5 more Nintendo Wii U games that need to make the Switch

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5 more Nintendo Wii U games that need to make the Switch

This week sees the release of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on Switch. This is pretty much a straight conversion (with a couple of minor extras) of a cult Wii U classic.

We're pleased as punch that this excellent game is going to get a second chance at success on a much more successful console. Indeed, we were happy to play Mario Kart 8 again in the early days of the Switch, and will be similarly thrilled to run through Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker when that makes the jump to Switch.

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All of which has got me thinking: which other Nintendo-published Wii U games would be good to see coming across to Switch?

I've steered clear of games for which it's been confirmed that there's going to be a fresh Switch entry - hence the absence of Pikmin 3 and Super Smash Bros.

I'm also not going to include games that are already ports themselves, such as The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (though a Switch version would be awesome).

Super Mario 3D World

I'm not going to lie to you - I wasn't the world's biggest Super Mario 3D World fan at the time of its Wii U launch. It just felt a little bit tame and safe from someone who really dug Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Sunshine.

Still, plenty of other people found it thoroughly charming, and there's no doubting the quality of its 3D platformer execution. I also think that this is a game that would make an awful lot of sense on Switch, what with its free-wheeling 4P local co-op facility.

Super Mario Maker

You could almost look at Super Mario Maker as the digital blueprint for Labo. It too offered players a set of intuitive yet power tools with which to make their own fun.

In this case that meant the ability to design your own 2D Mario levels using the Wii U's touchscreen to drag various elements around. That could work even better with the Switch's sharper capacitive screen, particularly when Nintendo gets its online service up and running properly for level sharing purposes.

Wonderful 101

Made by Platinum Games of Bayonetta fame and published exclusively on the Wii U, Wonderful 101 was a true original. It was also tragically underplayed on Nintendo's failed console.

Think of Wonderful 101 as Pikmin with superheroes, as you lead a ragtag band of super-powered individuals from one comic book encounter to the next. You can combine your followers to form powerful joint attacks using touchscreen gestures, which again would map well to the Switch's screen.

Paper Mario: Color Splash

We haven't had confirmation of a new Paper Mario game for Switch yet, and while we hope that will be rectified before too long (2019 perhaps?), a port of the Wii U's Paper Mario: Color Splash would go down a treat.

While Paper Mario: Color Splash is far from the finest entry in the series, it remains a thoroughly charming RPG set in a beautiful papercraft world.

Mario Party 10

Look, no one's pretending that Mario Party games are particularly great. They're not. But they fill a very specific niche of super-local multiplayer games that even non-gamers can partake in. They're the acceptable alternative to getting some awful boardgame out at the next family get-together.

So yeah, Mario Party isn't brilliant, but it's kind of useful. Which is precisely why we'd rather Nintendo just ported across the last entry, Mario Party 10 on Wii U, rather than wasting resources on a new one. Everybody's happy!

Jon Mundy
Jon Mundy
Jon is a consummate expert in adventure, action, and sports games. Which is just as well, as in real life he's timid, lazy, and unfit. It's amazing how these things even themselves out.