WiiU vs Switch, GameCube vs Wii: A Tale as old as the Temple of Time
Nintendo has delivered, and I can't put the controller down long enough to write words that evoke exclamation points of joy as a happy Zelda fan. A lot of people are questioning if BotW is better or worse on one console or another. I can attest the WiiU version with a Pro Controller is a wonderful time for a fraction of the cost a Switch is. I did the math. If I had waited to buy my WiiU when BotW released I could have saved some dough, but Wind Waker HD was worth the purchase back in 2013.
Fellow Zelda Universe writer and Webmaster Shona Johnson (@ShonaAdventures) addresses the question of the week in an excellent in-depth comparison of the two console experiences. She gave the WiiU high praise with only one negative that I too can attest: "The frame rate can become a bit choppy when there's a lot of movement on the screen or when the system is trying to render too many things at once". Frame rates dropping rarely occurs and when it does it's because of the multitude of monsters on screen. Shona even states the Switch buffers a bit which further proves the WiiU has been a great system and has one more game to play and chug along as hard as its little motor can.
Disclosure: I am waiting for the first price drop to purchase a Switch and avoided "the cult of the new" by sticking with the WiiU version, so if you came here for a compare and contrast I cannot assess the Switch. Therefore my thoughts are one-sided, which I believe is acceptable for a Frugal Friday piece.
It's been a week
I have played Zelda more than I have in years. As soon as you own this game it owns you. It's the original The Legend of Zelda difficulty with a lot of Game Over screens if you are out of your league and don't even have your green tunic (unless you dye your clothes in Kakariko Village). There is a lot to unearth in this game, and I'll keep it short and spoiler-free: BotW is a fresh and nostalgic approach to the World of Zelda. I more of my first take feelings on the game here. If you enjoy collecting items then this is your kind of Zelda game.
BotW is a wonderful game to close the chapter of one console and turn the page and start a new life of Nintendo games on the Switch, but that doesn't mean you need it right now. If you can wait, the game will still be great. Gorons are always great™ and if they make plushies of all the characters I'll need to hide my credit card.
Collecting Collectables in the Game vs Real Life
The WiiU is an underrated console that will fondly be looked back on as the first HD edition to the Nintendo roster. Sending it off with a game I'm 20+ hours into yet not nearly done exploring is a wonderful feeling. Breath of the Wild on the WiiU was worth the wait.
Collectables are what I crave. And whenever I start a new Zelda I want to unearth as much as possible. As of this moment I hope this will be the first Zelda I do not consult the Internet to solve. It may be the first time I experience Zelda without picking up a player's guide. If I get seriously stuck, I will check the Internet only after the hype dies down and spoilers are at bay. Otherwise I will move on to the next mountain peak and continue the journey with the only guide being my gut. I'm taking the long way this time, and enjoying the World of Zelda in the reimagined form forever known as Breath of the Wild.
I really enjoy the cooking element in this and think fondly of the same cooking in Paper Mario: Thousand Year Door. Except in Breath of the Wild it's like a mega pack expansion on the concept. Collecting lots of items in your almost-infinite backpack is the best feeling because you are one step closer at increasing your potential performance as a player. I like to cook up all kinds of elixers, stews, and potions as well as tasty peppered steak, or mushroom skewers. And don't get me started on my favorite recipe that involves Hyrule Bass!
If you have bought the game and played it, please share your own stories about how Breath of the Wild has been for you. If you are still waiting for it to be delivered/bought/whatever I hope the extra wait made it all the sweeter in the end.
I'm short, sweet, and thankful for avocados ☺
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