NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" got its game on recently with Nintendo guru Shigeru Miyamoto sitting in with the show's house band The Roots, and host Jimmy Fallon getting to debut the upcoming Nintendo Switch console - much to his extreme delight.
Miyamoto has been with Nintendo since 1977 and is known for creating some of their most iconic games, including the "Donkey Kong," "Mario" and "Legend of Zelda" franchises that have helped define the company as a video game institution. In 2014 Time compared Miyamoto's impact in the gaming world to that of Steven Spielberg in feature films. He joined The Roots to play perhaps the best version ever of the "Super Mario Bros." theme song, complete with Fallon walking by in front of the band holding a power-up cube. If you missed the excellent performance, you can watch it now by using the media player included with this article.
Also on the same night, Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime let Fallon play the new "Super Mario Run" mobile game, which launches on Dec. 15. That would have been awesome, except that Fallon had to do it with Miyamoto sitting in the audience laughing the entire way through. After that he had a proper freak-out when Fils-Aime unveiled the new Nintendo Switch console and let him check out the Switch version of "The Legend of Zelda." That segment can be watched here.
All of this gaming geekery comes as no surprise to Fallon fans because video gaming is a significant part of his "Tonight Show," especially if it has anything to do with Nintendo. When he had NASCAR's Championship Four drivers as guests two weeks ago their segment involved a mini "Mario Kart" tournament that was won by Team Penske's Joey Logano. Fallon also had Fils-Aime on "The Tonight Show" three years ago when it was time for Nintendo to demonstrate the Wii U console. But perhaps no segment was funnier than when he freaked out on Michael Cera over "Mario Kart."
Having Miyamoto join The Roots, though, is one of those once in a lifetime moments that gamers and music fans alike will remember. It made the "Super Mario Bros." theme even cooler and will go down as one of "The Tonight Show's" best musical segments.
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