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Reply #105 on: March 03, 2017, 03:29:24 AM

It looks to me as if the texture resolutions are lower on the WiiU, especially on the backgrounds. But the differences are small in that video - although I find the lack of detail sprites like the grass etc. quite noticable, I'm sure that's only because it's side by side with the Switch version.

At the end of the day if the cost of a Switch now isn't a big deal to you then fair enough, but I'd expect it to be difficult to find one right now and for the price to drop considerably in 6-12 months. I don't believe that a higher price point than a PS4 or XBone (especially if you include things like a decent memory card and back up battery, which most reviewers seem to think are mandatory) is sustainable past the initial rush.

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Reply #106 on: March 03, 2017, 06:05:17 AM

Son bought a WiiU that's been gathering dust since he found out his school friends have PS4s. Guess I'm getting Zelda for that, and while he plays Overwatch I can play Zelda. Woo.

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Reply #107 on: March 03, 2017, 06:52:09 AM

Found a stock of over ten Switches at a Target near my office, but they are all Grey so I passed.

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Reply #108 on: March 03, 2017, 07:31:02 AM

Found a stock of over ten Switches at a Target near my office, but they are all Grey so I passed.

Color should have nothing to do with that correct decision.

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Reply #109 on: March 03, 2017, 08:10:52 AM

Wii U version runs at 720p and 30fps. Switch version runs at 900p and 30 fps while docked and 720p and 30 ffps undocked. The Switch version also runs more consistently at 30 fps (Wii U dips more frequently below 30 fps) and supposedly has better draw distances in some places.

Edit: Oops didn't see Cyrrex's edit on the previous page, his list of differences is more complete:

http://forums.f13.net/index.php?topic=25420.msg1455098#msg1455098

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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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Reply #110 on: March 03, 2017, 01:41:10 PM

The hype around Zelda is pretty intense but I was never a Zelda person and I have a Wii U (yeah, yeah) so after I've gotten tired of Mass Effect I may give it a try on there first before deciding whether or not to get a Switch (assuming Nintendo actually makes enough).
That also assumes Nintendo makes enough copies of the Wii U version, which is already sold out through the normal channels. Smells like another Xenoblade Chronicles fiasco which oddly enough was also made by Monolith Soft.
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Reply #111 on: March 03, 2017, 05:02:38 PM

I got it as a digital download. It's not like I need to worry about saving room for a ton of great Wii U releases coming up.
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Reply #112 on: March 03, 2017, 08:40:57 PM

I got it as a digital download. It's not like I need to worry about saving room for a ton of great Wii U releases coming up.

i have played my wii u exactly once
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Reply #113 on: March 04, 2017, 12:08:54 AM

Mine was used strictly for 8 player Smash Bros. Tournaments, and occasionally Mario Kart.
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Reply #114 on: March 04, 2017, 12:34:08 AM

I have actually got more mileage out of mine than I would have expected.  My 5 year old has played a thousand hours of Mario on the thing, and both of the last two Zelda remakes have been played a lot as well.  Even some of the old Zeldas from their store.  Not much beyond that, however, which probably proves that Nintendo should really just be making first party games and not consoles.

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Reply #115 on: March 04, 2017, 05:12:22 AM

Played BOTW for around 4-5 hours so far. It's not feeling like the best game ever made (nor would I expect it to at this point in the game) but it's enjoyable so far. There's a very slight Assassin's Creed vibe in the sense that they have you climbing around at times in a way I'm not used to in Zelda games and they even have you climbing towers to unlock parts of the map.
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Reply #116 on: March 04, 2017, 09:50:15 AM

Among Mario Kart 8, Mario 3D World and Wind Waker HD I've probably spent a few hundred hours playing n my WiiU. That being said I probably won't spent another 400 Euro an a device to play two games on it.
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Reply #117 on: March 06, 2017, 08:11:29 PM

Got a Switch. Breath seems great.

The switch however is a total piece of shit.

As one of my friends said they should have called it the Nintendo Zelda.
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Reply #118 on: March 07, 2017, 01:40:45 AM

Bought BotW for the WiiU because I didn't feel like paying $500 for a glorified Zelda hardware dongle yet again. Great, great game. Breath of the Wild is probably the best game Nintendo has ever made.

They couldn't even be bothered to integrate the WiiU tablet controller though. It does literally nothing in that game. It doesn't even display the map or your inventory. It shows a black screen with the BotW logo and that's it. It doesn't even output game audio unless you play the game on the tablet controller. Still drains the battery though.

BotW being in development for WiiU was clearly a lie, they always intended it to be a Switch game because this game has no features exclusive to the WiiU version. The game doesn't even bother to tell you that the battery of the WiiU tablet has died if you play it on a Pro Controller.

Oh and the person that thought it would be a good idea to put jump on 'X' on the default move set should be slapped repeatedly.
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Reply #119 on: March 07, 2017, 01:56:48 AM

My understanding is that they actually disabled the Wii U specific features, presumably so that it wouldn't offer advantages over the Switch version.
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Reply #120 on: March 07, 2017, 04:45:56 AM

That would be bloody stupid if true. Then again Nintendo would absolutely do something like that... My issue is that the WiiU tablet can't go in the power save mode (it always displays the Breath of the Wild logo and the 'Play on WiiU tablet' hint) and so the battery is dead after a few hours of play, even though I don't use it. (Playing BotW on a WiiiU Pro Controller). ... and since you bloody well need the tablet to do anything with the WiiU it's really annoying.

The WiiU version is fine by the way. It only runs on 720p (the Switch version runs on 900p when docked) and it has a few issues with stutter and pop in but nothing really dramatic so far.

720p/900p at 30 fps for a launch title unfortunately points to the Switch being rather limited performance-wise. Especially if you consider that BotW is using cell shading and other types of visual trickery and is not really aiming for photo realism. It's still a very gorgeous game don't get me wrong. More often than not though it's because of Nintendo's mastery of environmental design and animation and not because of raw graphical power. It would have been significantly better if they had opted for a NVidia Tegra 2 instead of the Tegra.

I can't imagine any current AAA title being able to run on the Switch without a significant graphics overhaul. So I don't expect the Switch third party support to be any better than for the WiiU. Given the glacial pace at which Nintendo releases first party titles and given that the Nintendo second party developer ecosystem is dead and has been for a long time I'd be surprised if the Switch actually manages to get a significant number of titles.

Nintendo hasn't even managed to put out a WiiU exclusive Zelda in 4 1/2 years. So I'm looking forward to one of each Zelda, 3D Mario, Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Splatoon and Pokemon a few "New Super Mario" remixes and not much of anything else. I wouldn't even be surprised if they didn't put out a new Metroid Prime or Metroid game.
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Reply #121 on: March 07, 2017, 11:24:13 PM

I, too, am a bit cheesed by the stupid lack of support for the WiiU tablet.  On the other hand, BOTW appears to be moving a lot of switches out the door, so you can sorta see why they wouldn't want to put such a significant added feature on the WiiU version.  It doesn't really change the game much, but it is pretty glaring when you consider both the last two remakes of old Zelda games did it quite nicely.

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