Jimmy Fallon was the envy of Nintendo fans everywhere last night when he went hands on with two highly anticipated new releases.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé visited Fallon’s Tonight Show to show off their upcoming mobile game, Super Mario Run for iOS, and the long awaited the Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild running on their next big console release, the Nintendo Switch.
We get a look at Zelda running traditionally on the big screen, and also get to see the gamepad taken out of the dock where it becomes a handheld portable device with its own screen.
This follows the short October reveal trailer that finally revealed their mysterious project NX as the Nintendo Switch, a home console which you can take with you on the go.
Fans have been waiting for the new Zelda console game since the release of the WiiU four years ago, and the more we see of this game the more impressive and unique it actually looks. The game is set to release in March next year for the WiiU and Switch, although recent rumours cast doubt over whether the game would be ready in time for the new console. Seeing the game in the flesh being played on the new hardware certainly restores some hope that it will arrive in the next three months.
Fallon is understandably excited to go hands on with the elusive console, and seemed even more ecstatic to play Nintendo’s new mobile venture Super Mario Run.
The game comes as part of Nintendo’s increasing efforts to expand the reach of their IPs and a general push into mobile gaming. Their first app Miitomo quickly rose to the top of the free to play charts, but it failed to retain its user base and dropped below 60th in the first two weeks.
Meanwhile, Niantic’s PokémonGo app was released this summer and dominated headlines with its record breaking success. Nintendo will no doubt have considered the failures and success of both ventures when developing the new Super Mario game.
Reggie reveals the full version of the game will be available on Thursday 15th December, at a premium price of £7.99/$9.99.