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The Nintendo Switch trailer contained no actual game footage

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The Nintendo Switch isn’t even a week old, and the internet is full of breakdowns, think pieces and opinions around the new home/mobile console hybrid. One thing that the three and a bit minute Nintendo Switch trailer did well was show off the many instances where the Switch’s multiple play modes would come in handy. Playing Skyrim on a plane, breaking out Mario Kart on a road trip or just taking The Legend of Zelda on a walk. All game experiences that work across both, even if Nintendo was a little cunning with their footage.

Most console reveals of this ilk don’t always use real game footage, instead simulating the play so that it looks decent for video. Nintendo are no different, but the types of games they showed off last week (and the fidelity at which they played) instilled a lot of hope about the console’s mobile power. Which may or may not indicate real-world performance, since Nintendo simulated the entire thing. Speaking to Eurogamer, a Nintendo spokesperson warned that games in the Nintendo Switch trailer might not be representative of the final product.

“At a later date, before the March launch, we’ll be talking about things like exact launch date, and of course, the games. You shouldn’t assume what you saw on the video represents actual game footage and further specifics on first-party games will be provided later.”

Of course, this could go two-fold. The glass half empty type will look at this and immediately assume that game will not manage that sort of quality on a mobile device. And coupled with vague statements about support from Bethesda (who haven’t actually said Skyrim is coming to the Switch), those worries are well rooted.

The other side of the argument suggest that Nintendo simply don’t want consumers holding them up to some of the game footage shown off, especially when it comes to new Mario and Splatoon games. That short snippets could be from products that are vastly different, making the cautionary PR release a ways to cover their bases if comparisons are made.

History will tell us to believe the former a bit more, but I firmly understand Nintendo’s reasoning behind this. The first hurdle out of the gate for the Switch was convincing players how the device worked – a difficulty all too real for the Wii U. With that out of the way, Nintendo has some breathing room to focus on just detailing the games now, which I hope they won’t make us sweat as much for.

Last Updated: October 25, 2016


  1. ha hah ahahahahahahhahahahaaaaa heeeeeehheeeheheheheheheheheheheeeee hohohohohohohohohohohohohohohohohohooooooo


    • Original Heretic

      October 25, 2016 at 09:55

      Dutch Joker?


      • Dutch Matrix

        October 25, 2016 at 10:03

        LoL. No.


      • Dutch Matrix

        October 25, 2016 at 10:28

        Damnit! Should have responded with: More like Japanese Joker aka Nintendo.


      • Pariah ???

        October 25, 2016 at 10:37

        Joker is like a cute little puppy compared to Dutch.

        Dutch, that’s not a compliment. But take it as one anyway. 😀


  2. ????

    October 25, 2016 at 09:58



  3. Dutch Matrix

    October 25, 2016 at 09:59

    Listen. You do not show a device playing games and then there is buggerall of said game on device. That is unethical, to say the least.


    • Original Heretic

      October 25, 2016 at 10:07

      I don’t like it either. I loved that I saw Skyrim footage. Now, it’s a lie. It’s all a LIE. *uncontrollable weeping*


  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 25, 2016 at 10:15

    So it’s the Nintendo Bait & Switch.

    Haven’t we learnt our lesson?


    • BakedBagel

      October 25, 2016 at 12:34

      The harmonica never gets old lmfao


  5. HvR

    October 25, 2016 at 10:22

    If Bethesda hasn’t already starting working on it there is no way it will be on the Switch at launch, hell if they start working now it will probably not be ready for Xmas next year.


  6. VampyreSquirrel

    October 25, 2016 at 10:30

    My favorite Switch image… (when adding it works)


  7. Skyblue

    October 25, 2016 at 10:33

    • Admiral Chief

      October 25, 2016 at 11:43

      Ahhhhhh good memories


  8. Allykhat

    October 25, 2016 at 10:35

    You want to convince me to buy your new console when the last one flopped harder than a magikarp on a bad day? Don’t lie to me in your reveal trailer with games that 1: Aren’t confirmed for it and 2: May not look or run anything like they did in the trailer.

    This is Ninty’s version of The Division.


  9. Admiral Chief

    October 25, 2016 at 11:44

    Is this the real life?
    Is this just fantasy?
    Nintendo’s caught in a landslide
    No escape from the salty sea


  10. Dane

    October 25, 2016 at 13:46

    *Surprised face* No way!


  11. Godzilla

    October 25, 2016 at 16:57

    I honestly can’t see the appeal of this device… It seems like Nintendo has no idea what gamers want anymore….
    I mean, imagine the NX was a beefy powerhouse that retailed for R7999 or even R8999 but supported 4K and had a VR accessory… I mean imagine 4K VR Mario or Zelda….. Now we’re talking…
    Why have another device in my bag or pocket, when my phone does just fine?
    I honestly can’t imagine myself doing any of the stuff in the video…. why the hell would I bring the Switch to a braai or party unless I wanted to be anti-social publicly? hahaha


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