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Guests react to Nintendo Switch Hands-On Premiere in Melbourne!

17 January 2017

Thanks for playing!

A humble thank you to all of our guests that attended our Nintendo Switch Hands-On Premiere from 14th to 15th January 2017 at the Melbourne Convention Centre – which included media, business partners and Nintendo enthusiasts from local communities!

Many of our guests travelled from interstate and even New Zealand to get their first hands-on opportunity with the Nintendo Switch before its 3rd March launch, as well as a selection of accessories and a range of upcoming titles from Nintendo and our 3rd party partners.

Even Mario himself made an appearance to share the excitement of this special event!

Guests’ reactions to Nintendo Switch and showcased Nintendo titles...

Attending guests of various ages and walks of life were thrilled to get their hands on the Nintendo Switch and a range of upcoming software, witnessing firsthand how easily the system can integrate into their individual lifestyles with its different play modes: TV, Tabletop and Handheld.


1-2-Switch drew many laughs from those who ventured in to experience a selection of minigames, with eager players coming back for more 1-2-Switch action throughout the event!

1-2-Switch minigame, Ball Count, was a crowd favourite, with players using the Joy-Con to guess the amount of marbles rolling around inside, simulated by the Joy-Con’s HD Rumble. Many players commented on the ‘realistic precision’ of the HD Rumble, stating that it 'actually felt like there were marbles rolling around inside the Joy-Con.’

While the minigame Eating Contest allowed players to experience the Joy-Con IR Motion Camera, minigames Milk, Quick Draw and Samurai Training not only demonstrated the accelerometer and gyroscope motion sensor technology of the Joy-Con, but also brought out players' competitive spirit as they determinedly challenged their friends’ skills!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Zelda fans and newcomers alike ventured into the wild of Hyrule for the first time on Nintendo Switch, amongst the greenery of our The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild booth, including photo opportunities!

This demo experience allowed players to fully immerse themselves in the gameplay and open-air feel of Hyrule, from the natural sound effects of grass rustling beneath Link’s feet to the sweeping cinematics on both TV and Handheld modes.

In the first half of the demo, players tried out TV Mode using either the Joy-Con Grip or Pro Controller. Experienced players were pleasantly surprised by how comfortable the Joy-Con Grip and Pro Controller felt in their hands.

The second half of the demo allowed players to alternate between TV Mode and Handheld Mode, with players excited to witness the easy transition with their own eyes!

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Guests switched between the three play modes (TV, Tabletop and Handheld) of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, stirring players’ anticipation of Mario Kart races and battles anytime, anywhere – from the comfort of their own loungeroom to battling it out at their local café!

Players of all ages expressed their ease in using the Joy-Con as controllers, with many surprised by the responsive HD Rumble and motion-control technology packed into such lightweight and comfortable Joy-Con.

Nostalgic Mario Kart fans celebrated features such as the reintroduction of multiple items, refined Battle Mode and graphics, while newcomers and younger players took advantage of the new Smart Driver option.


Guests at the ARMS booth were keen to share their tips and strategies to conquering their opponents, with players identifying the different strengths and abilities of each unique ARMS character.

Players quickly mastered the Joy-Con controls, stating that the 'seamless’ motion control technology felt ‘intuitive' and ‘natural.'

Overall, players were generally interested in the social and strategic elements of ARMS, stating that they couldn’t wait to take it along to get-togethers with friends!

Splatoon 2

Splatoon fans and newcomers alike joined in the paint-splattering multiplayer fun at the Splatoon 2 booth, with the series gaining many new fans, who kept returning again and again for more of the colourful, laughter-inducing, inky action!

Experienced Splatoon players regarded Splatoon 2 as finely-tuned with its Nintendo Switch gameplay mechanics across the various modes, and newcomers found the controls fun to learn and easy to master.

Snipperclips: Cut it out, together!

Guests were intrigued by the gameplay mechanics of Snipperclips: Cut it out, together!, but those who played the game enjoyed the social and cooperative aspects of using communication to solve puzzles together.

The bonus? The character cookies!  

Upcoming 3rd Party Titles

Nintendo Switch will be supported by world-class third-party publishers including Activision Publishing Inc., Electronic Arts, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and major Japanese publishers.

Some of these titles were available for hands on play at the event, including fan favourites Super Bomberman R, Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers, Sonic Mania, Fast RMX, Disgaea 5 and more!

Take a look at a range of titles in development to Nintendo Switch from Nintendo and 3rd party partners!

Take a look at a range of titles in development to Nintendo Switch from Nintendo and 3rd party partners!

Please stay tuned to nintendo.com.au for local release information for these titles

The Super Mario Odyssey photo booth allowed many happy Nintendo fans to capture fun memories!

Alongside the sea of smiles that we witnessed throughout the weekend, it was truly our pleasure to share the excitement of Nintendo Switch with you.

Stay tuned for more updates about Nintendo Switch in the lead-up to Launch Day: 3rd March 2017!

For more information about Nintendo Switch, click the link here!