Actual Nintendo Switch gameplay debuts on The Tonight Show

Since its announcement, the Nintendo Switch has generated a good deal of excitement and positivity. It has innovative controllers, a unique construction, and it may be quite cheap too. But it’s taken until yesterday to see someone actually playing with the thing, outside of the proof-of-concept announcement trailer. The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon from 7 December changed that, and debuted footage of the Switch in action.

The video below begins with Fallon and Reggie Fils-Amie, President of Nintendo of America, doing a presentation of the upcoming iOS title Super Mario Run. After that, Reggie surprises the talk show host by lifting a Mystery Block and revealing a Switch unit, running The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Fallon plays the game for a few minutes, giving the world the first look at the Switch actually in action. It’s worth watching the video, just to see Fallon freaking out in excitement, rattling off Switch and Breath of the Wild facts like an utter fanboy.

But Reggie wasn’t the only Nintendo celebrity at the show; Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of basically all of the famous Nintendo games, was in the audience. Later in the show, he joined The Roots, the live band that plays at every Tonight Show, and performed the Mario theme song. Granted, his acoustic guitar strummings got lost amidst all the other instruments, but it’s still cool to watch.