Nintendo Switch has received ports for nearly all the biggest games to ever launch on Wii U, from Tokyo Mirage Sessions to Super Mario 3D World. It’s been cash-grab heaven for Nintendo. However, some awesome Wii U games still are not on Nintendo Switch, where they could have a phenomenal second life.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker & Twilight Princess
Two of the biggest Wii U releases that still are not available on Nintendo Switch are the HD versions of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Many expected to see these Zelda releases this year for Zelda’s 35th anniversary. Unfortunately, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD was Nintendo’s only celebration for the franchise’s 35th birthday
This is surprising considering there were some pretty strong rumors about the games coming to Switch at some point this year. I suppose it’s still possible for a very late-in-the-year announcement, but it’s not looking likely. This is mostly disappointing because we received three classic Mario titles and a handful of other things surrounding the Mario IP for the franchise’s 35th anniversary last year. The Legend of Zelda hasn’t received nearly the same amount of love. Shame.
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 surpassed 2 million units sold on Nintendo Switch. Then a remaster of the original game, Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, sold around 1.5 million units on Switch. With both modern Xenoblade Chronicles games doing so well on the platform, you would think Xenoblade Chronicles X would be a sure-fire release for the platform.
Is Xenoblade Chronicles X coming to Switch? According to Monolith Soft, porting the Wii U exclusive to Switch would be too expensive. This was a somewhat surprising answer considering the game offered Pro Controller support on Wii U. Granted, the Wii U GamePad was still required for actions like fast travel, but the game wasn’t dependent on that controller all the time.
From the outside looking in, it seems like Chronicles X would be a simple porting job with some small resolution and FPS enhancements. But hell, I’m sure there’s more to it than that. It’s just a damn shame this game is stranded on the Wii U when it would surely find a much larger audience with a Nintendo Switch release (especially with quality-of-life changes). I have hope we might see it one day. Xenoblade Chronicles is a growing franchise (with a new entry reported to be in deep development), and I think there will continue to be demand for Xenoblade Chronicles X on Switch.
NES Remix 1 & 2
I would love to see NES Remix Pack, containing 1 and 2, come to Nintendo Switch. I never got around to playing these titles on Wii U or Nintendo 3DS, but they always looked like a blast. I think these games would be a perfect addition to the Nintendo Switch Online (NSO) subscription service. We’ve seen titles like Tetris 99 and the limited release of Super Mario Bros. 35 come exclusively to the service, and I think NES Remix 1 and 2 would make great permanent titles on service. They would surely bolster the questionable value of NSO.
Nintendo Land (Remix?)
Speaking of Nintendo Switch Online — I think Nintendo Land is an extremely underrated Wii U title, and that it is not on Switch is a shame. I still play this game today with my family and friends when they visit. I would love an online version of Nintendo Land via NSO. Sure, it’s not quite the same as playing in person, but I think there are a lot of fun mini-games and ideas here that tons of people missed out on. Hell, they could even expand on this with updates and more games. I’ll be brash and say Nintendo Land is better than any modern Mario Party game — that’s right, I said it. And it deserves a second life on Switch or NSO.
Yoshi’s Woolly World
If we’re bringing all of these other Wii U titles to Nintendo Switch, we might as well give Yoshi’s Woolly World another go. Let’s face it — tons of people skipped Wii U. And even though Yoshi’s Woolly World isn’t an amazing title, there’s a lot of fun to be had with it. I mean, it’s easily one of the cutest games ever made, so there’s that.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
I know what you’re thinking: “But the Switch doesn’t have a touchscreen controller!” That’s why Kirby and the Rainbow Curse could be a portable-only release, which isn’t out of the ordinary on Switch. There is a handful of titles that can only be played in handheld mode. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse could work the same way. I’m a huge fan of the Nintendo DS title Kirby: Canvas Curse, and I never got around to playing Rainbow Curse. Seeing a Switch release of Rainbow Curse is very unlikely. So I’ll probably end up playing it on my Wii U at some point. But I can dream of playing it on my Nintendo Switch OLED Model!
But seriously, why are these Wii U games not on Nintendo Switch yet? I’ll let the latter half of this list slide, but Zelda and Xenoblade deserve ports! Are there any Wii U games you would love to see come to Nintendo Switch? Let us know in the comments below!