What’s the Difference Between Wii U and Nintendo Switch Breath of the Wild Versions?

By   /   Jan 18, 2017
Nintendo Switch Breath of the Wild

It is a miracle that Nintendo never canceled The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Wii U. For a long time, we actually believed that it would eventually happen. However, Nintendo has pulled it off and managed to complete the game for both Wii U and Nintendo Switch.

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What we now like to know is that difference between Wii U and Nintendo Switch Breath of the Wild versions? Are they both the same or Nintendo had to cut corners on Wii U?

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In an interview with IGN, Nintendo confirmed the following differences between Wii U and Breath of the Wild versions.

  • 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.

Nintendo Switch is releasing on March 3rd as well and Zelda is not only the highlight for Switch, but also for Wii U this year. This may be the only Zelda game to ever release on Wii U as Nintendo’s software support is going to shift its complete focus on Switch.

Nintendo Switch Breath of the Wild is available for pre-order across the globe.