I acquired a lot of Wii U games from Gamestop the last 3 months and found myself only missing 8 titles.
3 Just Dance Games
2 Heavy Hitters (Axiom Verge, Devil’s Third)
Disney’s Planes Fire & Rescue
Ben 10 Omniverse 2
Brunswick Pro Bowling
Currently, despite my fever pitch rush to amass the whole NA Library, I only really desire 3 of them. Ben 10, Planes, Brunswick Bowling. They are affordable, readily available, and games I might play a few times. The Just Dance games might never be played by yours truly. While Axiom Verge looks good, it is also hard to find it under $100 dollars. Devil’s Third is well, well… Well, honestly, it is $200 dollars. Paper Mario Thousand Year Door is my most sought after game right now. It is roughly $100-125 complete and I vomit a little thinking about it. So, no way I am paying $200 for a game I only kinda sort of care about.
I sent that list of 3 games to my local video game store and in about 2 or 3 weeks, one of those games emerged.
Yeap, Brunswick Pro Bowling has been scratched off the list. This leaves just 7 more games! I have no rush for the previously discussed 5 titles. I look forward to getting Ben 10 2 and Disney’s Planes Fire and Rescue in the coming months.
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As many of you know, the Nintendo Switch has been a port machine, sometimes it seems like Nintendo is relying on those ports. Perhaps that has never been more noticeable than this year, 2020. Nintendo fans have seemingly rioted in droves by the lack of stellar Triple A titles barely trickling out this year, you can kind of see why the Switch owners have not been happy. For me, 2020 has been solid. Sure, it’s nothing spectacular, but with Spongebob Battle For Bikini Bottom and Paper Mario Origami King, I’ve been enjoying my Switch over the summer. I still have Ary and the Secret of Seasons and Pikmin 3 Deluxe to look forward. That’s to say nothing of games I did not pick up such as Animal Crossing. Yet, when you look at Nintendo’s big holiday season, all we have is a port of Pikmin 3. Not great but not bad on it’s own. However, nothing is in a vacuum. Nintendo fans ran with every rumor and leak to come over the last 12 months. That means fans are still anxiously waiting for the BOTW 2 release date and official announcements for the Mario 3D games. You can see how fans view a $60 port of an existing game as just underwhelming. However, ports are not this big evil concept many consumers are trying to make them out to be.
Let’s start by saying that if Nintendo’s big holiday title is Pikmin 3, I will feel underwhelmed but completely okay. I mean many gamers do not have endless amounts of income to just throw at video games. Nintendo does not need three Triple A titles in November and December to have a good holiday season. By the end of the year, I’ll most likely have bought the four aforementioned games. That’s a good year in my opinion. However, I think for the general public to count Nintendo’s holiday season as a success, Nintendo needs one Triple A title that is not a port. Realistically, I think all Nintendo might have in the chamber would be a port of Super Mario 3D World. Which brings us back to Wii U ports. There’s two reasons this is okay. The first one, and you’ve all heard this, no one bought the Wii U. Remember the Wii U sold like 13 million units world wide. The Switch has already sold over 50 million units. Meaning virtually no one played Pikmin 3. The second reason is a bit more controversial. Nintendo always ports games over with bonus features. DK Tropical Freeze released with a new Funky Kong mode. Xenoblade Chronicles released on Switch with more story content. Even Pikmin 3 Deluxe is releasing with all DLC and bonus Olimar missions. Not to mention every game getting re-released on Switch has an added feature. It is mobile. That cannot be understated. You’ll now be able to play Pikmin 3 on the go. Jessica and I can play Pikmin Bingo while we are waiting on our next class to start. That is huge.
Now, why did I mention controversy? I saw a video ripping Nintendo for taking down the Wii U digital versions of DK Tropical Freeze and Pikmin 3 from the Wii U eShop, then selling the Switch versions for $60 dollars. Personally, I’m not sure how I feel about it. I don’t feel like Tropical Freeze added enough content to upgrade for the full $60, so I skipped it. I could see people taking issue with it. Now, with Pikmin 3. Jessica loved Pikmin 3 on Wii U. She never got to beat it because I was glued to my Wii U during it’s lifespan. However, she loves portable gaming. She loves the Switch, the 3DS, and the Vita. So, if she gets it on the Switch, she probably wont ever stop playing it. $60 probably doesn’t seem that bad for the game, the bonus content, and portability in her eyes when Pimin 3 Deluxe launches in October. So, if you already own the game on their former systems, it is really up to you how much the bonus content adds in your eyes.
Ports often carry a console when it first launches. PS4 coasted it’s first year with remasters of GTA V and The Last of Us while Xbox One’s big title was the Halo: Master Chief edition. That is nothing uncommon. However, the Switch is in it’s 3rd year. Having your big holiday title, remember as of right now, being a port is just so flat when Sony and Microsoft are pitching the next gen of gaming. But the theory is that Nintendo was just not prepared for Covid and the restrictions thereafter. Now, it is a little jarring that the biggest video game company in the world could be so blindsided by this but it might just be a product of old man philosophy we know Nintendo clings to. So, I look at these ports as a necessary evil. Nintendo clearly has a robust lineup coming down the pipeline if you believe all the leaks and rumors. My thought then becomes, “Wow, 2021 is going to be a crazy year.” 2021 could host 3D Mario remakes, BOTW2, the next mainline Kirby game, F-Zero returning, Mario Kart 9, Pikmin 4 and those are just the ones that have a shot. So, if Nintendo needs to use ports as a buffer while the world begins to fix itself, I’m okay with that. If you aren’t, that’s fine too. However, I would say don’t jump ship yet. Breath of the Wild 2 will be the biggest thing in 2021 if it is able to squeeze into the calendar year.
