Today’s Nintendo Switch news: Nintendo states the obvious about the preview trailer, but also…
- Monster Boy
Nintendo Switch: preview trailer
It’s a via short preview trailer (3mn-long) that Nintendo revealed its new gaming platform: the Nintendo Switch. In that trailer, the actors are seen playing various games: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, an unnannounced Mario game, Skyrim, and an unidentified basketball game.
But of course, they were not actually playing those games, and Nintendo said as much to Eurogamer:
This video is all about explaining how the Nintendo Switch works. […] You shouldn’t assume what you saw on the video represents actual game footage and further specifics on first-party games will be provided later.”
Basically, “footage” of games was added in post-prod. So what does that mean for the Nintendo Switch and its games? Well… nothing much. This is standard practice for any commercial/trailer of that nature. With some rare exceptions, in all commercials featuring people playing games, the actors are not really playing.
And that applies both to preview trailers used to reveal a brand new console or to commercials promoting a game on a 5-year-old console. In fact, this is a common practice that goes beyond just the video game industry. It doesn’t say anything about how far long hardware or software development is going, and is certainly not exclusive to the Nintendo Switch.
About the games shown in the trailer, it’s safe to assume that all those from Nintendo actually do exist, while those from third-party were recorded using another version.
In the latest episode of the Jimquisition, Jim Sterling takes a look back at the preview trailer of the Nintendo Switch, and how much better than the Wii U’s it is… but also how it’s too early to celebrate regarding third-party publishers.
Here’s the episode:
Last week, FDG Entertainment announced they were bringing two games to the Nintendo Switch in 2017. One of them is rumoured to be Oceanhorn, while the second is apparently Monster Boy. FDG Entertainement all but confirmed it yesterday, on Twitter. As such, we have updated our list of confirmed games for the platforms.