Everything Nintendo from Wednesday’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Everything Nintendo from Wednesday’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Last Wednesday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Fallon was joined by Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé and Nintendo Creative Fellow Shigeru Miyamoto to debut Super Mario Run gameplay as well as the first live demonstration of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild running on the Nintendo Switch.

Fallon’s joy and excitement were palpable when Fils-Aimé introduced Super Mario Run on the iPhone and Fallon got to try it firsthand. Many exclamations from Fallon, such as “I’m geeking out right now!” and “I’m such a fan!”, showcased just how pumped he was to be able to try Super Mario Run not only for the first time pre-release, but also in front of Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto.


Fallon was also giddy to try out The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Not only was this Fallon’s first time playing the title, but it was also our first glimpse at the Nintendo Switch being played on a live broadcast. During his gameplay, Fallon mention his knowledge of such game mechanics as using food for life and sliding on Link’s shield, so it would seem Fallon truly is a fan of Nintendo and its franchises.


In closing, Miyamoto joined The Tonight Show’s The Roots onstage to play a beautiful rendition of the Super Mario Bros. theme song. Miyamoto was a natural on the guitar and fit in with The Roots’ sound. A fitting end to a great show.


We gleaned a ton of new information from this show. Not only did we get a good look at how Super Mario Run would play live, but Fils-Aimé also mentioned that a special demo for Super Mario Run would be in Apple stores starting Thursday. We also got a live look at how quick and responsive the Switch is when changed from docking mode to mobile. While there’s still a ton about the Switch we just don’t yet know, Wednesday night’s episode gave us a good idea of what Nintendo’s upcoming console looks like in action.

Super Mario Run launches on December 15, 2016 on iOS, with an Android port TBA. Nintendo Switch launches in March 2017, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launches TBD 2017.

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