Nintendo Switch news: Devkit user interface leaked; key details about console exposed

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Devkit menus for the upcoming "Nintendo Switch" console were accidentally posted online last Thursday, giving fans a glimpse of what developers see when working on hardware that is yet to be released.

In a screenshot taken and shared by NEOGaf user mocolostrocolos, an image of the video, which was inadvertently posted on YouTube by Nintendo Portugal, showed key details like Device, Application, and Firmware menus from the devkit user interface (UI). The video, however, was already taken down.

Gaming website Kotaku explained where the error stemmed from, saying that when Nintendo Portugal uploaded their Switch Super Bowl trailer on YouTube, they forgot to include game footage, which led to the leaked images. They further explained that Nintendo has been editing game footage for use in their commercials during post-production. However, this time, they were unable to edit the part that should have been filled with game footage instead of the screen showing the devkit menus.

A report by Gamespot also explained that the leaked images confirmed that the Nintendo Switch devkits showcase 64GB of storage, this is twice the internal storage that the retail version offers at 32GB. Moreover, the Device menu also showed several options like setting the time either manually or automatically, changing the Switch's idle time detection and sleep mode, and toggling brightness control. The report also noted a new application called "Tandem" and that the leak showed a devkit firmware version number of 0.2.0-3.

Last month, Nintendo confirmed some of the tech specs for their upcoming console that is slated for release on March 3. Some of the featured specs include a 6.2-inch, 1280x720 resolution multi-touch capacitive screen; "game cards," which users install by dropping from the top of the console; and two speakers, which are located at the bottom of each side.

Additionally, "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" was recently confirmed as a launch title for Nintendo Switch, and it will also debut on March 3. The game will also be playable on the Wii U and will be launched on the platform on the same day.