The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – the latest entry in the long-standing fantasy franchise – is slated to launch simultaneously on Wii U and Switch on March 3. Nintendo opened up about some of the technical differences between the versions.
Because the Switch version is running on stronger, newer hardware, a higher resolution is to be expected – but that’s not all. Here are some of the similarities and differences between the Wii U and Switch versions of the game, as supplied to GameSpot:
- Both launch on the same day, March 3.
- Both have a frame rate of 30 FPS.
- 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 3 GB of available memory on the Wii U system or an external drive.
- Some icons, such as on-screen buttons, differ between the two versions.
- A Special Edition and Master Edition of the Wii U version are not available.
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