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Rumor: Switch frame rate drops impacted by Wi-Fi issue, will be fixed with system update

Posted on March 13, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in Rumors, Switch

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a must-have game on Switch. If there’s one thing to criticize though, it’d be the game’s technical performance. Specifically, Breath of the Wild sometimes experiences frame rate drops. Some players have even experienced the screen freezing for a second or two.

Zelda isn’t actually the only game with frame rate issues. FAST RMX and I Am Setsuna both have problems with resolution drops and frame rate fluctuations respectively. However, an anonymous third-party developer has told Nintendo Life that the situation is resulting from a known issue with Switch’s Wi-Fi connection which places additional load on the processor.

One of the site’s readers, JunkRabbit, also provides the following explanation:

“I remember the Digital Foundry experts to have been puzzled how some of the worst framerate issues seem to occur so randmoly, not area-specific. I believe these are not the fault of the game, but of the Switch trying to periodically auto-connect to WiFi where there is no network available. This is supposed to happen in the background, but it apparently does affect the game(s).

I actually noticed this in FAST RMX first, where I got periodical FPS drops, while everyone was always saying that it is a perfectly locked 60 FPS experience. It wasn’t game breaking, but it made me curious. Driving in circles also made the periodical nature so much more apparent.

Then I also had these in Setsuna, which to me made no sense at all, especially after watching DF’s comparison to the PS4 version, where they also said the Switch version was perfectly locked 30 FPS.

Having them on multiple games like that, and in none of them they made sense, got me thinking. At home I turn on WiFi only when I need it basically, so it’s not always available. During the Setsuna session I checked the status LED and sure enough it was off. I then delved into the Internet settings of the Switch, found the “Auto Connect” option and turned it off, and Voilà, no more FPS issues in Setsuna and FAST RMX! And only the “usual” minor ones in BotW in very specific (foliage intensive) areas, no more heavy random ones.”

Fortunately, these issues may be ironed out very soon. The anonymous developer says that Nintendo is aware of things and will be sending out a fix via a system update.


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  • Exy

    I got around this by using the same LAN adapter I had since the Wii. It’s about 10 years old and still sees service today. I wish some of my other hardware could make the same claim.

    • Reiianuo

      That only works docked I assume?

      • Tyler Faile


    • Tyler Faile

      Hahaha, I’m doing the same thing with the same old hardware.

      It has been in active service for years since it works on the Wii U, too.

    • Felipe M.

      Could’ve used the USB LAN adapter I have for my WiiU but instead ordered a 3.0 LAN Adapter. I assume it’ll be running faster since it’ll be 2.0, and if not, no big deal.

      These USB LAN adapters are very useful as they’re compatible with multiple devices.

      • Exy

        Third party adapters don’t work on any Nintendo console. I have a USB 3.0 adapter and it fails the connection tests every time.

        • Felipe M.

          Really? That’s unlucky.

          The LAN USB adapter I used on my WiiU was a third party adapter and it didn’t give me any trouble while playing online or being online (browser, YouTube).

          • albedolepeche

            The Wii U and Switch use two different LAN adapter types with different chipsets. Easy to find the correct one on amazon.

            The one I use for the Switch isnt compatible with Wii.

        • albedolepeche

          Im using a 3rd party adapter just fine. Just make sure it’s the correct chipset.

  • Cool! Hope they’ll fix soon!

  • awng781

    Hope this update is released sooner than later.

  • Peter

    Never had these issues but then again I prefer playing with the Wi-Fi switched off unless I’m going to be playing with someone of course.

    I’ve been playing Puyo Puyo Tetris online quite a lot lately (I got the Japanese version) and I’m being utterly destroyed.

  • Adrian Brown

    Off topic: I wish they update the Wii U version menus to recognize when the player is using a Pro controller, it bugs me to see the gamepad on the screen when I’n not using it xD

    • Justin McQuillen

      yeah, funny thing, it would appear the Wii U version uses the Switch’s interface for controller switching. it does it more seamless than usual wii u games and with a different GUI

    • Bradley

      I’m confused, do you mean when you hit the x button so the screen changes from the running miis to the game selection?

      • Adrian Brown

        Oh no, I’m talking about the WiiU version of BoTW. I meant that the game always displays the gamepad even when you are using a Pro controller.

        • Bradley

          aaaah aight makes sense

  • JasonBall

    Halfway done with BotW and have had no stoppage, just lag in bushes.

    • KnickKnackMyWack

      Same. Though one forest segment in particular is rather choppy. That’s pretty much it for me though.

      • Felipe M.


      • ben

        sad thing is that forest section is totally fine in handheld mode.

        • Not totally. My husband had some small, short issues. But there’s like, 30 different things being animated/going on. Worth it for the immersion/liveliness, lol.

        • Bradley

          Oh ho ho not for me, in that forest area that I KNOW we are all REFERRING TO ( I love this game) mine slows down a quite a bit, next time you go there try using the runes XD

        • KnickKnackMyWack

          Legit? I’ll have to go back there and check on that.

      • JasonBall

        Yeah, true.

  • Felipe M.

    My Switch isn’t even connected to the internet and has framerate issues on Zelda but meh, not terrible enough to be distracting and a deal-breaker.

  • Jacob Groves

    Love Switch sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much!!!! Best Nintendo home console since GameCube. I enjoyed Wii U and Wii of course with their many awesome exclusives. Now we had proper home console since GameCube. 😀

    Well done to Nintendo for addressed most of issues from Wii / Wii U.

    Switch also beats all home consoles for launch selling. Well done to Nintendo.

    Breath of the Wild is best launch title for launch system in any gaming in history. Well done to Nintendo once again. (love you Nintendo and you bit naughty for money printing but thanks you for awesome Switch. Look forward you bringing out big updates and new features etc… each some months). 🙂

    Cannot wait for MK 8 Deluxe!!! BRINGING IT ON!!!!!

    • Bradley

      Lol I am incredibly envious of your energy, would keep you at the center of parties so the hype never dies

      • Jacob Groves

        Hehehe I just so happy and how much I love Switch is same feels to PS4 when it’s launched and after it as well Xbox 360 in last 2 generations and GameCube, N64, PSone and before that too.

        XB1, Xbox, PS2, Wii U, Wii and PS3 is my enjoyed and had fun with it but not like I felt closer and so much enjoy to Switch, PS4, GameCube, Xbox 360, PSone, N64, Super Nintendo and Dreamcast.

        I been gamer since I were 5 yrs when Super Nintendo era time. I am 31 hehehe. 🙂

  • Matsku

    You should maybe make your title a bit clearer because it makes it seem that all frame rate issues can be solved via a system update.

  • Acantus

    Bring on the stability!