Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is about to release with a lot of content and DLC included. For those that never owned a Wii U, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a brand new game. For those that did own a Wii U, it’s a port of the Wii U Mario Kart with all the downloadable content thrown in, plus new optimization to run at a silky-smooth 60 FPS in single and multiplayer on the Switch. It’s the definitive Mario Kart 8 package. It will get much more exposure on Switch and sell a boatload, much more than it did on Wii U.
Many other Wii U games are in the same situation as #MarioKart8 — great games that didn’t get the exposure and user-base they deserved on Nintendo's under-appreciated system. Here are a handful that absolutely should get ‘Deluxe’ ports for a new life on the Nintendo Switch.
1. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
The next obvious candidate for the #Deluxe treatment from Nintendo would be Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the biggest Smash Bros. game Nintendo has ever made (no, I didn’t say ‘best’ Smash Bros., put down the pitchforks, Melee fans). When you account for the all the DLC Nintendo made for Smash Bros. for Wii U, the volume of content is impressive, and would make for a great Deluxe version on Switch.
It would be hard to imagine given how good Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is, but how small the Wii U user-base was, that Nintendo would abandon the game and commission Masahiro Sakurai (the creator of the #SuperSmashBros. series) to make a brand new Smash Bros. game after all the effort that went into the Wii U installment. A Super Smash Bros. Deluxe for Switch seems almost like a sure thing. Doesn’t it?
2. Xenoblade Chronicles X
Xenoblade Chronicles X, Monolith Soft's massive open-world #RPG on Wii U is the semi-sequel to Xenoblade Chronicles on #Wii. It's one of the best RPGs of the last several years, and despite the small Wii U user-base, still came close to selling a million units. It could potentially do even better on Switch.
Also, the Wii #XenobladeChronicles almost never even made it to the west and came out late in the Wii's life cycle. Why not give it the HD treatment and give both games the exposure they deserve on Switch? Two massive open-world RPGs on that pretty Switch screen? Yes please.
3. Bayonetta 2
The fact that Bayonetta 2 was even made at all was a miracle, given the lukewarm sales of the first game on Xbox 360 and #Playstation3. Nintendo stepped up with the publishing duties the second time around, and it shows. #Bayonetta2 was hailed as one of the greatest action games ever made when it released, but it was exclusive to Wii U, Nintendo's poorest selling console.
It still has managed to rake in a respectable 800,000 units, but it could do better on a bigger user-base. A straight port of the Bayonetta/Bayonetta 2 bundle the Wii U had would be welcome on the Switch.
4. Pikmin 3
Nintendo's long-dormant Pikmin series got its third installment on Wii U, and it's arguably the best in the series.
Because of the integral use of the #WiiU screen as a map screen, #Pikmin3 is another game that might have issues being played in portable mode with the Joy-Con attached. Other than that, it absolutely deserves another shot on the Switch if #Nintendo can find a workaround. Being able to command my loyal, obedient Pikmin into battle to do whatever I need them to in gorgeous, nature-esque environments would be welcome on the new system.
If Nintendo was feeling extra-ambitious, they could port the first two games as well. A Pikmin HD collection for Switch? Gimme.
5. Super Mario 3D World
Super Mario 3D World is an obvious choice for Switch. For one, it's a Super Mario platformer, which are always among the best games for whatever system they're on. For two, its emphasis on multiplayer platforming would go quite well with the Switch's portability. It would be a great way to show off the Switch's local multiplayer capabilities.
Plus, #SuperMario3DWorld is one of the most brilliant platformers Nintendo has made, and rivals the Super Mario Galaxy games on Wii for creativity and inventiveness. Although Super Mario Odyssey is likely going to be Nintendo's big holiday title this year, don't be surprised to see this one eventually make its way to Switch. Maybe include Captain Toad's Treasure Tracker in a Deluxe version?
6. The Legend Of Zelda HD Collection
I'm cheating a little by including two #Zelda games here: The Wind Waker and Twilight Princess. They would be ports of already remastered HD ports, but having these portable on Switch would be worth the cost of rebuying them for many.
The Wind Waker and Twilight Princess would be straight ports of the Wii U HD remasters.
You could possibly include a new Skyward Sword HD remaster as well. The Joy-Con controller has all the functionality needed to play it. Unfortunately, you wouldn't be able to play it in portable mode with the Joy-Con attached to the system since the whole game revolves around motion-control.
I'm probably dreaming that Nintendo would sell all three for $60. That's $20 per game, which seems reasonable for games that are as old as these, even with a new coat of paint. But it would fly off shelves if they did.
What's more likely is Nintendo releasing all three games for $30-$40 a piece. And I would still buy them.
7. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Wii U was one of the best platformers of last generation. Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii was one of the best platformers of the generation before.
DKC: Tropical Freeze's sales fell well short DKC: Return's sales in spite being arguably the better game. Although having no D-pad on the Switch Joy-Con could be a problem, it would be a shame if this game didn't get more exposure.
Plus, after over 20 years, we finally get to play as Cranky Kong in a #DonkeyKongCountry game! Bring it to Switch, Nintendo! Maybe with the original DKC trilogy as bonus content?
8. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
I know the headline says seven games, but I'm throwing in an honorable mention. The Wii U had a lot of good games!
#ShinMegamiTensei meets #FireEmblem. Atlus and Intelligent Systems teamed up to create one of the most unique RPGs ever seen in Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE. It revolves around pop stars' creativity being stolen in order to take over the world.....or something.
The story doesn't make sense, but #TokyoMirageSessions has it where it counts. The battle system is engaging, fun, and looks fantastic. Nintendo basically sent this game out to die at the tail-end of the Wii U's life cycle, and its sales reflect that.
After how long it took to put this game together (rumors are the development process between Atlus and Intelligent Systems was pretty tense), it deserves better than it got. Put this one on the Switch, Nintendo, with some extra content!
The Switch Is a Deluxe Console
There are many other games that could have made this list. I could easily make two more articles featuring Wii U games that didn't get the user-base they deserved on Wii U that would do better on Switch.
All indicators so far are that the Switch is going to be big seller, possibly rivaling even the original Wii in sales. Although gamers tend to grumble at too many ports from other systems, I wouldn't mind seeing them assuming we're getting enough new games to balance it out.
What Wii U game would you like to see come to Switch? Let us know in the comments!