It’s real now — the transition of power is complete and we’ve entered unfamiliar, unproven territory. I am of course referring to Nintendo and their Switch console. Nintendo confirmed to Polygon today that after The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild comes out on both Wii U and Switch, Nintendo will never release another game for their older system.
If you still have a Wii U plugged in, you may not feel like the Switch is worth the extra $300 just for a game you can already have, especially since it is the only major release the Switch will sport until this summer. But might the Switch version contain so many improvements over Wii U that it’s worth the thought? IGN published this comparison:
- 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 gameâ€™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.
If “higher-quality environmental sounds” are a deal-breaker for you, get the Switch version. Otherwise, it offers no real difference to the naked eye (or ear).
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild releases March 3.