The Nintendo Switch has been off to a tremendous start, especially when compared to its direct predecessor, the Wii U. That’s not to say that the Wii U didn’t have any great games to call its own, quite the opposite actually as the system featured some of Nintendo’s (and some third party’s) best games ever made so its only fitting that they follow the precedent set by Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Pokkén Tournament DX and release even more deluxe versions of the some of the Wii U’s better and more compatible games. So as we eagerly await the Pokémon brawler to release on the Switch here’s a list of 10 other Wii U titles that will hopefully make the jump over to Nintendo’s newest console.
Note: We’ve already counted down the top 20 best Wii U games, this list however looks at the games that would be best suited for the Switch, so some GamePad heavy games aren’t making the cut here.
10 – New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U
Kicking off this list is one of the game’s that helped kick off the Wii U launch. Both New Super Mario Bros. U and it’s Luigi-centered expansion released during a time where gamers were pretty burnt out from the whole ‘new’ Mario formula but the Switch has yet to get a proper 2D platformer from Nintendo and this could be the perfect game to change that. A deluxe version would of course include both the base game and Super Luigi U but could include new stages and challenge courses and maybe even some fan favorite levels from the original New Super Mario Bros, as well as NSMB Wii and 2 on the 3DS.
9 – Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE
Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE is criminally underplayed gem of an RPG for the Wii U that blends together the worlds of Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem in fun and unique ways. Now admittedly there’s not much else that could be brought to a deluxe version outside of just more of the base game, though this could include new missions, characters, quests and stories which for fans of the game (myself included) would be more than enough.
8 – Hyrule Warriors
Unlike the other games on this list I would want Nintendo to hold off a bit on releasing a deluxe version of Hyrule Warriors, if only to give the upcoming Fire Emblem Warriors a chance to breath on its own. But when the time is right I would love to see a ‘complete’ version of Nintendo and Koei Tecmo’s mashup titles that includes not only all of the DLC content from the original game but everything that was released on the 3DS version as well so that we can enjoy that content in a version of the game that is actually playable.
7 – The Wonderful 101
The biggest bust on this list is sadly this ‘wonderful’ game from the team at Platinum Games. The Wonderful 101 is a colorful, zany beat ’em up title that had all of the makings of a hit on the Wii U but for various reasons just didn’t catch on. So what better time to give the game a new life on the Switch? It would right at home on Nintendo’s console thanks in part to the Joy-Con controllers and the ability to share the game instantaneously with a friend.
6 – NES Remix Pack
The NES Remix games were some of most original games to hit the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U and would be a great fit as a deluxe edition on the Switch. Nintendo could add more challenges and even more games that weren’t featured in the original two games. Hopefully the resurgence in popularity of retro gaming thanks to things like the NES Classic Edition shows Nintendo that their’s an audience out there for some 8-bit goodness.
5 – Xenoblade Chronicles X
Regular readers of Link-Cable will know that I love (and I mean LOVE) the Xenoblade series of games and Xenoblade Chronicles X might just be my personal favorite Wii U game. That being said it would stand from a few refinements, namely a conclusion to the cliff-hanger story. With Monoloth Soft wrapping up development on Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and moving on to a new game its unlikely that we get X2 anytime soon, so a deluxe version that adds in a proper conclusion would be very… very much appreciated.
4 – Paper Mario: Color Splash
Nintendo’s final Wii U exclusive is just another example of a game that was released at the wrong time for the wrong system. And it’s a real shame too since the game (in addition to being gorgeous) is a great game that more than earns the right to call itself a proper Paper Mario title. Admittedly I’m not too sure what else could be added to make the game a proper deluxe edition though some new quest would be nice as well as some smoothing out of the game’s rougher edges.
3 – Bayonetta 1 + 2
Oh boy people were maaaaad when it was announced that Bayonetta 2 would be coming to the Wii U as a console exclusive but that’s the world we live in and Nintendo better put that exclusivity to good use and bring this game (and the original) to the Switch. New combos, missions and maybe a Jean mode could make this version of Bayonetta the best one yet, which is saying a lot considering the game’s pedigree.
2 – Super Mario Maker
The very best Wii U game ever made absolutely needs to be on the Switch. Sure figuring out how to make the game work sans-touch screen could be a hassle but the popularity of Super Mario Maker is something that would be hard to ignore. To help make this game deluxe Nintendo could include not only new building objects (like slopes!) but new templates like a Super Mario Bros. 2 or even a Yoshi’s Island theme. Sure the gameplay there is fundamentally different but if they can pull it off it might make this Maker a must own all over again.
1 – Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
This game is coming to the Switch. it may not have been officially announced but I am ready to put money down that we will be playing Smash 4 with Joy-Cons, probably before the end of 2018. And what could this version use other than more characters (Ice Climbers please!)? Well all of the content from the 3DS version brought into HD would be nice but how about a real single-player mode a la Subspace Emissary or Melee‘s adventure mode? New online options are a must too, especially if Nintendo wants us to fork over the cash for their online service early next year.
What games do you want to see come over to the Switch from the Wii U? Let us know in the comment section below!