How different will Breath of the Wild for Wii U be from the Switch version? It’s a question that’s undoubtedly been on the backs of the minds of Wii U owners for some time; in particular if those same owners aren’t ready to switch to the Switch for reasons of their own. With news of enhanced ports and outright sequels for some of the Wii U’s better titles coming to the Switch, fans have every reason to worry what they may be missing out on if they don’t shell out for a new console.
Change is inevitable with every console launch, but there’s no reason to exactly worry if you’re sticking to your Wii U. While Breath of the Wild will look shinier on the Switch, content-wise there are no differences between the two versions. You’ll still be getting the same amazing game — one of Nintendo’s biggest releases to date, if not the biggest — and you’ll get it on the same day as everyone else when it releases on March 3, 2017. Even the 30 fps frame rate is the same for both versions.
But yes, there are differences. Recently, IGN sat down with Nintendo to get the specifics. Here is what they learned:
- 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.
In all, a largely technical list of differences. Perhaps the most disappointing one is the lack of any special editions for Wii U owners. If you were planning on spending that much on the game, you can still spend your Rupees on the new Amiibo line that will be launching at the same time. Or perhaps the differences listed above are enough to spur you into pre-ordering a Switch? Let us know what version(s) you plan on getting, and why. We’ll just be over here counting the days until release.