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Monday, January 23, 2017

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild — Wii U, or Switch?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Will you SWITCH your pre-order to a SWITCH?

Contrary to the sub-title, I don't have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild pre-ordered. The last The Legend of Zelda game I ever pre-ordered was The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, which has a very similar development history with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Multiple delays for multiple systems. At least the best version of that was the GameCube version, which is the one I pre-ordered. But what's the best version of Breath of the Wild?

On a feature level, the Wii U and Switch versions of Breath of the Wild are the same. On a technical level, the Nintendo Switch version is superior, according to a differences list that Nintendo provided to GameSpot. These technical differences include a higher resolution and crisper sounds on the Switch. The controllers are also obviously different, and I have no idea how the Switch's Joy-Cons compare to the Wii U GamePad since I haven't held the former. (Maybe I should ask Bowser Jr.?)

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild March 3 2017 release date Nintendo Switch versus Wii U
Unless you're in my situation, figuring out which to get isn't hard.

I guess the real question is this: When will you purchase a Nintendo Switch?

If you're going to do so at launch (good luck), then you'll want to buy The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Switch. ...I mean, what else are you going to play? There's no bundled games or anything.

If you're going to stall your purchase of the Nintendo Switch, but wish to play Breath of the Wild sooner rather than later, then obviously you'll want the Wii U version: Unlike Twilight Princess's shenanigans, the two consoles have their versions release simultaneously this March 3rd. (You DID watch the Nintendo Switch Presentation, right? That KoopaTV live-reacted?)

If you somehow were able to obtain an order for a The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Collector's Set (revealed in Nintendo Treehouse Live: Nintendo Switch Edition, and sold out immediately while supplies lasted), then obviously you're locked in to get a Nintendo Switch, since those are only for the Switch.

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Falco Lombardi bird man avian arrows bow
That ain't Falco!
(...Sorry, this isn't relevant, but this is my only chance to use this screenshot in an article.)
If you don't even own a Wii U and you want to play the game, you're going to get a Nintendo Switch and the game on that.

...That leaves... “What if you're going to stall your purchase of the Nintendo Switch, but don't have a particular time preference for when you wish to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild?” ...I'm in that category, at least.

I don't know what to suggest for myself. I was hoping you guys could help out there. I don't care about the resolution difference (my eyes are garbage), and who knows how much more distinct the “crisper sound” is, since the Wii U is already good at good sound effects. (And The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild apparently doesn't have much of a soundtrack, anyway.)

I may need to also consider that my Wii U GamePad is quickly dying on me, which is an argument not to get anything on the Wii U at this point.

In terms of legacy, will Breath of the Wild be considered to be the “Wii U Zelda” or the “Switch Zelda”? I consider The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker to be the “GameCube Zelda” and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword to be the “Wii Zelda”... with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess being neither due to its double-dipping status. (Perhaps THAT'S the Wii U Zelda, with all of the “additions” made to the Wii U version?)

I dunno how many people share my considerations. It could be zero. Why not let me know what you think, comments section?

The trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild definitely convinced Ludwig he should buy the game, but he's not in a rush to. Great trailer, though. It undid the deep scars that watching the E3 2016 Treehouse Live gave him.

When Ludwig wrote “good luck” on getting the Nintendo Switch at launch, he meant it.
Ludwig got the Nintendo Switch version.


  1. Well, I did make a Nintendo Switch preorder in fear of it selling out in North America (which it did), so...
    Zelda on the bus it is!

    (Besides, isn't it *still* 720p on the Wii U?)

  2. If I am getting this then Wii U version only because I need the money for baby related things now rather than spending on a Switch and I even barely have the time to play video games at this point in time.

  3. I'm going to wait and play it on the Switch. It will be a while before I have enough saved up for the system, but like I said before, I still have a backlog of other games to keep me occupied.

    1. So by the time you're done with the backlog, you'll buy a Switch and play Zelda on it.


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