Wii U VS Nintendo Switch Compared: Breath of the Wild




Comparisons between the Wii U and Nintendo Switch versions of the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has given potential buyers some insight into what they can come to expect (or will be forcibly left with) in regards to the game’s graphical prowess, an aspect that may unfortunately impress few given the generally cartoony and last generation look of most Nintendo games.

Videos comparing both the Wii U and Nintendo Switch iterations:

Zelda fans can begin their open world adventure once Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is unleashed upon the world on March 3rd for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U.

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    Comment by Rya
    20:06 16/01/2017 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I wouldn't put it past Nintendo to make the Wii U version worse than it needed to be just to boost Switch sales.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:11 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    What's odd is I can't see much difference at all. Just seems like a slight bit more saturation. Ironically the Wii-U version for the water is closer because the reflection from the water would make him glow blue, not skin-colored, so this comparison doesn't show much beyond a bit of fogginess that technically isn't even necessary for rendering distance.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:55 18/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks like volumetric lighting and some pixel shaders are missing in the WiiU version. As well as foliage.

    As long as the physics mechanics still work, I'll be happy to have a 3rd game for my sorely neglected WiiU!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:06 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    higher resolution and better shadows. that's about it.
    you can't expect much from an underpowered console.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:13 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    If you want performance, buy a pc.

    Consoles are for exclusives. You don't buy a console to save money. That is short term smart but long term stupid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:34 18/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    ....because a wiiu game will come out for pc right? gtfo with your pc master race bull crap

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:16 20/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually the WiiU has been fully emulated on PC for some time now, with most of the games fully functional. They've even got custom skins that can be applied to multiple games like Bayonetta and Super Smash Bros.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Buy pc + enjoy buying new video card every half year just to play a shitty pc port with lots of bugs cause who cares optimizing games for pc? Pc is all about grinding money on hardware speculations.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:21 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most PC gamers don't actually buy a new video card every half year though...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:25 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I haven't had to buy a new Graphics card in 4+ Years, and my card wasn't even top of the line when I got it =P
    No issue running newer games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:07 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stupidest thing I have read in ages.

    Comment by Anonymous

    No brain to understand the meaning of the text perhaps. If there were any you would not buy a pc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:58 19/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    tfw you read the comment of a guy who probably bought video cards for 1000 every year when most people aren't that stupid

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:15 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    wii u, even a tablet is more powerful

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:25 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I wish they didn't put so much tech in the damn Joycons. HD Rumble and IR sensors are so pointless. The production costs should've gone to make the console a little stronger or at least putting more memory than 32gb in there. But nope, now if you lose your Joycons you gotta shell out $80 just so you can count ice cubes in an imaginary glass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:04 16/01/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Not as much difference as one would expect from a generation change. Sure it's Nintendo, but still.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:57 16/01/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's basically a situation with the Gamecube and the Wii. The Wii wasn't that different graphically to the Gamecube, mostly as it wasn't that much of an upgrade power wise.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:58 16/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can't expect too much of a difference on a game that runs on both hardwares. You would need a game that is made exclusively for the Nintendo Switch to really get a full idea of the difference in capabilities.

    Comment by WEL
    09:31 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not really. Geometry and art would have to stay the same but on more powerful hardware it shouldn't be impossible to raise the resolution of textures, improve lighting and post-process effects with little effort. But the biggest blunder is the lack of AA because it makes the game look like it is from a decade ago.

    Mario Odyssey's lack of AA make sense since the game will run 60fps but the graphics of this new Zelda aren't very impressive tech wise. All they did was port it straight from the Wii U and call it a day.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:16 16/01/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It´s... the same, exect 2 or 3 detaills and the color.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:52 16/01/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    honestly the switch hardware specs to be more comparable to a playstation vita than to either a ps4 or xbone. Yes its faster but likely the higher rez video the switch supports eats much of that bump.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I hope you realize that the Vita is less powerful than the Wii U right? Switch is at least Wii U 1.5 in terms of power. Honestly would expect something like a Quad core NVidia processor(They're doing the chip), 2gbs of ram and something better than the Wii U for the graphics.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:46 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Meh, Switch seems more overrated and gimmicky than anything else they've come up with recently. It seems like just a big overgrown Nintendo DS. Regardless I'm unimpressed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:17 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    At £279/$299 it'll never be the Wii either in terms of success. It should have been £179/$199 at launch.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:02 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo sells its consoles at a profit unlike Microsoft and Sony who sell for less than production cost and get the money from games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:49 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Microsoft and Sony are making money on their machines now. Meanwhile the Switch is launching at a more expensive price point with literally no games. And the only game that people want is also out on the Wii U on the same day. What could possibly go wrong? You'd think Nintendo would have learned from having an expensive machine with no games with the Wii U.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:58 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its a console targeting 5-10 years kids, what do you want from it? Its like saying that you are unimpressed by eating your stake with a plastic fork for toddlers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:31 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo still is cranking out hardware they call "new" that does no better than my 10 year old pc which hasnt seen a single upgrade since I built it.

