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New Zelda: Breath of the Wild screenshots and closer look at full Hyrule map

Dystify

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Nintendo Switch and its games are finally up for preorder in Japan. On Amazon they released a bunch of new screenshots for the game and a higher resolution picture of the map of the game. Enjoy!

Note: Clicking on the images makes them larger.

The Map
Nintendo Switch screenshots
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Wii U version screenshots
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Direct comparison between Nintendo Switch and Wii U version (Hilariously they're almost all at a different time of the day.)

Nintendo Switch (left) – Wii U (right)

Thanks to Lord Ghirahim for noticing these screenshots. Comparison was first made by Tathanen in the other Zelda thread.
 

Garrett Hawke

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That first comparison pic seems to show much further LOD on the switch version. The rest it's hard to tell the difference because of TOD changes, but the switch seems to have slightly sharper textures.
 

kirbyfan407

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Crossposting from the Zelda launch trailer thread:

That first picture makes it look like there might be some significant improvements to draw distance/visibility in the Switch version. That'd be nice, since large draw distances are one of my biggest preferred graphical features. Also, the last picture makes it look like there might be slightly more grass in front of the Shrine in the Switch version? I wonder if the grass is randomly generated, though.

The fact that the HUD is different suggests that perhaps the Wii U version's screenshots were taken from a non-final build, but that would be odd.
 

Tathanen

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That first comparison pic seems to show much further LOD on the switch version. The rest it's hard to tell the difference because of TOD changes, but the switch seems to have slightly sharper textures.
The big thing I notice is the draw distance being better on Switch
It's hard to tell if this is actually the case. If you look close, you can still see everything in the Wii U version, it's just really dim and less lit-up. Definitely more lighting of the world in the Switch screen tho.
 

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Interested in the Provinces of Necluda and Hebra. Eldin, Faron, and Lanayru are the standard fare, named after the gods

Edit: The Switch compares more favorably than I thought it would in the compared screenshots. I know, I know, may not be final build and all that
 

Garrett Hawke

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It's hard to tell if this is actually the case. If you look close, you can still see everything in the Wii U version, it's just really dim and less lit-up. Definitely more lighting of the world in the Switch screen tho.
Eh - look in the third comparison, the tree in the middle of the screen past the lake is missing on the Wii U. There's definitely a difference.
 

Chill Penguin

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Switch version clearly looks better, but the Wii U version looks nice too, not a monumental difference or anything. This wait is killing me...
 

Meesh

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Am I wrong for thinking it looks great??!! I just wanna dive right in and lose myself in this like it was 98 and I first played Ocarina of Time. :)
 

KingBroly

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It's hard to tell if this is actually the case. If you look close, you can still see everything in the Wii U version, it's just really dim and less lit-up. Definitely more lighting of the world in the Switch screen tho.
Look at Death Mountain
 

kirbyfan407

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Wiiu version defense force please reassure me that the two versions are roughly on par.
I mean, no matter what, they're still the same game. The Switch version shows some graphical/technical advantages and will have faster load times. Plus, there's a chance the Switch version will have a more stable framerate. However, at the end of the day, they're fundamentally the same game.
 

Tathanen

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Switch lighting as a whole seems.. cooler? Harsher? Something. Things generally seem more lit, but also a little more intensely lit.
 
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900p with an improved draw distance and a much more stable frame rate is enough for me although I'd like to see confirmation of better textures considering Switch apparently has more memory.
 

Baleoce

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I need this game aaaah. That trailer has done things to me I hadn't anticipated. Gonna spend the next month and a half going through old Zelda games.
 

Ataru

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The Switch version looks better than I thought it would.

Maybe I'll skip the Wii-U version, and wait until I (eventually) get a Switch.
 

kirbyfan407

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Hebra, Necluda, Altum(?), Lanayru, Faron, Eldin, Central Hyrule.

The first 3 are new. I wonder what the stories are with these names.
I'm guessing Hebra is where the Gerudo live, Altum for the birds, and maybe Necluda for the Sheikah? Where the names come from will certainly be interesting. Expanding the Zelda mythos with more deities or spirits would be really cool.

That'd be weird given that Death Mountain is in Eldin. But perhaps it corresponds to the region with the mountain with the cloud obscuring the top.
 

phanphare

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oh man, I can't believe we're almost here

it's been a long time coming and the game has looked better every time they show more

I'm starting to feel the anticipation for this
 

Skyzard

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Are we sure the WiiU shots are from a newer build this time?

900p with an improved draw distance and a much more stable frame rate is enough for me although I'd like to see confirmation of better textures considering Switch apparently has more memory.
Which screenshot was that in?
 

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Wow, the difference between them is... night and day.

(i'll stop being a smartass now)
Still super impressed they got fully dynamic shadows into an open world Wii U game, looks really nice :), the light and shadows cast by the moon is really cool