The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild hasn't even launched yet, but franchise producer Eiji Aonuma is already teasing a new instalment in the series for the Nintendo Switch.
Talking to IGN, Aonuma said this new game could happen in order to fully use the Switch's potential. I haven't been able to fully use all of the new features of the system,” he said. There could be the possibility of another Zelda on Nintendo Switch."
The next step for the franchise is still at an early stage though, and not even close to be decided, since even Aonuma doesn't seem know what new features could be included: I think the core element of Zelda gameplay kind of stays the same. There's the main character development as well as characters you meet along the way, and then you learn new things as the character develops.
With that said I think we could keep all that, and then I do wonder how we can expand from here with that in mind.”
Before that, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will launch alongside the Switch on March 3rd and will also be available on the Wii U. In a statement provided to IGN today, Nintendo detailed the differences between the two versions:
- Both launch on the same day, March 3.
- Both have a frame rate of 30fps.
- 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 3GB of available memory on the Wii U system or an external drive.
- Some icons, such as onscreen buttons, differ between the two versions.
- A Special Edition and Master Edition of the Wii U version are not available.
The aforementioned Special and Master editions wereunveiled right after Nintendo's conference last week and will respectively cost $99.99 and $129.99 in the US. In the UK, players will be able to buy a Limited Edition version of the game that costs 89.99, but will include a different combination of items compared to its US counterparts.
For more on the Switch and Zelda, don't forget to read our thoughts on Nintendo's new console following the machine's premiere in the UK last week.