Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo Switch vs. Wii U

Zelda: Breath of the Wild is by far the most anticipated launch title for the Nintendo Switch. It’s the only reason why I would personally consider purchasing a Switch at launch, but let’s not forget, this title is going to be available on other platforms as well.

Well, one other platform. The platform that Nintendo is going to eventually take out behind the shed and put out of its misery sooner rather than later.

Back at E3 2016, series producer Eiji Aonuma, promised that the Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Wii U and the Switch will essentially be the same experience. IGN was able to get confirmation on both games’ specs and it appears that Aonuma is pretty much spot on.

  • Both launch on the same day, March 3.
  • Both have a frame rate of 30fps.
  • Both versions of the game offer the same content.
  • On a TV, the Nintendo Switch version of the game renders in 900p while the Wii U version renders in 720p.
  • The Nintendo Switch version has higher-quality environmental sounds. As a result, the sound of steps, water, grass, etc. are more realistic and enhance the game’s Open-Air feel.
  • The physical copy of the Wii U version will require 3GB of available memory on the Wii U system or an external drive.
  • Some icons, such as onscreen buttons, differ between the two versions.
  • A Special Edition and Master Edition of the Wii U version are not available.

A bit of a bummer that the Switch version of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can’t get to 1080p, but what can you do?

[Source: IGN]

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