The Nintendo Switch has a lot going for it. Already some of Nintendo’s biggest franchises are going to come out on the system in just the first year with more already in the pipeline. New games and new IP are always fantastic, but Nintendo has already produced two re-releases from the Wii U’s catalog for the Switch. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Switch is widely considered the definitive version of the game by critics and fans alike, and we expect Pokken Tournament DX to perform similarly when it launches on September 22nd.
The Wii U being a commercial failure may be a blessing in disguise as there is a wide variety of titles that can be minimally altered to work on the Switch and release to a potentially wider audience. Some third-party publishers are also moving on the idea, as former Wii U exclusive Rayman Legends is getting a “Definitive Edition” just for the Switch. Here are just ten examples of titles Nintendo could re-release on the new console.
PlatuinumGames developed this Wii U exclusive action-packed title with everyone’s favorite hair-bending, pistol-wielding witch in 2014. Even though it was critically acclaimed with a current Metacritic score of 91, it only moved 800,000 copies worldwide. Bayonetta 2 was also a title that had the complete support of Nintendo who published the title and permitted the use of costumes depicting classic characters in the in-game store. On Switch, Bayonetta 2 could find a new audience of players that skipped out on Wii U and would mark the first time Bayonetta has been playable on a portable console.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
Another Wii U exclusive published by Nintendo, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is a crossover RPG between the Shin Megami Tensei series from Atlus (who developed the game) and the Fire Emblem series. Set in present-day Japan, the game is an RPG that employs a turn-based battle system that sees the player taking on Mirages, creatures that seek an energy called Performa. Like with Bayonetta 2, Tokyo Mirage Sessions under performed selling only 300,000 copies worldwide. While it’s early in Switch’s life cycle, Tokyo Mirage is acclaimed as one of if not the best game available for Wii U. Widespread appeal shouldn’t be much of a concern as the game had its best sales in the United States with half of all the sales coming from the country.
Super Mario Maker
Sure, it was already ported to the 3DS line of systems but missed a landmark feature of the Wii U version: sharing your levels. Instead, the 3DS version allowed players to try a selection of games that had been created for the Wii U. Taking the creation tools on the go and being able to share them would make for one of the best creation titles anywhere. Players agreed that the sharing feature was a prominent feature with the Wii U version selling almost 1 million more copies than the 3DS version.
Super Smash Bros. Wii U
Super Smash Bros. is typically a sales powerhouse with the Super Smash Bros. Brawl selling the best at nearly 12.9 million worldwide. But the Wii U version has sold the least of any Smash title at just over 5 million worldwide. That’s still nothing to sniff at, but the Wii U and by extension the 3DS versions are in a unique position. Both titles may have the same characters, but they do not have the same stages. If the content from both versions and all the DLC containing new stages and 7 different fighters were to be included in a single package, we could see a new definitive package for the series.
Paper Mario: Color Splash
Paper Mario as a series has some of the most beloved entries in the Nintendo 64, Gamecube and Wii libraries, but players did not respond well to Color Splash when it released worldwide in October of 2016. Maybe it was that the Switch, then known as the NX, would be releasing soon. Whatever the case, Paper Mario: Color Splash only sold 790,000 copies worldwide. That gives the title the fewest sales of the series.
There you have it, five titles from the Wii U that could make a return on the Switch. If they will is anyone’s guess, but should Nintendo choose to re-release any of these titles, staggering them to not overwhelm fans is key. Do you have a preferred title to see re-released? Let us know here in the comments and on social media!