Nintendo Switch skydiving ad is the best fan-made commercial we've seen in a while


The Nintendo Switch has already seen some interesting promotions. The Switch's Super Bowl ad and its appearance on The Tonight Show already surpass the Wii U in how varied the console's advertising has been. The newest commercial for the Switch shows a player jumping out of a plane with their portable console. Even crazier: This commercial wasn't made by Nintendo.

Nintendo Switch skydiving ad: Nintendo didn't even make this

The first-person visuals of "Banana Switch" come from ??? on Youtube. They feature Nintendo gamers playing the Super Nintendo then receiving a Switch, allowing them to play on the go. A Diddy-like character in a backwards hat follows your character as they venture outside to play Mario Kart and Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The portable system takes your POV to the bus, a bike and, as the thumbnail below suggests, the open sky. Hit the play button for three minutes of impressive views.

This video may not rack up as many views as the original Nintendo Switch announcement trailer, even if skydiving with a GoPro is a little cooler than playing Skyrim on an airplane. But it's worth noting the effort required for the transitions, recording in various locations and, of course, falling through the sky. Despite the YouTube ad's thrill-seeking, adventurous nature, nothing may match the initial hype of that first Switch announcement.

"Banana Switch" is — between the Diddy character, the bananas and the noises — very clearly Donkey Kong themed, though it draws attention to the lack of a Donkey Kong game on Switch. Let's hope Nintendo brings the tie-wearing monkey's catalog of games to the system when they finally port over the virtual console.

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