Should Nintendo port more Wii U games to the Switch?


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. MK8SMK8DSSource

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?

What do you guys think? Should more Wii U games be ported to the Switch? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter!


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4 comments on “Should Nintendo port more Wii U games to the Switch?”

  1. Even when the Wii U didn’t receive proper third-party support, it does have great exclusives. There are games like Tokyo Mirage Sessions, Wonderful 101, Bayonetta 2, Paper Mario: Color Splash, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze that need to be on Switch. Those games deserve to be enjoyed by a much bigger audience.

    1. As someone who passed on the Wii U, I think bringing along all these heavy-hitters would be wonderful. It’d be new experiences for many of us + it would add more weight to the already amazing-growing library. Captain Toad is one in particular that deserves either a port or a sequel, heard great things about it.

  2. I think they should definitely port more game on the switch ! A lot of people including me liked many games on the wiiu and would love to be on the switch so we can play more.

    Personnaly, my wii u is dead right now (Broken) and getting the amazing game that I had on the wii u would be so much more fun seing that I can now play wherever I go.

    1. Absolutely! I would love to see Wii U games make the jump to the Switch and possibly add new content. Nintendo even has an advantage right now because of the Wii U’s failure, Many Switch owners never owned a Wii U and thus never playing the amazing games on the system

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