The dawn of the Nintendo Switch is almost upon us and in anticipation of having the new console in our hands at midnight on March 3, we’ll be publishing a series of Switch-related lists about what games we’d like to see on the system. But before we look ahead, we’ll start by looking back.
The Wii U is soon to be behind us, but there were more than a few gems to only be released on the console. We’ve already seen that Nintendo will be porting The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 to the Switch, alongside a successor to one of the Wii U’s best new IP in Splatoon 2, but there are more than a few exclusive titles that won’t be. And with the death of the Wii U, most of those titles won’t reach the kind of audience they deserve.
So keeping that in mind, here are 5 Wii U Games that Nintendo should really consider porting to the Nintendo Switch.
It was a surprise to many when family-friendly Nintendo announced that they were producing a sequel to a game where a witch saucily poses for the camera while using her clothes made out of hair to summon giant demons to feast on angelic flesh. And while both Bayonetta titles were arguably niche in scope, their critical acclaim has been undeniable. If the Switch reaches a larger audience than the Wii U ever did, then that audience deserves access to not one of the best games on the Wii U, but of the entire console generation.
The change in console from the Wii U to the Switch put the Tekken-Pokémon crossover Pokkén Tournament in an awkward position. While releasing in arcades in Japan in 2015, it released worldwide on the Wii U a little under a year ago in March 2016. So that means less than a year after release the title’s console is being abandoned and most of the game’s DLC has not even been released yet. By porting the game to Switch, the game’s lifespan would be extended, the developers could gain extra profit with minimal investment, and the console itself would gain another title that could make use of the Switch’s different playstyles.
Super Mario Maker
One of two games on this list long rumored to be a future port to the Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Maker is a special game that managed to create an extensive and intricate creative platform for Super Mario levels while still finding a way to make the controls and design tools easily accessible to any player. Like several titles on this list, it was released late in the Wii U’s life cycle and now stands as the best case for the Wii U gamepad. If ported to Switch with added features, it would immediately become a must-have title for the system, and could very well help sell the console.
Super Mario 3D World & Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
Okay, so I’m cheating a little here with my 5 game limit, but Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker essentially functioned as stand-alone DLC for Super Mario 3D World. Both are amazing titles that, while not being the type of content that would suggest there’s room for the type of innovation that would spawn sequels, are still definitely worth playing and offer hours of entertainment for anyone involved. So instead of making another title in their style, porting them over to Switch would give Nintendo an extra Mario title in the gap between their fully realized 3D titles, and offering them together in one package would be a great value for the consumer.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
The other title on this list that is also rumored to be ported to Switch is also the Wii U game I am the most invested in. As an active member of the Smash 4 community in my state, whether or not the game receives a second life on Nintendo’s new console can greatly affect how I spend my free time in the next few years. Rumors indicate that there would likely be new characters and stages, with the suggestion that a Switch version could even be an amalgamation of the separate Wii U and 3DS titles. But honestly, any suggestion of “more Smash Bros.” will always be alright with me.