First Live Demo of Nintendo Switch at Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show

Reggie Fils-Aimé debuted Nintendo Switch’s live demo at the popular talk show; Jimmy Fallon also got a taste of upcoming Zelda

While we were told that fans would have to wait till January 13 for their next viewing of the Switch, Nintendo surprised everyone by showing up at a popular daily talk show. The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon was the fortunate venue for the first ever live running demo of the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo America President Reggie Fils-Aimé begun by showcasing Super Mario Run on the iPhone. The game, announced at Apple’s September event, is the first mobile Mario title. And while everyone enjoyed a short demo of the game, including Miyamoto sitting opposite to Fallon and Fils-Aimé, its limelight was stolen by the Switch.

Along with the console’ first live appearance, Fils-Aimé also showed gameplay footage of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The game is set to be the marquee title for the console, upon its release in March next year. You can view the footage here:

As stated, Nintendo is setting up a dedicated event for the Switch. On January 13, select people will be able to get a hands-on demo of the console. Nintendo confirmed that it will not be a public event.

Nintendo is also expected to reveal additional hardware options at the event. This was first hinted at by Nintendo Japan’s President in an earlier statement. But, as the Switch is a modular console, he might just be talking about the peripheral devices seen in the trailer. This would include the docking station, as well as detachable controllers.

Nintendo has also faced some criticism regarding the Switch. After it was confirmed to have 4 GB of system RAM, many felt Nintendo was repeating its past mistakes. Both the Xbox One and PS4 have 8 GB of memory, and they are 3 years older than the Switch. Nintendo will also have NVIDIA’s Tegra mobile SoC. And while we don’t know how well it performs, it certainly won’t be able to compete with current gen consoles, let alone PS4 Pro and Xbox Scorpio. But Nintendo has always relied on its exclusive games, and so far, it has held its own.

Nintendo Switch is set for a March 2017 launch.