Update: Well, that’s one down: Pikmin 3 Deluxe (no, not Pikmin 4) is coming to Switch on 30th October. Take a look below as we round up the Wii U exclusive stragglers that haven’t made it to Switch in Deluxe form… yet.
Back in January we asked you in a poll which games you’d most like to see return from Nintendo’s previous console generation for an encore on Switch. Since then, we’ve seen just one game from that selection make the generation jump: The Wonderful 101: Remastered.
It’s easy to believe that Switch has already picked Wii U’s carcass clean, but that isn’t the case. If you’re like us and eager for more people to get their hands on treasures from the Wii U years – or you missed out on them yourself and want to sample them on Switch – there are several juicy morsels waiting to be devoured and we’ve rounded them up for you
Below you will find the big name Wii U games that haven’t made their way to Switch along with a score based on ‘Switch Port Probability’. Some have been rumoured, others remain pipe dreams, and others are probably best left alone.
So, let’s take a look at the last Wii U games standing, and consider which ones are most likely to come to Switch.
One of the biggies. For this writer Super Mario 3D World was a game that didn’t really ‘click’ until it was finished. At the end we really started to appreciate 3D World’s achievements and accept it for what it was, rather than wishing it were a more open Odyssey-style 3D Mario game.
Consequently, we’d love the chance to revisit it, and Switch’s facility with local multiplayer makes it surprising we haven’t seen it already.
Switch Port Probability: 8.5/10 – The GamePad features could be removed without losing much at all, and this game would really sparkle on Switch. We wouldn’t be surprised if this were to get a surprise announcement in the run-up to holiday season, with the idea that it might emulate some of the success of Nintendo’s other Mario platforming port, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Monolith Soft
4th Dec 2015 (UK/EU)
With Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition already part of the Switch library, it would make a certain amount of sense to complete the set by bringing this over, too. In our January poll this was the third most voted-for game you’d like to see make the jump.
Switch Port Probability: 6/10 – We would love to see this come to Switch. Love to. But unless Nintendo is desperate for another huge RPG, it seems less likely than others on this list. Plus, Monolith Soft is busy helping out with the new Zelda game, too, so we’d imagine it’s already all-hands-on-deck for that.
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: PlatinumGames
22nd Apr 2016 (UK/EU)
A fun, if flawed, game on the Wii U, we wouldn’t mind seeing a streamlined Deluxe port of this. It would be a different game on Switch thanks to its use of the GamePad and controls which, for some, proved tricky to master. Still, Switch is lacking in the Star Fox department, and if there’s a first-party game on this list that could really benefit from a second pass, it’s probably this one.
Switch Port Probability: 4.9/10 – From Nintendo’s perspective, we’re not convinced the company sees sufficient appetite for another Star Fox game, and heavy hitters from the Mario and Zelda series on this list would surely be ahead of Star Fox Zero in the Switch port queue. Not impossible, certainly, but improbable.
This combo of Wii U eShop titles NES Remix and NES Remix 2 might not have set the world alight, but it was a fun little retro-flavoured package that we wouldn’t mind seeing resurrected. With a large selection of NES games available to play on the console via the Nintendo Switch Online subscription, it seems less likely we’ll see the likes of NES Remix Pack again, but stranger things have happened.
Switch Port Probability: 3/10 – Unlikely.
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Intelligent Systems
7th Oct 2016 (UK/EU)
Color Splash wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it was a good-looking, workmanlike entry in a beloved series and an encore on Switch might have made more sense were it not for a certain recent announcement…
Switch Port Probability: 2.62/10 – Before the announcement and quick arrival of Paper Mario: The Origami King, we might have given this a 50/50 chance. Now, though, it’s far less likely we’ll be seeing the Wii U entry return.
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Good-Feel
26th Jun 2015 (UK/EU)
Mario’s dinosaur pal has already charmed Switch owners with Yoshi’s Crafted World, and although it’s arguable that these material platformers are starting to lose their sheen, dyed-in-the-wool fans surely wouldn’t be opposed to having a Yoshi’s Woolly World Switch port, if only for another opportunity to crack out those adorable Yarn Yoshi amiibo again.
Switch Port Probability: 5/10 – It would be most pleasant to see Yarn Yoshi again on Switch, although Nintendo isn’t exactly lacking in the cute platformer department. Personally speaking, we’d rather see an HD remaster of the incomparable Kirby’s Epic Yarn.
One of two HD remakes in the Zelda franchise, Twilight Princess HD was an excellent version of a very solid Zelda adventure in the traditional mould. For Wii U owners who played it back in 2016, there’s little reason to return so soon, but it would be a shame if this HD update wasn’t made more widely available, no?
Switch Port Probability: 6/10 – TPHD would be a welcome addition to Switch’s library and we’re all for making Zelda games available on as many platforms as possible. Speaking of which…
We’d love to see this Wii U remaster come to Switch in Deluxe form, and bonus points if it arrived with an optional toggle to switch between the lovely, vibrant bloom lighting of the HD version and the ‘flatter’ but equally lovely visuals of the GameCube original. We like both, and the ability to swap between each style would be grand.
Switch Port Probability: 6/10 – Same as above, really. The more people who can access this, the better.
With the success of Animal Crossing: New Horizons no doubt prompting sales of this bargain bin favourite to skyrocket (due to the Isabelle amiibo and cards it came bundled with), this is one first-party title we’re not desperate to see again. It’s dull as dishwater and the Wii U deserved better.
Switch Port Probability: 1/10 – Maybe as a free download? We might get it then… if it didn’t take up too much space on our Micro SD card.
Publisher: Ubisoft / Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier
30th Nov 2012 (UK/EU)
Ubisoft’s launch game was a pleasant surprise, and one of the few games to genuinely make use of the Wii U GamePad in innovative and interesting ways that affected gameplay.
Switch Port Probability: 2/10 – ZombiU has already been ported to other non-second-screen-toting platforms, although it failed to generate much interest from gamers the second time around. Frankly, Ubisoft has more important things to be doing on Switch than reviving a sales disappointment from 2012 for the second time. Nah.