More Wii U Games Should Be Ported to the Nintendo Switch

During our podcast about the Nintendo Switch, Ian made a comment that I am still thinking about.  He said that he bought a Wii U and never played it, why should he buy a Switch when Nintendo has betrayed him before?  Because the Wii U was fantastic.  Damn I loved the Wii U and I definitely did not play it enough.  I barely gave the console a chance, I chose to ignore some of the best releases of the last five years because I was more focused on the Xbox, PlayStation, and PC.  But what if some of those great Wii U games were remastered for the Nintendo Switch?

Nintendo has already begun the transition from Wii U to Switch.  In the nine months since the Switch’s release we have already seen three great Wii U games ported to Nintendo’s newest console.  The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was released simultaneously for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U (seriously Ian just go buy this game for the Wii U, you need to play it!),  Mario Kart 8 was re-released with all of the downloadable content in May, and Pokken Tournament was ported in September with improved net play and integration.  Nintendo is not shy about bringing some of it’s best games from the Wii U to the Nintendo Switch, and it seems like that trend will continue with Bayonetta 2 coming to the Nintendo Switch in February.

wiiu1 recently posted an article ranking the probability of Wii U games coming to the Nintendo Switch.  However, they used a slide show format which makes it hard to read the list of titles.  Here are the games from the Wii U generation grouped according to how likely they will be ported to the Nintendo Switch:

Most Likely to Succeed

  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X
  • Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze
  • The Wonderful 101
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

Switch Me Maybe?

  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • Super Mario 3D World
  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U
  • Hyrule Warriors
  • Pikmin 3
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World
  • Super Mario Maker


  • Nintendo Land
  • Game & Wario
  • Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
  • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
  • Star Fox Guard
  • Star Fox Zero
  • Paper Mario Color Splash


Just looking at this list of Wii U games makes me think about how great the console is and how I just never gave it a chance.  I purchased a paltry 14 games for the system, compare that with the almost 300 games I have for the Xbox One and close to 100 games I have on Steam.  Here is a list of Wii U games I bought, number according to release date:

  1. Nintendo Land
  2. New Super Mario Bros. U
  3. Mass Effect 3 Special Edition
  4. ZombiU
  5. Pikmin 3
  6. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
  7. Super Mario 3D World
  8. Mario Kart 8
  9. Super Mario Maker
  10. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
  11. Xenoblade Chronicles X
  12. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
  13. Pokken Tournament
  14. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE


I also bought some games from the Virtual Console, but nothing that I spent a lot of time with.  Nintendo Land was actually one of the games that I played with friends more than any other, I played with college roommates, my sister, and my girlfriend more times than I can count and it was always a good time.  Over the course of the Wii U’s five year life cycle, I average three games a year.  In the Switch’s first year I already have 6 games.  I am constantly tempted to boot up my Wii U and play through Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, which came too late in the console years for my to fully appreciate.  The Nintendo Switch port of that game would be a day one purchase for me!


Oh and let’s not forget that the Wii U gave us one of Nintendo’s greatest innovations yet, the amiibo!

What games do you hope come to the Nintendo Switch?  Do you wish you would have given the Wii U’s great library more love?

Jake “prettyboyplaid” Fredericks

One thought on “More Wii U Games Should Be Ported to the Nintendo Switch

  1. I’d nominate Fantasy Life (3DS). It is my favourite portable game of all time and is really just everything I’ve ever wanted in a game 🙂 It got released one week apart from Super Smash Bros so sadly it got buried in the charts and went largely unnoticed. But my gosh everyone should check it out. It’s gorgeous and satisfying and relaxed and wonderful and ahhhhh just put it on every platform! 😛

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