The Tonight Show aired last night with two firsts; the first ever televised demo of the Nintendo Switch and the first Mario mobile game Super Mario Run. The show opens up with Jimmy Fallon on stage with Reggie Fils-Aimé, the president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, and with legendary guest Shigeru Miyamoto the creator, designer, and producer of Super Mario Bros. and many other titles from Nintendo. Between them was a Question Block and behind a screen with the Super Mario Run logo.
First up is a demonstration of Super Mario Run. “There are three main modes to the game” Reggie states listing them off as World Tour, Toad Rally, and Kingdom Builder. World Tour is the featured mode in the demo with Jimmy Fallon which looks like the singleplayer mode in standard Mario fashion. Toad Rally is mentioned to be a multiplayer versus-type mode with the screen behind them showing off a Player 1 Mario chasing after what looks to be a Player 2 either in real-time or more likely against their previously laid time; something that would fall into the theme of “Rally” racing. The last mode being Kingdom Builder which looks to be a creator mode/map maker “where you get to build your own Mario kingdom.”
Super Mario Run will be the biggest Nintendo developed game for mobile yet. It’s been a long time coming for fans wanting Nintendo to get into producing mobile games; in a recent interview The Wall Street Journal commented on their dive into the IOS and Android markets saying “There are more opportunities for consumers to come into contact with a mobile phone than our own gaming devices.”
After a pretty clean run on Super Mario Run, approved by Shigeru Miyamoto himself, Jimmy Fallon and Reggie bring out the Nintendo Switch via the Question Block between them. With some well deserved geeking out, the Switch boots up and the screen behind them is replaced with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Following a quick crisping of a few bokoblin enemies below, Reggie demonstrates the namesake of the Switch: He switched it.
Reggie pulls it from the stand “You take it out and now you’re gaming right on the system… the machine is here; everything is here, the games are here” and with it the proper level of giddy excitement on Jimmy Fallon’s part.
Super Mario Run is scheduled for release first on iOS on December 15th then on Andriod later in 2017. The Nintendo Switch is launching next March and Nintendo will be releasing more info on the console on January 12th.
Seeing the Switch brings back a lot of memories for me. Nothing has captivated me in gaming quite like the GameCube and Game Boy Color did, but with the Nintendo rumored to be getting GameCube games and the diverse experiences promised, I can’t help to feel like an excited kid version of me again.