Wii U vs Switch: How Does Zelda: Breath of the Wild Compare

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It's time to say farewell to the Wii U, and what better way to do so than with such a stellar title as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

The Nintendo Switch is two consoles in one: at times, a handheld device running only off of the computing power that can be fit into a small tablet, at others a living room console that sits in a dock and beams to the TV. A number of players have already managed to get their hands on the title, which was launched on Wii U and the Nintendo Switch.

You won't get far in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild before realizing that you need a larger health pool. Both consoles also have 20fps hard-lock in place to avoid the game dropping below this threshold.

In terms of the overall visual assets, though, as Digital Foundry reports that the entire graphics pipeline is identical. Because of that, many gamers might be wondering if there are any major differences between the two versions of Zelda, or more specifically, how the Wii U version compares to the Switch version.

According to the fps-analysing ninjas over at Digital Foundry, Link's latest adventure actually offers smoother frame rates in portable mode than the docked experience can deliver.

That said, Breath of the Wild does mark a change in how we'll update the list of best Wii U and 3DS games going forward.

This means that the later, more action-packed sequences could see the Wii U a little more, or vice versa.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild could've been a very different game. If you don't mind the idea of carrying Zelda around with you, or lounging in bed and saving Hyrule, then the portable mode makes sense - and Nintendo designed the device to be appealing to both playstyles. Now again, Wii U and Switch use obvious cascades, making it easy to see the point any filtering kicks in as you walk forward.

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