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Nintendo Switch Commercial Used Prototype Hardware, No Games Were Running

Nintendo Switch footage released last week and we got to finally see the future of Nintendo hardware. The company not only showed its hardware but plenty of games were seen running on the platform such as The Elder Scrolls Skyrim, NBA 2K17, Zelda Breath of the Wild and more.

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However, the internet quickly found out that the games weren’t actually running Nintendo Switch. The footage was added post-production and the editor didn’t really do a very good job hiding the fact. In one shot, the footage overlaps with the player’s shirt.

Nintendo has now confirmed to Eurogamer:

This video is all about explaining how the Nintendo Switch works, a UK spokesperson said. We wanted to convey in a self-contained video how Nintendo Switch represents a new era for video game systems enjoyed in front of a TV, by letting gamers play anywhere, anytime, with anyone they choose. It adds the mobility of a portable system to the power of a home gaming system

Bethesda, EA, nor Nintendo has confirmed that these games are coming to Switch. However, they wouldn’t have allowed the use of their games in such a manner if there wasn’t anything in production.

Using post-production footage is nothing new to the industry. The actors in the footage were using prototype hardware and there was nothing running on the Switch. This is done in part to make sure the footage looks as sharp and clear as possible.