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Today we were lucky enough to attend the UK premiere of the Switch, the latest games console from the Japanese gaming giant Nintendo. The event took place at the Hammersmith Apollo in London and was filled with Switch units running some of the titles we'll be playing on the platform in 2017.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe had its own section, as did the promising-looking ARMS, which is actually a lot more enjoyable than video footage suggests. Elsewhere, 1-2-Switch had a moderately large stand, with different Switch consoles playing each of the title's one-on-one mini-games. "Milk" was perhaps the most entertaining; the objective is to produce more white stuff from a virtual cow's udder than your rival by performing a precise (and, when taken out of context, quite rude-looking) milking motion with the Joy-Con. Ahem.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild naturally had a large section of the floor and looks positively lovely, whether it's in 1080p on a TV screen or on the screen of the Switch itself - which, we should mention, looks absolutely gorgeous, with striking brightness and punchy colour. Splatoon 2 was the other big game of the show, and naturally ensnared our resident fan Alex Olney for quite some time.

Finally, third-party games were limited to one demo pod each on one of the far walls, but despite this, they attracted a fair amount of attention, especially Sonic Mania and Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers.

Anyway, enough talk - check out the images on this very page and let us know what you think of Switch - and its software - so far. You can also check out the full gallery of images from the event over on our Facebook page.