the apparent leaks had, indeed, been present on EB Games’ Australia website.

Sadly for those excited and kart-centric many, the persistence of the rumor didn’t last long, as a voice from Australian Nintendo-centric website Vooks soon spoke out. Vooks editor Daniel Vuckovic announced on his own Twitter account that he had managed to create the images and plant them on the website. He even freely shared how he went about doing it.

Not only did he create the box art himself, but he actually did so using direct assets from earlier mock-ups for his idea of what Nintendo NX box art could have looked like, from back in the summer.

Since the truth came out, today has been full of other Twitter users taking the template for Vuckovic’s designs, which he made freely availible, and creating some other fun ideas for prospective new games and ports whic could emerge on Nintendo’s new upcoming console. It’s always good to cure your boredom with something constructive, so we can at least applaud Vuckovic for that.

As for the letdown of what started as very exciting prospects for an absurdly-rich updated version of Mario Kart 8 on the Switch, now is still no time to despair. Following today’s packaging-plagued events, Nintendo insider Emily Rogers joined in the Twitter discussion, proclaiming continued assurance that previous claims of a new and improved Mario Kart 8 still held true. Either way, an official Nintendo Switch presentation is coming on January 12, so no matter what predictions may have inadvertently been made today, we’ll know a lot more for sure soon enough.

Jay Petrequin started writing at HeyPoorPlayer in the summer of 2012, but first got his start writing for It's Super Effective, a Pokemon podcast that happened to be a reflection of two of his biggest interests: pocket monsters, and making people listen to him say things.

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