Posted on January 19 2017 by Darrin W. Harr
The Sheikah Slate is a major item in the upcoming Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch and Wii U. Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has said the slate was supposed to be reminiscent of the Wii U’s GamePad. However, he also says it looks like the Switch in portable mode, and is grateful they didn’t have to change the slate’s design.
You can read Aonuma’s full thoughts below.
Playing the game last week, the controls felt great on Switch. The Sheikah Slate looks a bit like the Hyrule version of the Wii U GamePad, and looks like it could be controlled in that way – was that the intention?
Aonuma: Yes, initially that’s true – we kind of pictured the Sheikah Slate as being reminiscent of a Wii U GamePad, but also to be honest with you I think the Sheikah Slate’s size and appearance resembles a Nintendo Switch quite strongly. So we think that comparison works for both versions of the game, and we’re happy with it.
And the fact we didn’t have to change the appearance of the Sheikah Slate in game… we were very grateful for that.