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Check out The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild running on Nintendo’s Switch

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Nintendo is keeping most of its juicy Switch footage for the now imminent press conference on January 12th, and that’s probably a smart move. But I say most instead of all, because there’s still some avenues that the console maker is choosing to show off some incredibly important footage of some of their biggest games coming to the new console. Like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which got its real first gameplay debut on the Switch on Jimmy Fallon’s talk show last night.

The segment kicked off with Fallon getting to play Super Mario Run on iOS (which is out next week in fact). The game looks just as great as the trailers before it, with Mario automatically running to the edges of the screen while Fallon admirably kept him jumping at the correct times. But we’ve seen lots of this before. The real kicker came afterwards, when Nintendo America President Reggie Fils-Aime revealed a Nintendo Switch ready and waiting to be played.

Unsurprisingly, Breath of the Wild was the game on show. Skip ahead in the clip before to see it running on the new hardware.

The real question surrounding the Switch has been just how well the device would handle large games like Breath of the Wild on the go. When Fallon picks up the Switch from the dock, the game seamlessly transitions from one screen to the next, and it seems to run pretty well too. It’s a relatively calm piece of gameplay on show, but the fluidity of the gameplay on the mobile device gives me a lot more hope than the simulated, jittery footage in the reveal trailer.

It’s more than likely that we’ll get similar demoes for many more Switch titles at the January event, which is taking place on the 12th.


Last Updated: December 8, 2016


  1. Ottokie

    December 8, 2016 at 08:38

    Got goosebumps. Much excite!


    • Viper_ZA

      December 8, 2016 at 08:59

      If the price is decent, it will be a day one buy for myself to! xD


      • Original Heretic

        December 8, 2016 at 09:08

        Wait for the review!


        • Viper_ZA

          December 8, 2016 at 09:10

          Will do Sir! 🙂


          • Original Heretic

            December 8, 2016 at 09:13

            Good man. We’ve seen too many people getting burned by hype this year (*cough NMS cough*).
            I agree, this looks amazing and I also want one, but I’m still hesitant.
            My biggest concern is the battery life of the handheld part. I think that’s gonna be the clincher for me.

          • Viper_ZA

            December 8, 2016 at 09:15

            Agreed, you wouldn’t want to charge too often. Maybe Nintendo will offer a good launch bundle, together with a spare battery / powerbank or similar. But yes, it looks good so far, so here is hoping they deliver.

          • Original Heretic

            December 8, 2016 at 09:19

            Luckily the battery tech is going forward. I saw something recently that looks very promising, though it is still VERY far away from being commercially manufactured.


          • Viper_ZA

            December 8, 2016 at 09:22

            Neat piece of tech, definitely looking forward to something like that.

          • Ottokie

            December 8, 2016 at 09:26

            I will not buy on release as well. But as for the battery life being bad. I will mostly use this console when I fly to PTA or something because it fits easily in my backpack. I don’t really use handhelds in public because Africa and all that.

          • Original Heretic

            December 8, 2016 at 09:31

            I’m only looking at getting the Switch in about 2 years time when my lad is a bit older. Then it’ll be the PERFECT thing for road trips.
            Take 1 x boisterous child.
            Add 1 x Nintendo Switch.
            Whadda you get?

          • Ottokie

            December 8, 2016 at 09:39

            True. I am also saving every console I own for my future kid. I collect older consoles and cartridges so he can start where I started and work his way up 😛

            Nothing teaches patience like a Super Mario game you can not save or Contra with limited lifes xD

  2. Admiral Chief Argonian

    December 8, 2016 at 09:47

    We need this in our house, I can only imagine how my daughter/wife will love this!

    As well as the additional PC gaming time I will be getting!


  3. iusedtobe(a)regular

    December 8, 2016 at 11:02

    Maybe I missed it but is there a price and release date for the Switch in SA?


  4. Francois Knoetze

    December 8, 2016 at 13:36

    I have been looking for something like this for ages. Was hoping sony would do something similar with the vita and PS4 (if only. Can only dream) Having a console quality experience on the go will be a major selling point for me.


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