Nintendo Details Zelda: Breath of the Wild Differences Between Switch & Wii U Versions


Nintendo has explained the differences between the Wii U and Nintendo Switch versions of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

While both versions are aimed to offer the same Zelda experience, the Switch version benefits from a higher resolution and higher-quality environmental sounds. Talking to IGN, Nintendo provided the following “key facts” about both Breath of the Wild versions:

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  • 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.

While the title runs at 900p when docked, Breath of the Wild renders in 720p when played in portable mode. As covered earlier this week, the new Zelda supports the Switch’s “HD Rumble” feature to feel specific sensations through the Switch Joy-Con controller.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be released simultaneously with the Nintendo Switch on March 3.