    I end up saving a lot of money buying older (and generally better) games on GOG than I would if I were to upgrade this machine or switch to even Nintendo's relatively cheap consoles and "$5 bargain bin a month after release" games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:50 20/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I looked at both sides a few times to really get an indepth insight because I wanted to see the differences. I first thought Wii U was better with the lighting effects in that chamber but then I saw that overall the Switch version is overall much better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:04 18/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Heard this runs at a tiny resolution and at 30fps, so no thanks. It's not Metroid enough.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:06 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Switch looks like Nintendo partnered with NVIDIA and used the already made Shield Tablet. Coping Sony which made its Xperia Z line of phones and tablets which can sync to your PSN to play games through a add on designed phone controller or the PS4 controller its self.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    03:09 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ha, ha.. so the Switch will be as much of a failure as the Wii U,.. only Nintendofags will buy one.

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    Comment by Indra EMC
    01:59 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Switch are just "Portable Wii U"

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    Comment by Chen-04
    05:23 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    This kind of implies that the Wii U had any worth whatsoever, which it didn't.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:35 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    yeah, biggest mistake in my life was pre-ordering my wii-u.
    regreted it ever since...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:00 18/01/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Aaaaaaand Switch is already sold out at all US retailers. Sorry, anon. Nintendo has already pulled a Nintendo move on you. Distributing too little machines to create false demand. Typically Nintendo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:41 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Pre-ordering anything that doesn't have a limited production run is a silly idea.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:00 18/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    pre ordering consoles is ALWAYS worth it. Because even if it turns out to suck you can resale for a higher price. Always pre order consoles, never pre order games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:58 16/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    From watching those videos, there's literally no reason why any Wii U owner should buy a Switch at launch just to play this game when they can just buy the Wii U edition.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:01 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Other than better performance,looks noticeably better, being able to take it anywhere you see fit in the house or outside, and having the Switch now rather than possibly not get one should you wait too long and ppl decide to buy them for whatever reason could crop up in the future.

    + I think the Joycons will make it quite an enjoyable experience.

    I have a PS4 but the games I want are pretty spaced out, so having the switch just fills in those voids. I only have the Sony/Nintendo consoles for the exclusives and everything else I play on pc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:34 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    more than likely the switch downgrades graphics "on the go" to vita like pixel-salad

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:13 19/01/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Looks noticeably better? Did you actually watch the videos? The biggest difference was color, and I am inclined to believe the color was simply off on the wiiu recording, because even the white flash at the start was not truly white. I bet just simply adjusting the color balance fixes that.
    Besides, the wiiu version was taken from E3 LAST YEAR.
    The draw distance was clearer, but again, the wiiu video is over 6 months old. It may not be the same now.

    The only advancement is it is portable. But the battery dies quick. 3 hours with Zelda. You better have a battery charger ready.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:39 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    You are probably right, but maybe the frame rate is better. If it is then there would be a reason.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:48 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think the Wii U version has better coloring in many scenes. Especially when it goes outdoors and links hair is far more yellow then seems natural.

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    Comment by oldtaku
    12:12 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    That doesn't look like $300 worth of difference.

    Though if you skipped the Wii U entirely and you're a Zelda fanatic you've probably already got Switch pre-ordered.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:20 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I skipped the Wii U and I love Zelda, but I'm not buying either.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    04:21 20/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I skipped the Wii U (and Wii) and I'm a huge Zelda fan, but I didn't preorder. Last time I preordered it was WindWaker and that was kind of a disappointment. Good, but not as awesome as I had hoped.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:38 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    i am only impress if they stop fucking release MH on 3ds ..and go to switch.

    If MH is release on switch, i will buy it.. other wise forget it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:32 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    dont forget, no REAL Pokemon game on WII-U is a freaking joke, considering they plan one on the switch...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:42 17/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like the darker look of the Wii-U, don't need a switch yet. Maybe when they decide to make a new Metroid for it.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    04:19 20/01/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo hates Metroid, though. It was invented by the guy they had killed in a traffic accident around 2000.

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