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Nintendo Switch vs Nintendo Wii U: How The Switch Will Succeed Where Wii U Failed

By Edge Ison , Jan 16, 2017 02:43 AM EST

It is a fact that the Nintendo Switch was inspired by the Wii U. But most of the comparisons end there.

The company said before that the Switch is not a replacement of the Wii. This means the Wii franchise will still continue though how it will rise above the failure of the Wii U is still up n the air.

Design

The two consoles look almost identical. The tablet-like Switch sports a 6.2-inch screen sandwiched by the two controllers or Joy-Cons. The Switch main console is placed in a dock when played on a huge screen.

Performance

The Nintendo Switch has more power than the Wii U. During the Switch presentation, there was no mention of the hybrid console's power but is known to have a certain NVIDIA Tegra processor. The Wii U comes with a chip that was custom-built by AMD, IBM, and Renesas which is less powerful.

Display

The Switch has a 1280 x 720-pixel display while the Wii U comes with 854 x 480 resolution. When docked the Switch can be played in 1080 Full HD resolution while the Wii U cannot.

Storage

Despite the criticism circling the Switch's low memory, it still wins this round over its Nintendo predecessor. The Switch comes with 32GB of memory which can be expanded. The Wii U came in either 8GB or 32GB memory both with the capability to expand using a microSD.

Controllers

The Joy-Cons probably took the spotlight away from the whole console because of its many uses and new innovations such as the built-in motion sensors and Rumble HD. The Joy-Cons can be played on their own, with a Joy-Con strap, snapped together, on the main console or as part of the Joy-Con Charging Grip. A separate Switch Pro Controller is also available for $69.99. The problem, according to Mic, is that the Switch does not support older Nintendo controllers.

The Wii U sported a gamepad and had separate controllers, as well, which had support for the Wii Remote and its accessories.

Price

The Switch and Wii U both cost $299.99 during their respective launches. The Wii Deluxe sold for $349.99. Now, the deluxe version of the Wii U costs $299.99.

The Verdict

It's a hands-down victory for the new Nintendo console. The hybrid Switch has some issues of its own but it is generally better than the Wii U.

 


 

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