Nintendo “never considered” not releasing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Wii U, according to the games famed Producer – Eiji Aonuma.
In a recently published interview with Eurogamer, the long-time series Producer and Manager for The Legend of Zelda spoke in depth about the upcoming Nintendo Switch launch title, stating that the company never considered cancelling the Wii U version of Breath of the Wild at any point, despite speculation that a Wii U version could be canned to focus purely on Nintendo Switch.
“No, we never considered not releasing the Wii U version, and changing development solely to Nintendo Switch – that was never on the cards,” explains Aonuma.
“As I mentioned, this title started development as a Wii U title, so first and foremost we started it on Wii U. After we also decided to develop for Nintendo Switch… if we’d gone more in that direction, using Nintendo Switch console’s other features that Wii U doesn’t have, we felt that a gap might have opened up in terms of the experience between both platforms.”
Aonuma confirmed that the studio (Nintendo EPD) were happy with Nintendo Switch’s functionality but wants Wii U users to get the same experience when playing Breath of the Wild.
“With Nintendo Switch we’re really happy with that functionality of being able to take it wherever you go, but beyond that we really wanted the gameplay experience to be the same, and for Wii U fans to be able to experience the same game people who play it on Switch will be able to experience.”
According to Aonuma, there will be very little difference between the Nintendo Switch and Wii U versions of Breath of the Wild, with the only major difference being the games load times as Nintendo Switch’ loads from a game card rather than the Wii U loading from disc.
“Actually, from a gameplay perspective, it is the same experience on both platforms.
One small difference is that the loading times on Nintendo Switch are slightly faster. That really stems from the media that the game is on – on Wii U it loads from a disc, whereas on Nintendo Switch it’s on a Game Card, so it’s a result from that.”
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was recently confirmed as a Nintendo Switch launch title with the hotly anticipated games release coinciding with the launch of Nintendo’s hybrid console on March 3, 2017.