The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild received update 1.1.1 last week, which was released for both the Nintendo Switch and Wii U versions of the game. It has since been revealed in a new video from Digital Foundry that the update improved the Switch version, but not so much the Wii U version.
The main area where the update’s work is noticeable is with the heavy frame drops. These heavy frame drops used to plague the game’s Kakariko Village and Korok Forest, but they have been largely fixed on the Switch version of the game. The same can’t be said for the Wii U Version, however, with the game likely needing more updates to get the game where it needs to be. This isn’t surprising considering that the Wii U version is on older hardware, as well as being the less-played version of the game.
The description of the Digital Foundry video says “A month from its release, Nintendo swoops in with update 1.11 for Zelda on Switch and Wii U. Visuals remain precisely intact, but performance is boosted noticeably on Switch, going from a 25fps average in stress areas to 29fps overall – though it’s still far from ideal. Tom covers the Wii U’s fortunes here too, where the frame-rate advantage isn’t as pronounced.”
Despite some of the minor technical issues that the game may have, there is no denying that it is the standout title during a year already full of great games. It is one of the highest-reviewed games of all time, and quickly became the highest-reviewed Switch game that will be incredibly hard for Nintendo to top. The company has said recently that the game could end up being a blueprint for all Zelda games going forward, with the “open-air” style being a huge hit with fans and critics alike.