The Nintendo Switch has an extremely diverse and fun list of first-party games on the platform, with many more on the way. Newer titles such as Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild offer unique experiences and countless hours of entertainment. Alongside these latest releases, Nintendo has been porting Wii U games onto the Switch. Titles such as Mario Kart 8 and the upcoming Donkey Kong: Tropic Freeze and Hyrule Warriors are just a few the re-releases that have graced the Switch’s library of games. Ports from the previous generation onto the latest has been a trend that began with the release of the current generation of consoles. We’ve had ports such as The Last of Us and Nathan Drake: The Uncharted Collection on the PlayStation 4, or Gears of War on the Xbox One, just to name a few.
These ports haven’t always been met with open arms, with some claiming that it is just a cheap and easy way to make quick money and developers should be creating new titles instead of rehashing old ones. Though I can understand that argument when it comes to the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, I can’t agree with it when it comes to the Nintendo Switch. In fact, I believe porting Wii U games to the Nintendo Switch is a fantastic idea.
The Porting Dilemma
I never owned a Wii U. I mean, I always wanted one, but I couldn’t justify spending a large sum of money on a console with such a tiny library. Sure, the first-party games available were amazing, but that no amount of Super Smash Bros. or Mario Kart 8 could convince me to fork out the money for a Wii U. A life without these games was an empty and hollow one, but it was the life I chose to lead.
Judging by the consoles sales figures, I wasn’t alone. According to Nintendo’s sales figures, the Wii U sold 13,56 million units since its release in late 2012. In comparison, the Nintendo Switch has sold 14.86 million units since its release in March 2017. In just over a year, the Switch has sold more units than the Wii U did in its lifetime. That is insane. Similar patterns emerge within the systems software sales. Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U sold 8.4 million units, while the Switch version has already sold 7.3 million units. The Nintendo Switch has already been more financially successful for Nintendo than the Wii U, and it has only been a year.
More Wins Than Losses
I understand that some people believe developers should focus on making new games instead of re-rereleasing old ones. But, when it comes to re-releasing games from the previous system onto new hardware, these sales figures are what differentiate Nintendo from the other big console makers. Porting Wii U games onto the Switch makes sense from a business perspective. Re-releasing games is not as expensive as developing new ones and porting games from a failed console onto one that’s succeeding is a great opportunity for Nintendo and Switch owners. There was a whole number of people who didn’t get the chance to play some really great games that were on the Wii U. Now, those people own a Switch and finally have the opportunity to play some of Nintendo’s finest work.
I want to see a Switch ports of The Legend of Zelda: Windwaker HD, Super Mario Maker and Mario Party 10. These games were critically successful, but didn’t have the chance to succeed because they were on a failing system. These games deserve a new life on better hardware. I don’t want them to be a footnote in gaming history. Instead, I want them to live on and be enjoyed by millions of people. The Switch already has a great line up of games, adding some from the Wii U will only make it better.