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Here’s the Differences Between the Switch & Wii U Versions of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Wondering which version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild you should be getting?

Dave Karev

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The key differences between the Switch and Wii U versions of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild may not be as substantial as some might of thought. Providing IGN with a statement, Nintendo explained the main differences between the Switch and Wii U versions of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. For the most part, Breath of the Wild seems to be pretty much the same on both consoles. With the exception of the Switch running at a higher resolution, and having higher-quality environmental sounds.

Both versions of the game will launch on the same day, March 3. And will contain the same in-game content, as well as a frame rate of 30fps. For the Wii U owners who patiently waited for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to release, can probably just pick up The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Wii U and presumably have the same experience as the Switch players. Some may be disappointed, especially those picking up the Nintendo Switch version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But hey, let’s not forget that Twilight Princess launched on both the Gamecube and Wii.

Key differences between the Switch and Wii U versions of Breath of the Wild:

  • 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.

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