In what could only be described as a very hype 10-minute late night talk show segment, Nintendo returns to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon with Reggie Fils-Aime and a special surprise guest in the audience: Shigeru Miyamoto!
The excitement on Jimmy Fallon’s face, above, says it all. While he only played Nintendo’s upcoming mobile game, Super Mario Run, for about two minutes, that small duration of time was electrifying. Viewers got a look at some of the game mechanics, which include Mario’s wall-jumping, collecting special coins, invincibility stars (Super Stars), dodging Piranha Plants & hurdling Goombas, and even the epic flag-leap of old where Fallon proceeded to almost reach the top with a rank of 7 (supposing 10 is the highest, of course) in his playthrough. Also of note: it seems as though players can perform the “Mario Tornado” spinning attack by tapping while in the air.
In a surprising follow-up to the Super Mario Run segment, Reggie unveiled the question-mark block between them to reveal the “Nintendo Switch” console ready to be shown off. Before playing a minimal amount of the new Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Fils-Aime reminded viewers that there will be more information about the “Nintendo Switch” on January 12th. Of course, Breath of the Wild looks as beautiful as ever –
All in all, it was wonderful to see Reggie Fils-Aime grace The Tonight Show with his presence again, but even more-so to see Shigeru Miyamoto (whom Fallon praised at the beginning of the show) there to cheer him on in the audience. For anyone who has not seen the segment, please see the video below –
“Nintendo Switch” and Super Mario Run will both be available in the future, with the latter releasing on December 15th, 2016, and the former releasing in March 2017. And as an added bonus to all the hype of the night, Miyamoto-san also pulled out the guitar to jam with the legendary Tonight Show band “The Roots” for a fun rendition of the Super Mario theme song –