The day of reckoning has come.

Since the day we first earned Breath of the Wild would be coming to both the Wii U and the Nintendo Switch, many have wondered what the differences would be between the both versions and now we will know the answer for Eiji Aonuma has provided IGN with the answer.


Now before you start to hyperventilate and think “Oh god there’s actually going to be some major differences aren’t there?”  The answer would be no there isn’t and while there some differences, they’re not the worst differences in the world and will not ruin the game for you should you decide to stick to the Wii U version and because I’m waffling on, you can find the list of differences right here:

  • 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 these differences are nothing earth shattering, they will go a long way in helping Zelda fans in deciding which version of the game they will purchase. I for one will be getting the Switch version since I’m getting a Switch anyway and I probably only have enough time to play the game once. But what about you? Have you decided on which version you’ll be getting?


Source: IGN

By Jack Longman

In 2015, when rumours of the NX and Zelda U were everywhere, my brother and I started Miketendo64 and we've been running it ever since. As the Editor-in-Chief, I have attended video gaming events in three different countries, been to preview events, and penned more than 4,000 articles to date, ranging from news, to features, reviews, interviews and guides. I love gaming and I love all things Nintendo. I also love Networking, so don't be afaid to reach out. Email: / Website: YouTube channel:

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