Jimmy Fallon was visited last night by Reggie Fils-Aimé and Shigeru Miyamoto. They came to show off Super Mario Run, but they also unveiled the switch. Super Mario Run looked really fun, and I can't wait until the 15th, but I really want to talk about the Switch. We already knew that Breath of the Wild was coming to the Switch, so part of me was hoping that we would see a different game when they lifted the question block, and Jimmy pretended to be surprised.
First off we see link in yet another outfit. I like the idea that link is constantly upgrading and changing his gear throughout the game. That is something that I forgot about until just now, in Breath of the Wild the gear, that Link acquires throughout his adventures, has stats. This is something new to the franchise. In the past link would have one or two tunics, they would impart special abilities, perhaps Link could swim faster, or hold his breath longer, or be resistant to fire. But Breath of the wild, getting a new tunic might happen more often. I'm excited about this kind of progression coming to a Zelda game.
At one point Reggie uses a boulder and some explosives to kill a group of Bokoblins that are camping out and cooking up some meat on a fire outside of some ruins. In the distance you can see a rock formation shaped like a skull. I can totally see link scampering up the side of this rock "face" and crawling through the eye to find a dungeon or some kind of secret. Perhaps a Bokoblin is chilling out inside to give you some rupees "It's a secret to everybody"
The one thing that I've always noticed about Breath of the Wild was that the grass looked a bit pixelated. I didn't see any of that on the switch version. The grass looked crisp I didn't notice any frame rate issues that we've seen in past videos, but then again, people are always complaining about framerates in games and I usually don't notice issues like that. Jimmy was chomping at the bit to play, but Reggie had to get through his whole sales pitch, Reggie pulls the console out of its dock and I know that he's a big guy, but damn if the console didn't look super thin in his hands. I don't think this thing is going to be heavy in your hands which is a really good thing.
On the top we can see a spot for the game cartridges, although I thought that those were going to go in on the bottom. a vent, which we knew was going to be there. There are a few other things that we see, I believe there is a power button on the left side, slightly recessed so you can't turn off the console by accident. Just to the right of the possible power button there is something slightly wider and I'm not sure, but could this be the button to put the switch into sleep mode. This is something we're giving up by losing the clam shell design of the 3DS. It is very satisfying to just close your device and take care of something quickly, than save your game and turn it off. I hope this button is the equivalent of closing the clam shell. Between the cartridge slot ant the vent is what looks to be a 3.5 mm headphone jack (this should have been on the bottom of the console, its just more ergonomic. Speaking of the bottom of the console at one point Jimmy is showing off that he knows about the system and pulls the kickstand out, you can't see much of the bottom, because his hand is covering it, but it definitely looks like a USB C connector. To either side power port we can see two more holes which might be screws, I can't really tell. It looked like the screen had a lot of glare on it. But a television show isn't the best place to be playing something like this. there are lights everywhere. I hope that the screen is as good as my iPad, that thing hardly has any glare at all, and always looks great.
I love that Jimmy asked the right question, though Reggie dodged it. "So this is the actual machine, like so is anything left on this thing like..." He was talking about the cradle where you plug it in. I don't think Reggie was being evasive, I think he has things that he plans on saying, and was just focusing on his own narrative, and while Jimmy Fallon is famous for being excited about everything, he probably wasn't expecting a late night talk show host to be quite so excited to play.