It’s no secret, by now, that the Wii U was a bit of a joke. The system sold so poorly, in fact, that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the Switch port of a game originally released on the Wii U, has outsold the console it was originally made for. The silver lining for Nintendo, of course, has been that they could salvage the Wii U’s inarguably impressive list of exclusives by porting them over to the Switch, where a huge gaming audience can enjoy them (likely for the first time)!
While most of the Wii U’s biggest games have already made that jump or gotten strictly better sequels on the Switch, there are a few we’re still holding out for. Let’s look at some Wii U games we’re still hoping come to Switch!
The Wonderful 101
Platinum Games, made from the former employees of Clover Studios, are responsible for some of the very finest video games out there. From Bayonetta to Astral Chain, these guys know action games. So imagine our delight when a Kickstarter for the Switch port of their criminally underrated Wii U exclusive The Wonderful 101 went live! In less than 24 hours, the Kickstarter made more money than the game itself made on the Wii U.
If that doesn’t sell you on how awesome the Switch has been for Nintendo, we don’t know what will.
Somehow the Switch is three years old and there is not one drop of Pikmin content on it. Despite being a major IP for Nintendo, Pikmin might as well not exist at present. While the interminable wait for Pikmin 4 drags along, Nintendo should tide us over with a Pikmin 3 port, at least. That game is way too good to get left out to dry on the Wii U.
Super Mario 3D World
Let’s keep it real: Super Mario 3D World is easily the weakest 3D Mario game. However, that’s rarefied company, and 3D World is still a fun romp. We’d love to see it get some recognition on the Switch. After all, New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe, the port of the Wii U’s 2D Mario game, has sold over 6 million copies on the Switch already.
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Without a doubt, Xenoblade is the coolest new Nintendo IP in years and has been a huge name for the company since the first one launched in 2010. With Xenoblade 2 being one of the finest games on the system and the first game getting a port later this year, we’re hoping to see the Wii U’s fun, mech-centric entry make its way to the Switch.