If there's one thing you can rely on when it comes to Nintendo, it's the fans. Zelda enthusiasts in cosplay, seasoned line-waiters, and a man who flew in from Santiago, Chile all finally got their hands on Nintendo's new hybrid handheld/TV console last night at the flagship Nintendo World store in New York. Fans had endured sleepless nights in lawn chairs, called off of work and waited outside all day every day during store hours for up to a month for a chance to be the first to purchase the The Nintendo Switch and the must-have launch epic, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, both of which were released at the stroke of midnight to the cheers of fans – a scene that was repeated at Best Buys, Targets, Walmarts and Gamestops across the country. Nintendo NY rewarded the flood of devotees with perks like red Switch-branded beanies, free tote bags, a visit from Mario himself and the chance to get their merchandise signed by Nintendo executives like Doug Bowser (yes, he has the same name as Mario's arch enemy), the company's Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Bowser appreciated the fervor. "We believe we're making something great and good," he said. "But when we see them and their excitement and how they react to this, that's what's special for me."There was no shortage of excitement from fans like 19-year-old Alex Pekala – who you may know as YouTuber Captain Nintendo Dude – who waited in line during store hours for an entire month and then camped out around the clock a week prior to the launch, in order to earn his spot as first in line. "Who doesn't wanna coup up and play games, like full console games in your bed?" Pekala said. "But also to be able to take it to a party or a friend's house and connect with them."Other Nintendo fans stopped by to entertain the crowd, with one masked reveller spontaneously breaking into song (Bohemian Rhapsody, since you ask) and another crew showed up with a car complete with a TV and a console to play fan-favorite Super Smash Bros. from the trunk.Releasing the latest Zelda alongside the Switch might just be the masterstroke Nintendo needs to give its newest console the boost that was so conspicuously absent from the Wii U launch in 2012. The game has some of the best reviews ever seen, boasting a stunning 98% on Metacritic at the time of writing.Zelda fan Cindy Abrue took a week off of work to allow herself ample days to attend meetups and play Breath of the Wild at home (even that might not be enough time – the game world is huge). "I was like, 'I'm gonna take a week off of work so I can play this game,'" she said. "'Cause I know if I come to work knowing the game's at home, I will not concentrate and I will mess up."Anthony Luis Rivera and Mustafa Lamb may win the prize for most devoted fans, though. "I always drag this guy around to everything", said Rivera, pointing to his friend. "Here's the kicker. He's anemic and he's out in the cold."