I am hyped about Breath of the Wild (BotW) and if you’re a long time Zelda fan I bet you are too. One week from the official release date of March 3rd, 2017, the anticipation comes to a roaring boil especially since the last newly released game in the franchise did not quench my thirst for an open world to run around and ride horses. Expectations are high because Nintendo knows how to deliver a good game that banks on nostalgia and knows we want to visit Link, Beedle, anyone we can interact with one more time in a reimagined way.
I’ve been playing Zelda long enough to remember how I was in utter distraught when Twilight Princess was delayed a year and how they made a bold move by making the game available on both the GameCube and Wii. History repeats itself as we wait for the public release of BotW on the WiiU and Switch, and I plan to use the same strategy that I did back then: play the game used on an older console.
Now if you don’t own a WiiU, by all means you should go for the Switch version since it supplies better graphics and its future is bright, but I purchased my WiiU with the intent of playing a NEW Zelda—not an HD remake following another HD remake—and goshdarnit that’s what I’m going to do. (Yes, Hyrule Warriors is technically another WiiU Zelda, but I have yet to play that one/it is categorized as a Spin-off on Wikipedia.)
Lets talk pricepoints.
If you have a WiiU, then BotW will set you back $60.
If you get the Switch at $300 then the total investment is $360. That’s a lot just to play BotW right away, I’d rather save the $300, or better yet, donate it to a good cause and wait to play BotW when there is a Switch pricedrop.
If you’re only interested in the new Zelda and nothing else the Switch has to offer in its first year you could buy a used WiiU for a decent price. This tip may seem like a no-brainer, but a lot of people feel the need to be a part of “the cult of the new.” Hold off playing the BotW for a year and your bank account will thank you.
As a feature writer for Zelda Universe, it’s an investment in my writing and myself to be up to date and write about the newest and hottest thing but up until this point I have always opted to wait for a used console and Zelda. In a way it’s like paying your future self that extra ~$10-$110 in savings, at least that’s how I look at it as well as other notable finance writers.
Trent Hamm from The Simple Dollar mentions, “the consoles themselves are quite cheap, too, especially if you buy a certified pre-owned console from a used game store.” At the time of this writing the WiiU is valued around $200. Spend $260 on a WiiU and BotW or $360 on the Switch and the same game? I'm in it to win it for BotW alone and lean with the former.
If you consider yourself to be a frugal video gamer, now’s the time to actually buy a WiiU and enjoy the library of discounted, used games.
Check back for more Breath of the Wild reactions in the weeks to come.
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