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The Nintendo Switch is obviously a gaming device and that is its main purpose, but that doesn't stop people from doing some creative experiments. The latest creative endeavor is a short film from Russia that involves a Switch, a banana and, among other things, skydiving.
The video, created by Valera Boluchevsky and Richard Chirkin is straight out of a drug-induced hallucination, with the Switch being offered as an upgrade to an old SNES. From there, you get a variety of short adventures, from playing on an apartment roof, to playing while riding on a bike and a train. They then jump out of a plane, which is apprently the first time a Switch has been taken skydiving. The good news is that they apparently remembered to pull the ripcord.
And, all the while, the banana and a mysterious helmet-wearing man in yellow follows them around. A plunge into the water sans Switch breaks the supposed dream sequence.
It's whacky, crazy and off the wall, and probably an appropriate item to present as we approach hump day. Dissect and enjoy.
[Update: 08:50] Telltale has also announced an agreement with Sony. This'll see Telltale publish retail PlayStation 3 versions of its PlayStation Network games, also starting with BTTF, also at $20.
Adventure game aficionado Telltale Games will be bringing its Back to the Future: The Game to Wii this October as a $20 retail release, after signing up as an official Nintendo publisher. Being on a disc should let Telltale avoid the problems that troubled its previous WiiWare releases.
"Securing a publishing agreement with Nintendo of America ensures that we can make our popular content available on every major console platform," Telltale CEO Dan Connors said in the announcement. "This signing is a significant milestone in our long-term growth strategy."
Telltale has released games for Wii before, but only as WiiWare downloads, where they had to deal with Nintendo's small size limit. WiiWare is hardly a high-profile sales channel, too.
"The voices and textures are the way they are because we're limited to 40 megs for WiiWare titles," one Telltale member said of Tales of Monkey Island Episode 1. "The PC versions of our games are usually 150+ megs, and most modern games range anywhere from 1-10 gigabytes or more. Talk to Nintendo about this one."
Being a retail disc, Back to the Future on Wii should hopefully look and sound a lot better. It was originally released in five episodes for PC, Mac, PlayStation 3, and iPad. The first episode launched in December 2010 on PC, with the last arriving this June.
Telltale is working on a tasty slate of big-named licensed adaptations that'd easily find homes in the Wiis found in almost every living room across the land. Along with Jurassic Park: The Game, it's working on games based upon Law & Order: Los Angeles, The Walking Dead, and comic book Fables.
Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.
Today's Filter includes dev diaries for Assassin's Creed Revelations and Driver: San Francisco along with new videos for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, FIFA Soccer 12, Back to the Future, and Orcs Must Die.
Assassin's Creed Revelations
Orcs Must Die
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon
Driver: San Francisco
FIFA Soccer 12
Back to the Future
Telltale's episodic Back to the Future games have been wonderful offerings of fan service. AJ LoCascio's portrayal of Marty McFly, in particular, helps cement the experience as an authentic continuation of the classic films. But, Telltale has one more secret to share: Michael J. Fox will be making an appearance in the final episode of the series, OUTATIME.
The developer isn't revealing exactly what character Fox will play, but apparently Marty has met this character in the original film series. Can you figure it out from the screen above?
The final episode will be available on PC and Mac on June 23. iPad and PS3 releases will follow shortly.