With the official announcement of Shantae: Half Genie Hero hitting the Nintendo Switch this summer, and an updated port of The Wii U’s Minecraft releasing last week, it’s a fun time to be a gamer on Nintendo’s fresh new console. As evidenced by Mario Kart 8 Deluxe breaking records, many gamers who missed out on excellent titles on the Wii U are eager to try these excellent titles out. Whether for the first time or just to revisit these worlds in a prettier light, here are my top 5 Wii U games that should be ported to the Switch.
5. Super Mario Maker
Seeing as how Super Mario Maker was ported over to the 3DS, it’s true that the Wii U isn’t the ONLY way to play this, but the different input options and the Switch’s portability make this a no brainer. I personally have yet to experience this title and YouTube has made me suffer for failing to do so. The user created levels look amazing and ever since LittleBigPlanet showcased the concept, I’ve always hoped for Nintendo to do the same. It’s here. Just not on the Switch. We want it Nintendo. Let’s be real though, there’ll be a (not so) surprise announcement at E3 and it’ll fill a gap somewhere along the line this year.
4. Donkey Kong Country – Tropical Freeze
This title probably has the most hours clocked in for a Wii U game that I never actually finished. I remember just being in awe at how colorful and what a masterful job Retro Studios did in recreating the world of Donkey Kong Country for modern consoles. For me, this would be a great game to just take on the go and be able to jump in and out and take advantage of the Switch’s flexibility. I would love to be able to revisit and finally complete this game. The clock’s ticking and my Switch is waiting. Chop chop.
3. Xenoblade Chronicles & Xenoblade Chronicles X
Okay, so one is a Wii title. Whatever. And yes, I did put 2 titles as one entry (you’ll have to get over it, and quick) but I never got to fully enjoy these titles as they ended up hitting my backlog and getting buried every time a new release came out that interested me more. With the open world style gameplay being compared to the likes of Breath of the Wild, I can’t help but feel a little sad that I never got to experience these titles. Much less the fact that the original Wii title went MIA and unless you wanted to overpay or play on a 3DS, you were out of luck. Trailers and screenshots did not help the matter at all since they did an absolutely amazing job at showcasing how beautiful they are. Gamers did a lot to get the first one localized, Nintendo! Come on, man!
2. Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2
Told you you’d have to get over it. A pair of Wii titles take the number 2 spot and this just has to happen. I’m not talking about a virtual console release. I want them remastered in glorious HD like they did with another pair Nintendo titles found on the GameCube. This has a less likely chance of happening than the next entry, that’s why it finds itself in the number 2 spot. But considering the high praise these 2 titles have received and this generation already being the generation of ports, why the heck not? I want to experience Super Mario Galaxy on the go and in HD!
1. The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD & The Legend of Zelda Windwaker HD
Yes, these are the pair of GameCube titles. Meaning the Wii U versions are already dolled up Ports. But they’re Wii U games, okay! And alright, so maybe being bundled is just a tad bit unrealistic. (Not All The Way! Remember The GameCube Zelda Disc!) BUT I think these 2 titles have the biggest chance of being ported over. Even more so with The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild selling like hot cakes. Why not continue to cash in? Between Zelda and the Switch itself, the Amiibo craze has gone full force as well. The first time I saw the Windwaker in HD my eyeballs nearly melted from the beauty my television had output. Twilight Princess is one of my favorite in the series and I need these Nintendo. Not want. I NEED THEM. TAKE MY MONEY AGAIN. To have these titles on the go like they did with Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask. It is a must.
With E3 less than a month away we can expect some new information surrounding the Nintendo Switch and its upcoming games. What are your thoughts? What games would you like to see ported over? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to follow us on all your social media @wtfgamersonly to keep up to date with all the latest gaming news and reviews.