This means a much larger install base on the Switch for Wii U games that practically no one played, given the Wii U’s poor hardware sales. Nintendo has already jumped at the opportunity to bring previously overlooked games to its new console, with the successful Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and the upcoming Pokken Tournament DX, both of which are going beyond the mere port-with-a-fresh-coat-of-paint mentality by adding a plethora of additional content.
It sounds like Nintendo is planning to continue this trend of Wii U ports, according to a recent interview with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé.
No specific details were given, but Fils-Aimé stated that bringing more “deluxe” versions of Wii U games to the Switch is an “active discussion” at Nintendo.
“Look, in the end, fill in your favorite franchise here,” he said. “It comes down to how do we do something more? How do we do something unique? How do we take a franchise and make it vibrant with more and [reach] more people?”
The upcoming Metroid: Samus Returns for the Nintendo 3DS is a good example of this mentality. It’s a remake of the original Metroid sequel—1991’s Metroid II: Return of Samus—on the Gameboy, but instead of simply upgrading the graphics, the next side-scrolling Metroid adventure will give Samus new game mechanics that will completely change the feel and flow of the game, while still maintaining the exploration and level design of its predecessor.
“That’s how we think about our different franchises and different IP,” Fils-Aimé explained. “So when one of our developers has an idea—and again, fill in your favorite franchise here—to take it and make it more vibrant, that’s when it will come to one of our platforms.”
Until then, there are a lot of new first-party games to enjoy coming out in the next few months, not the least of which is the newly released Arms. Check out our review, and then start pummeling the competition.
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