The Switch And Wii U Versions Of ‘Zelda: Breath Of The Wild’ Are Graphically Very Similar – Forbes

(Photo credit: Nintendo)

(Photo credit: Nintendo)

Now that we have confirmed footage of the Nintendo Switch version of Zelda: Breath of the Wild widely available, it was inevitable that someone would compare it to the Wii U release. The result is that both versions are really quite similar to one another.

While there are some differences between the two versions, with the Switch looking a bit better and crisper overall, there really isn’t much between them (shown below).

What would be a more interesting comparison is how Breath of the Wild looks either on Switch when it is docked or in handheld mode. On my playthrough at the recent Tokyo event, I noticed that the framerate while in handheld mode was slightly lower. However, as I only had 20 minutes with the game I wasn’t able to investigate further.

In any case, this kind of console comparison for Breath of the Wild really reminds me of the release for Twilight Princess back at the launch of the original Wii.

Released on both the GameCube and Wii, Twilight Princess looked practically identical across both platforms. That game went on to sell over 5 million copies on the Wii and over a million on the GameCube, resulting in it being the best selling game in the series.

Even with the graphical parity between the two versions of Twilight Princess, the game went on to be a huge system seller for the original Wii. So I think it’s safe to say that Breath of the Wild will do likewise for the Switch.

I am glad that we’re still getting the game on the Wii U though. While that console has done very poorly overall, it’s nice to think that it will get a proper send off with a new mainline Zelda game.

One thing that is worth mentioning though, with Twilight Princess the better version of the game was the GameCube release. Not for its graphics but its controls, something the HD re-release exemplified on the Wii U.

It will be interesting to see then how the Wii U version of Breath of the Wild will fare in terms of its input compared to the Switch.

In any case, Zelda: Breath of the Wild is released on March 3rd, so we won’t have long until we find out.

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