Let me preface this post by saying I genuinely believe that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a beautiful game. That’s not a question for me and Nintendo creates some of the best worlds around.
That said, I do not agree with the fact Nintendo avoids higher graphics fidelity in its games. Imagine playing Breath of the Wild in stunning 4K on your Nintendo Switch. Imagine playing Super Mario Odyssey at 4K and 60 frames per second.
Thanks to modders and the Wii U emulator Cemu, we’re able to get an idea of what those pipe dreams may look like. Have you ever wondered what Breath of the Wild would fare with a realistic style instead of the cel-shaded graphics we received?
YouTube Arkh Longstride has tweaked the Wii U version on the Cemu emulator and results are stunning. Through a series of graphical tweaks and optimizations, the changes made stick out when watching the embedded video below. Granted, the changes don’t necessarily call out to everyone while I do like the work shown, the top comment on the video says that “it looks like a fanmade UE4 game.”
While pleasing everyone is impossible, this video is a good example of the creative modders hold.