A Portuguese Nintendo Switch commercial accidentally shows off the developer menu of the new Nintendo console, which comes with a few surprises for viewers.

Although it was a long time coming, Nintendo fans were finally able to get some solid facts on the Switch console at the beginning of this year. With news regarding the system’s launch lineup and HDD space on the cards, gamers were able to paint a better picture on what to expect from the console when it arrives. Portuguese Nintendo users, however, were recently given even more information than they bargained for – a brief glimpse at a developer only menu.

Nintendo Portugal released a new trailer for the Switch earlier today. That’s all well and good, but it appears as though the trailer that was actually uploaded to YouTube was not the finished product. Rather than the console screen showing bits of gameplay from the likes of 1-2 Switch, instead the trailer showed the system with what appears to be a developer only menu. Although the trailer was pulled quickly by Nintendo, viewers were quick to pick up on the error, and took to sites such as NeoGAF to discuss it.

That the trailer didn’t include live gameplay shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as generally gameplay (or anything running off a screen) is added in post-production in videos such as this. It’s part of the reason why Skyrim was running so smoothly on Switch in the console’s reveal trailer, while the game was still not officially confirmed for the device. Unfortunately, this resulted in an unfinished trailer being uploaded.

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Although this developer menu did not reveal much about the workings of the Switch, there were still a couple of aspects of the menu that gamers may find interesting. For starters, it appears as though the developer menu includes automatic brightness settings and battery percentage indicators. Meanwhile, these Nintendo developer kits also seem to have double the amount of storage, with 64GB rather than the 32GB seen in the retail version.

Thankfully, it now won’t be long before gamers are able to pick up their own copy of the system. The Switch is due to launch on March 3, 2017, and although the bundle does not include a pack-in game or demo, many are confident that the console will outperform the Wii U, such as Reggie Fils-Aime.

So far, it’s looking good for the Switch – at least based on previews of the console so far. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is immense and beautiful based on early experiences with the game, while the tech of the Switch itself is also intriguing with a lot of potential. Although some of the console’s success could rely on the fine balancing act of online play, there’s certainly the chance for the Switch to be successful.

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