The first live footage of a Nintendo Switch in action has just appeared, with a demo of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild appearing on last night’s episode of The Tonight Show.
While footage of Breath of the Wild appeared in the Switch’s reveal trailer, it wasn’t actually being played live at the time (chiefly because capturing a screen on camera is really, really difficult to do and make look good, especially if you’re aiming for trailer-level quality). Live footage of the game has appeared before, with demos appearing at E3 and other extensive segments shown off by the Nintendo Treehouse, but all of that came from the Wii U version of the game. Before last night’s appearance, we’d never seen Breath of the Wild being played on an actual Switch.
The entire segment of the show, which stars Jimmy Fallon and Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aimé, runs about 10 minutes long, with a feature on Super Mario Run at the start. The Breath of the Wild appearance begins just before the five-minute mark. Though we don’t see much of the actual gameplay that we haven’t seen before, it’s proof that the game runs?and runs pretty well, from the looks of it.
The segment also shows the Switch’s famous “switch” in action, as the show swaps the console from its home console mode and projector screen display to its handheld, portable form?all without any break in Breath of the Wild‘s gameplay.
As a bonus, Shigeru Miyamoto himself was in the audience. Later on in the show, he picked up his guitar to join The Roots in a Super Mario jam session. If you thought Miyamoto couldn’t get any more adorable, be sure to check out the minute-long segment below to be proven wrong.