Hidden Gem? Why it’s OK for Nintendo to recycle every Wii U game.

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Nintendo really did not do a good job selling Wii Us, and to a large extent that has put a low hanging cloud over their software during the console’s lifespan as well. What Switch owners have been finding out is that the software during the Wii U years was never the problem, it was just convincing people to buy the hardware to play it. Nintendo failed in that regard, but their software shined, just as always. The Switch already has a great list of Wii U ports:

  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
  • Hyrule Warriors
  • Pokken Tournament
  • Bayonetta 2

It is wonderful that all of these games have found second life on the Switch, with the potential to reach a new audience. Nintendo could reach even further into their catalog to fill voids in their software release schedule. There is still a nice list of games waiting in the wings, with a reasonable probability of eventually joining the port party:

  • Pikmin 3
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
  • Super Mario 3D World
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X
  • Paper Mario Color Splash

And then there are those games that maybe we shouldn’t expect, but would really fill a nice niche for certain demographics.

  • The Wonderful 101
  • Tokyo Mirage Session #FE
  • Fatal Frame

The software output for the Wii U was slow, and often it was up to Nintendo alone to support the console. But these games were mostly excellent, and for Switch owners to get a chance to play them is also excellent for Nintendo’s business, as they sort of push the Wii U out of consumers minds with each release. These games aren’t intended for Wii U owners. They are aimed at their new audience, ones that missed them the first time. Keep those games coming, and I think we will all benefit from an ever growing, already robust game library.

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