I also hear people degrading Nintendo fans because all Nintendo fans want are remakes and they get excited about ports such as Pikmin 3 Deluxe. Here’s the thing. We love our Nintendo games. Everyone wants Ocarina of Time on Switch because the game is timeless. We want the younger generation to experience it. We want traditional Xbox or Sony fans who picked up the Switch for casual gaming to experience it. We are just proud and nostalgic about our games and we want everyone to experience them. The Switch is selling like hot cakes with literally no sign of stopping. Nintendo would be wise to keep pumping out ports as long as we keep getting fresh IPs like Splatoon and Astral Chain and new games such as Odyssey and BOTW. The 2nd reason being to get these classic games HDified. Spyro getting the remake trilogy and Battle For Bikini Bottom getting HDified are some of the best games I’ve played. Destroy All Humans got a remake and it is amazing. Simply put, as long as they’re adding new content, updating the game play and controls, and improving the graphics, I am all for it. Quite frankly, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker, and Twilight Princess coming to Switch would excite me to no end. If Nintendo ported over Super Mario Sunshine with more friendly FLUDD controls that would be a dream. I’m not saying they can, but FLUDD has inhibited me from enjoying Sunshine.
So, in defense of Nintendo ports, these ports have not stopped Nintendo from releasing new games. Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, Breath of the Wild, Kirby, Yoshi, Smash Bros, Astral Chain, Pokemon Snap, and Bayonetta (if you’ll allow me to count it.) all have had sequels or births on the Switch. That’s just to name a few. Nintendo is also adding content, rarely just shoveling out the same game with nothing added. Many of these games were released on systems that sold poorly, meaning no one ever experienced these games in the first place. Ports are normally a win win. Sure, there’s people like us who buy every first party Nintendo game, but remember we are niche. These ports will help Nintendo while also allowing a brand new generation to enjoy these games for the first time. So, I defend Nintendo porting over titles and if those games do not appeal to me, I skip them.
Nintendo’s 2021 will probably be killer assuming they are able to get back to normal and prepare for the future. So, keep an eye on Nintendo and don’t jump ship yet.
What do you guys think about Nintendo Switch ports? I do not work in the game industry nor am I an insider, so I could be completely off base here. These are just my opinions on the public information and perceptions we have.
Thank you guys for reading. Have a great day!
Now I know the Wii U, and Nintendo at large, gets a lot of hate now a days, and rightful so at times. But if you examine the Wii U for what it is, there is a lot to like.
#5- The Gamepad is actually awesome- Did you see the footage of Star Fox. The gamepad can be so useful if the game calls for it. In the new Star Fox, the gamepad will be used to create a first person look while the tv scene is in third person. I found the gamepad very useful while playing windwaker. I also exclusively play SSBU with the gamepad. It is actually funny. I was afraid of the gamepad and totally stayed away from the Wii U because I thought it was clunky dumb and just awkward. I heard about SSBU and bought the Wii U like two years in advance just for SSBU. I played the Super Mario game that came with it and Windwaker and fell in love with the gamepad and the Wii U. Nintendo will keep renovating the gaming world.
#4- There is more third party involvement- It seems to be believed that third party companies refuse to make games on the Wii u. That really is not true. Now rather you consider these games to be good or not is of your own opinion but they have a good list of third party games. There is the Batman series, the assassins creed series, the lego series, the amazing spiderman 1 & 2, Bayonetta 1 and 2, Call of Duty, Skylanders, Disney Infinite, Resident Evil Revelations, Madden and NBA 2k, Monster Hunter, and more. Also this list debunks the thought that Nintendo only does kids games too.
#3- Virtual Console- A lot of people believe we should be propelling into the future of games and not take the time to glorify the old ones. I believe we can do both. If you do not know what the VC is, it is a feature on the Wii U that allows you to download old games, much like running a old rom on the computer. Their selection is nice and has solid games on it. The highlights are: Megaman 1-6, Kirby’s adventure, Super Mario Brothers 1-3., Ghost ‘n Goblins, Metroid, Castlevania 1-3, Donkey Kong 1 and 3, Mother 1(Earthbound Beginnings), Punch-out, Zelda 1 and 2. But there is a whole lot more too. It is a very nice feature. Most games will range from 5-10 dollars though.
#2- Multiplayer Games- A great story is always nice, but in todays gaming world multiplayer games are at the front of the gaming world. My first experience of multiplayer gaming: Playing my brother at 007 Golden Eye on N64 as well as Mario party and Mario Kart. And Nintendo is still going strong with multiplayer goodness. Mario Kart 8, Mario Party 10, SSBU, Nintendo Land, DK Tropical Freeze, and now Splatoon. Grab a buddy or go online and spend hours having some of the most fun you can have with a friend. Not to mention the Wii U’s online access is still FREE! My friend, who is not the biggest Nintendo fan in the world, said he would buy a Wii U just to try and kill me in the new Super Mario Bros game.
# 1-The Library of games- While the PS4 and the Xbox one try to lure you in with all the bonus features, and granted I use my 360 for crunchyroll 90% of the time on it, a console should be mostly about its games. I do believe the PS4 and the One both have some respectable games, but early on their biggest titles were just remakes of their biggest hits on previous consoles(Tomb Raider, Last of Us, and Halo Master Chief Edition). I know people will say Nintendo is just remakes of Mario and Zelda, but they really are not. I have played a Nintendo system every time they come out. The games are not simply remakes. Each addition brings nice new touches to the series. But as point 4 showed, they have the third party games to go along nice with the Wii U games.
So do not believe the hate on the Wii U. It is a great system. I have had mine for about two years or so and I am loving it. I can not wait for some of the big games they have coming out this year and next.