I have been a Nintendo fan, or should I say, Enthusiast, for a long time. The first console I ever bought was the Nintendo 64, I played the heck out of that system and it spurred me on to buy the Gamecube on launch day. I still remember finishing college early that day, popping into the city centre to pick up the console, and then heading back to my student house and playing Rogue Squadron II, Super Monkey Ball, and Wave Race with my housemates. I picked up a Wii on launch day as well and though I played loads of Wii Sports, Super Mario Galaxy, and Metroid Prime I was a little disappointed with the system. When the Wii U was announced, I wasn’t sure about the system because of the messaging and underwhelming launch line-up so didn’t pick one up at launch. With the general consensus that the system was failing, I never bothered to finally get one. Now I have a Switch and love it, I love the fact that Nintendo is bringing some of the Wii U’s greatest hits to their new system. I love Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and am looking forward to picking up Bayonetta 2 when it gets released. This got me thinking, what other games would I love to see ported over? Well, here’s the 5 Wii U games I’d most like to see ported to Switch.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
The number of hours I pumped into Super Smash Bros. Melee on Gamecube probably had an effect on my college results! It was one of those games that we would all gather in the lounge of our student house and take turns playing (we did have 4 controllers but everyone would want to play and people would come over to play). It was one of those perfect games that’s incredibly easy to pick up and learn the basics, yet to master it took considerable time and effort. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U got great reviews, as well as good sales, and would be a really good game to port to Switch. It doesn’t really need to add content like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe did, just include all the content available in the Wii U and 3DS versions as well as all the DLC. Out of all the games on this list, this one really should be a no-brainer for Nintendo.
When Pikmin launched, it was unlike anything else around. It was one of the first games to feature a large number of characters onscreen together interacting with each other. The game struck that great balance of intuitive gameplay with clever puzzles. Nearly all of the skills (or Pikmin) that you acquired were quite basic but it was the way you had to blend these skills together that added complexity and difficulty. I had a blast with the first two games in the series and was a bit gutted to have missed the third game. Porting the game over to Switch wouldn’t just benefit people like me who missed out of it because it was on Wii U but would help to reinvigorate the franchise before the inevitable Pikmin 4 (which Shigeru Miyamoto has alluded to).
Super Mario Maker
Speaking of Shigeru Miyamoto, his most famous creation, Mario, had several outings on Wii U. As well as appearing in games alongside other characters (like Super Smash Bros. and Nintendo Land), branded games (like Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash and Paper Mario), Mario featured in a few of his traditional platform style games. As good as games like Super Mario 3D World and New Super Mario Bros. U are, the game that I would love to see make its way over to Switch is Super Mario Maker. We already have a superb 3D Mario game on Switch in Super Mario Odyssey, it would be fun to have a good 2D entry and the way that Super Mario Maker would provide an endless number of levels makes it a great choice. This would also be a prime candidate for a deluxe edition by adding a load of new creation features and items to create levels with.
The Wonderful 101
I’m a big fan of PlatinumGames when they work on their own IPs. Their games are filled with colourful characters, quirky gameplay, and a whole lot of creativity. The Wonderful 101 appears to be no exception with a cool anime style, wide array of characters, and a nice variety of gameplay. Though the game didn’t sell in big numbers it could find a new audience on Switch. The fact that this game, that is nearly 5 years old, is still unique speaks to the creativity of the development team who made it. This uniqueness makes it a perfect candidate to be revived on Switch and as a fan who missed it on Wii U, I really hope it gets another shot.
Star Fox Zero
The closest I ever got to buying a Wii U was when I heard that a new Star Fox game was coming to the console. Some of my favourite memories of my Nintendo 64 revolve around Lylat Wars (also known as Star Fox 64). I spent numerous hours playing the game with my best friend from school, finding it hilarious as we crashed into buildings while undertaking tight turns to try and get the upper hand on each other in a dogfight. While I understand that the game had some issues, I believe these could be fixed for the port and the opportunity to fly as part of Star Fox’s crew is an opportunity that I wouldn’t want to miss out on.
Well, those are my choices. Which Wii U games would you like to see ported over to Switch? Feel free to share your choices in the comments section below.