July 10, 2017

Switch-Ports


In the past, I have been salty about the fact that the Nintendo Switch has gotten so many wii u games ported over to it. I understand that the wii u 'failed.' I personally quite enjoy mine and myself and my lady have a decent selection of games on it. So, to us, it wasn't a 'fail.' The wii u was essentially....a half and half, or an in between - it shares things in common with both the wii and the switch, but it just couldn't decide what type of console it wanted to be. This was mostly due to the marketing, also responsible for naming it "wii u." However, I can sort of see why it is. Heck, even trying to figure what games need the gamepad in terms of multiplayer is confusing. It honestly does vary game by game.

So, for me as a wii u owner, I kept saying "Why would I want a Switch?? So far it has all the games the wii u does!"After all, we buy new gaming consoles to play new games. That said, because a few people missed out on the wii u's games, I'm going to suggest some. This list, from a wii u owner, shows the console's strengths. Of course, any parts of the game that feature or make use of the gamepad would have to be removed.

 

New Mario Bros. U + New Luigi U

If one were to port this over to the switch, it obviously wouldn't have the "u" in the title. "New Mario Bros. Switch" implies that it is a whole new game, just for the Switch. I propose that if it makes it over to the Switch, to call it "New Mario Bros. 3." The reason behind this is, on the DS we had New Mario Bros. Then, on the wii, we had New Mario Bros. wii. After that, on the 3DS, came New Mario Bros. 2. Then of course, New Mario Bros. U for the wii u. So calling it the 3rd one makes sense, naming-wise to me. Unless they come up with a better title. And hey, why not throw in New Luigi U in there as well?? On the other hand, "New Mario Bros. Switch" [all new] would also be a welcome addition.

Sure many are looking forward to Mario Odyssey, however having this game on the Switch would a great opportunity for more Mario - especially if one isn't fond of 3D Mario games.



Mario 3D World + Captain Toad

Ah, Mario 3D, one of the reasons why I bought my wii u.... it's similar in design and engine to the 3D Mario game on the 3DS. This was one of the games I was hoping would sell a lot of consoles. The game is fairly large, offers multiplayer a la the New Mario games [all players all at once]. This is a 3D Mario game, but not really. You can move in and out of the background, but the levels do follow the 'left to right' pattern for the most part. It would also be neat if they included Captain Toad in the same game cart, or made it a 2-in-1 deal. 

This game was one of the wii u's strongest games, and I think it would do well on the Switch.
Possible title on the Switch: Mario 3D World DX, Mario 3DX World, Mario 3D World + Captain Toad

 

Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze

One of the wii u's best games. Nothing says "Nintendo" like classic Donkey Kong action! Due to the nature and sales of the wii u, this is somewhat of a 'hidden gem', even though it's part of a larger franchise - Donkey Kong!
Possible title on the Switch: Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze DX
Also welcome: a new Donkey Kong game, in the vein of Donkey Kong Returns, as well as this title.


Xenoblade X

Sure, the Switch is getting Xenoblade 2, however, to build up hype, offer a bundle etc, I see that as a perfect chance for Xenoblade X to get transferred over to the Switch. It could include all DLC. Prior to Zelda: Breat hof the Wild, this was one of the best, most-recent open-world games there were.
Possible title on the Switch: Xenoblade DX, Xenoblade X - Complete Edition

 


These (this?) game(s) I discovered while attempting to obtain an NES Classic. At that point, I knew that the wii u wasn't doing so well, and that there wouldn't be a whole lot more games coming out for it....which meant even less for me to get. So, I used some of my eshop balance and got both NES Remix and NES Remix 2. They were two games, available only on the wii u's eshop at first, and then on the 3DS as Ultimate NES Remix, and a physical disc copy for the wii u called NES  Remix Pack.

The games are a series of speed-challenges taken from a selection of games that were on the NES. There are some challenges that mixes them together, such as using Link in a Mario level.
Possible title on Switch: NES Remix Deluxe
Also welcome: Super NES Remix and possibly even Nintendo 64 Remix  

 


The Legend of Zelda HD Collection [Wind Waker + Twilight Princess]

The HD version of Wind Waker really showed what the wii u could do. It was colourful, vibrant, and the use of the gamepad was top notch. The imagine with the HD version of Twilight Princess HD left a bit to desired, but it was a vast improvement over the original - just not vast enough. I think dual release of the remasters would be great on the Switch, offering those who enjoyed Breath of the Wild a little bit more of a sampling from the Zelda series, if Breath of the Wild was their first Zelda game.
 


Smash Bros U

As much as I'd like there to be a "Smash Switch", I would not argue with the wii u version coming over - as long as the Switch will get a new installment.

The Switch edition can contain everything from the wii u edition [and perhaps the 3DS, as well??] making it a complete edition.
Possible title on Switch: Smash Bros: Championship Edition, Smash Bros. Ultra [or some such]

I will close off with some ideas. First up.....


The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD [remake??]

It seems that the next Zelda game to be remastered on the check-list would be Skyward Sword. However...that game was built on motion controls, which is its downfall. One of a few. Nintendo could work around forcing motion controls, in favor of having it playable on the Switch. On the other hand, they could also re-build the game, as well.....

Some other full on remakes I'd like to see would be:
Zelda 87
Zelda: A Link to the Past
Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

When I say full-on remake, I'm not talking about remastering or enhancing what is already there, but essentially an all-new game, in that aspect. much like Square Enix is doing with Final Fantasy VII. It is still "Final Fantasy VII" but the game is completely redone.

As mentioned above, I'll recap some of my ideas here:

- Super NES Remix
- New Mario Bros. Switch
- Captain Toad 2
- Donkey Kong Switch
- F-Zero Switch
, or a HD version of the Gamecube game.
- Earthbound Collection
- Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door HD, or a new game
- perhaps a few more Gamecube and wii games!

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