Mr. Fils-Aimé’s interview with Vice touched on a broad variety of topics including E3 2017, some of the games they announced around that time, and his expectations for the company’s latest console. One of the more interesting bits was a question regarding the possibility of more titles from the Wii U catalog being ported to the Nintendo Switch in consideration of the recent success of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
One of the main points mentioned was the business opportunity relating to the sheer amount of content that was made for the Wii U relative to its overall install base. In short, there were a lot of games that might not have gotten into the hands of as many players as they would have liked. Although ports may be a possibility, in the opinion of Mr. Fils-Aimé he believes that a game making its way to the Switch ought to have something extra to offer customers rather than just a straight port. Aside from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Pokkén Tournament Deluxe was highlighted as another example of the way they would like to do things; new fighters added to the pool give customers an incentive to pick up a game that they might already own and makes it a fresher experience with new content.
As for third parties, Nintendo of America’s President conceded that there weren’t very many outside publishers that made titles for the company’s previous console. While he did not necessarily dismiss any possibilities of ports or deluxe editions, he emphasized that the conversations between Nintendo and third parties tend to focus on bringing the best content possible to their newest platforms.
What do you think of the possibility of some Wii U titles making their way to the Nintendo Switch as either straight ports or Deluxe Editions? Are there any games that you feel should be prioritized for being ported to the Switch? What hidden gems do you think there are in the Wii U library? Let us know in the comments below!