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