The Nintendo console image displaying a bereavement message was created as a joke
A virality Posting on Twitter, which was also shared on Facebook, claims that Nintendo games consoles in the UK are unable to operate during the official mourning period following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. This is not true, and the post was created as a joke.
The image shows a Nintendo 2DS XL with a black and white photograph of the Queen on one of its screens, while the other bears a message that reads: “Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022. This device is unavailable during the royal mourning period and will remain so until Monday 19th September [the date of the Queen’s funeral].”
Although many social media users acknowledge that the post is a joke, others seemed unsure.
Although Nintendo UK announced on September 12 that it would not be broadcasting a Nintendo Direct live stream (a regular broadcast on upcoming content) in the UK on September 13 as a sign of respect during the mourning period, Nintendo n didn’t stop his consoles from working.
A Nintendo spokesperson confirmed to Full Fact that the image was “fabricated” and said the company “has not made any of our consoles ‘unavailable’ during the UK national mourning period”.
Twitter user @LucasIsPersonal told Full Fact he created the image as a joke after being inspired by of them another joke tweet. As of this writing, her post has been retweeted over 43,000 times and liked over 564,000 times.
He added that he was “surprised” at how many people thought the image was authentic given that he created the image using a Nintendo console that is no longer in production and ” how easily it could be proved false”.
He also posted on Twitter to express surprise how much it was shared.
Similar satirical posts on Facebook joked that other game consoles would not work during the mourning period.