Jimmy Fallon is a highly excitable individual, as evidenced by the latest meet-up with Reggie Fils-Aime on The Tonight Show. The Nintendo exec was in town to show off both Super Mario Run and the Nintendo Switch with Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but it was hard to get a word in edgewise with an enthusiastic Jimmy Fallon running ahead and covering the talking points first. Reggie Fils-Aime started with Super Mario Run playing on an iPhone, and it looked just like a modern side-scrolling Mario except with auto-running. Mario runs and jumps through levels getting as many coins as possible, and each section has a special red coin that’s in a tricky spot. For a first time playing Jimmy Fallon did pretty ok, getting three red coins and the invincibility star, and I got the sense that, if the TV time limit wasn’t in the way, he’d have explored the levels more thoroughly.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild took up the other half of the presentation, and this is where Fallon got completely involved. His moves were obviously that of a person playing with new tech for the first time, fumbling a bit with the kickstand in the back of the Switch’s screen when it was removed from the base unit. The presentation made sure it was clear that the game being played was on real (development) Switch hardware, focusing on the screen in Fallon’s hands even when the glare from the stage lights obscured most of the image. As for Zelda, it looked as good as always, but didn’t show off anything that hadn’t been seen before. Even so it was a rare privilege to go hands-on with hardware and one of 2017’s most anticipated games, and if Fallon was maybe selling the enthusiasm a bit hard he also knew what he was talking about.