As we are nearing the Switch’s 6 month anniversary, we have had an amazing launch year that’s being carried with many heavy hitters such as Breath of the Wild, Splatoon 2, Mario Odyssey and so many more. Nearly releasing a big new game every 5-7 weeks since the Switch’s launch. However, should Nintendo be porting more of their Wii U games to the Switch?
So far 2 games have been ported from the Wii U (3 if you count Breath of the Wild,) those being Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Pokken Tournament DX. So far only Mario Kart 8 has released and even though it was the Wii U’s best selling game, it is selling extremely well on the Switch. Mario Kart 8 Released on the Wii U on May 29th, 2014 and as of June of 2017 it has sold a total of 8.35 million units. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe however, released on April 28th, 2017 and has sold 3.54 million units as of June of 2017. Source
Why do these sales figures matter? Simple, it shows that even though Mario Kart 8 was the highest selling game on the Wii U it can still sell extremely well on the Switch. This is because many Switch owners did not own a Wii U and the ones who did re bought it either because they wanted the new content or they just wanted a way to play Mario Kart on the go.
In my opinion it would be stupid not to port as many Wii U games as possible. Given the Wii U’s failure meant that all of the amazing Wii U games didn’t sell as well as they could have. Ports would also be a good way to have more releases throughout the year during times where they don’t have a new game ready for release.
Games like Smash 4, Super Mario Maker, Captain Toad, and many other games could be re released with some new content and added portability and as long as enough is added, the games will attract both new owners and people who already bought the games on Wii U. I am extremely surprised that more ports haven’t been announced yet, especially a Smash port. While yes, all of us would love sequels to these games but in the case of Smash, the game finally finished development early last year and would be nowhere near ready to release a new game. So why not release a port to give players the game to play while a sequel is being made?
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