With the release of New Super Mario Bros U on the Switch, Nintendo has largely made up for a system that just could not get started. The poor Wii U while mostly well designed had a big flaw it could not overcome, marketing. Five years of sluggish sales later, the Wii U may not be adored or even kept like we do our NES and Nintendo 64’s, but it had a library of exclusives some consoles would die for.
On the Switch we have seen the likes of Pokken Tournament, Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe jump on the scene. Have we seen the last of the Wii U with January’s Mario release? I certainly hope not, and here are a few titles as to why.
The original squid-kid title made its debut on the Wii U, and it had more than it’s share of Nintendo quirkiness. Nintendo does not usually deal in multiplayer, and especially with shooters, but they made a third person shooter so family friendly it captured many hearts. Splatoon 2 was a launch window title for the Switch, so the need for the original is not large. My suggestion? Do it as an expansion. You could charge $29.99 and add the original story as well as a collection of multiplayer maps.
- The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD/Twilight Princess HD
We all want to have every Zelda title on one device. There were rumors flying around that Skyward Sword may be the first title to get reinstatement on the Switch, but I think Nintendo should go another route. Nintendo already did their hard work on the Wii U, so why not just port it and charge us again? Even better, I would bet nearly any Nintendo fan would pay $69.99 for a collection of both (example in Bayonetta 1 and 2).
- Super Mario Maker
This one makes way too much sense. Super Mario Maker was an incredible idea on a flatlining console. Nintendo did it’s best to prove the series could keep working and ported it over to the 3DS, but with missing features. With the Switch having a touchscreen this game could work. My only concern? I do not see it working well or at all I’m docked mode. Maybe just to play levels instead of editing? Maybe give us Zelda Maker?
- Wii Sports Club
I will admit, I am genuinely surprised Nintendo has not taken a swing at this (sorry, bad pun). With the design of the joy-cons, especially how they worked in 1,2, Switch, Nintendo could sell a Wii Sports title very easily. I liked how they did it on the Wii U, you could buy your favorites a la carte or get them cheaper in a bundle. Digital would be the way to sell it. Maybe come up with a few additional sports to add as well?
So those are my picks for the best titles left that Nintendo could bring to the Switch! How did I do on the list? Are there any you would add or feel are left out? “Wii” would like you to tell us in the comments (I can’t stop).
David Burdette is a gamer/content creator from TN. He loves Playstation, Marvel, Star Wars, and many other fandoms. You can check out his content at YouTube.com/SplitEnd89 or on Twitter @SplitEnd89.