Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left To Cry” is one of the hottest songs on Earth right now, and Nintendo smartly is getting in on that to promote Nintendo Labo. Yes, really.
Jimmy Fallon and his house band The Roots performed the song in its entirety with Grande using cardboard instruments from Nintendo Labo. This is a version of Fallon’s silly “Classroom Instruments” segment where he and his band perform popular songs like Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” and Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” with kazoos and melodicas. This “No Tears Left To Cry” segment is probably the best produced video of the bunch.
The video never mentions it, but this is surely a paid promotion from Nintendo for Labo. Video games paying to appear on late night TV is nothing new, as publishers regularly pay for their games to appear on Conan O’Brien’s show. Additionally, Fallon’s show in years past has held a “video game week” where some of the guests are people from the industry.
In 2016, Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime appeared on Fallon’s late night TV show to show off the Nintendo Switch. During the same broadcast, legendary Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto performed the Super Mario Bros. theme music with The Roots.
In case you’re wondering, here’s the full rundown of who played what for Fallon’s incredible version of “No Tears Left To Cry.”
- Ariana Grande – Vocals
- Jimmy Fallon – Guitar, Piano Studio
- Questlove – Robot Kit
- Black Thought – Electric Guitar Fishing Rod
- Kamal Gray – Toy-Con Piano x2 (Organ)
- James Poyser – Toy-Con Piano x2
- Captain Kirk – Acoustic Guitar
- Mark Kelley – Bass Guitar
- Stro – Toy-Con Garage Drum Machine
GameSpot’s Nintendo Labo review scored the game a 7/10. Reviewer Kallie Plagge said, “It’s a remarkable educational tool and an opportunity to see your creations come to life, and that’s something very special, even if the games themselves don’t stand out.”