Nintendo’s has confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will not support the Nintendo Switch’s new HD rumble. The Joy-Con’s selling point so far has been the unique ability to replicate the subtle differences in feeling thanks to its new technology, like that ice cube demonstration during the console reveal presentation a few weeks ago.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will not be featuring any of that. Speaking with Gameblog, series Producer Eiji Aonuma states that the game not being exclusive to the Nintendo Switch is the reasoning behind this.
Of course, if the game had been created exclusively for [Nintendo] Switch, we could have benefited from the particular features of the console, especially HD Rumble. But, the problem is that the purpose of the [Nintendo] Switch version was to provide exactly the same experience as on Wii U, and vice versa. If we had started to adapt the game to the [Nintendo] Switch features, it would not have been the same game. So, beyond the graphic differences, we did not really explore the specifics of the new console.
The game was originally envisioned as a Wii U game, but since it jumped generations, so to say, it will not be adding the use of new functions that remain exclusive to the Switch.
Anybody remember Twilight Princess? I sure do!
Naturally, the first thought that comes to mind is The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. A game originally envisioned for the GameCube, Nintendo decided to jam motion-controls into Link’s combat to help show off the powers of the Wii. Many fans ultimately began to not like the motion controls after getting over the novelty, but the Wii version did not allow them to switch back to classic controls.
Instead, the GameCube version became a highly sought after item and was considered somewhat definitive until the HD version released for the Wii U last year.
Skyward Sword eventually got Link’s motion combat correct, but Twilight Princess remains a solid case of why you should not force a new console’s tech onto your audience. HD rumble seems much more inconsequential, but I think Nintendo learned its lesson two generations ago.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be released for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U on March 3.