Perhaps it isn’t a surprise for a game which originally was a Wii U title, but it looks like Breath of the Wild won’t be using every function of the Nintendo Switch it will be launching alongside.
Recently, the French site Gameblog talked to Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma about the upcoming release of the small, unknown (I’m joking) title The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In said talks, Aonuma confirmed that there is no use of the HD Rumble housed within the Joy-Con controllers that come with the Nintendo Switch. Here is the translated exchange:
Gameblog: The development of Zelda Breath of the Wild essentially took place on Wii U. What would that have changed if it had been exclusively thought of on Switch?
Eiji Aonuma: “Of course, if the game had been created exclusively for the Switch, we could have benefited from the particular abilities of the machine, I think especially HD vibration. They are quite extraordinary, for example you can try to guess how many balls are hidden in the controller … That’s something I would have liked to use. But the problem is that the purpose of this Switch version is to be able to experience exactly the same experience as on Wii U, and vice versa. If we had started to adapt the game for the Switch functions, it would not have been the same game. So, beyond the graphic display part, we did not really explore the specifics of this new console.”
Clearly Eiji Aonuma and Nintendo are taking their responsibility to the Wii U experience seriously, which you can respect; Breath of the Wild was a motivation for some to buy the Wii U, and adding features like HD Rumble to a version on a different console could be seen in a negative way.
The HD Rumble within the Joy-Con controllers enables many impressive game types, which are shown effectively in 1-2-Switch. Take the timing capabilities, which are implemented for the Western-style Quick Draw, or the remarkable weightiness used for Ball Counting, in which you guess how many virtual balls are inside the Joy-Con.
For a more detailed look at what the Nintendo Switch’s multiple controllers can do, you can also read our handy feature on the topic! Otherwise, you can look at which games other than Zelda and 1-2-Switch are launching with the Nintendo Switch.